LGBTQ, Short Stories, Young Adult

It Gets Better: Coming out, overcoming bullying, and creating a life worth living Edited by Dan Savage and Terry Miller

In 2010, the suicides of teens who were gay and perceived to be gay drove the editors to start the ItGetsBetterProject, a series of videos on UTube aimed at teens who were suffering from bullying. The central message in the more than 100 short chapters is: “Stick it out- don’t hurt yourself, if you can make it through high school, it gets a LOT better.” The project was wildly successful, and includes messages from then-president Obama, Hillary Clinton, and numerous survivors, all giving the same message.
If it saves lives, that message bears repeating a hundred times and more, but it does seem to be time to stop the bullying in the first place. The back of the book lists resources that aim to do just that for LGBT kids.

~Alison

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