because we found it: TODAY! The ‘It Gets Better Project’ book for LGBT youth launches
Today, the ‘It Gets Better Project’ is officially launching their book It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living. The org, started by Dan Savage and partner Terry Miller, was in response to the spate of suicides in 2010 by gay teens who were facing continued harassment. According to the announcement we received from the team: “The book includes essays and new material from more than 100 contributors, including celebrities, religious leaders, politicians, parents, educators, youth just out of high school, and many more.” Some of the celebrity contributors include Ellen DeGeneres, Tim Gunn, Michael Cunningham, David Sedaris and Suze Orman.
For those of you in New York City, the ‘It Gets Better’ team will be at the Barnes and Noble on 97 Warren Street at 7:00pm (RSVP here). If you can’t make it to the event, the team outlines other ways you can all help:
- Help get the book into every high school in the country by donating $25.
- Pre-order a book for yourself, or buy a book to give to someone you know.
- Share news of the book on your social networks.
Also- see our nod to the images out there for gay teens and teens alike on Glee. Projects such as “It Gets Better” and Glee illustrate how harassment of any kind is wrong. As young people begin to accept their own sexuality in growing numbers, and at a younger age, our society must also adapt to this reality. It’s important that LGBT youth to know they aren’t alone. There is a world of acceptance and compassion that awaits them and the ‘It Gets Better Project’ is working towards showing them just that.
Check out the official video from the ‘It Gets Better Project’ team and go get your copy of the book today!
March 22, 2011 by Pulkit
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