It Gets Better Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living

ISBN-10: 0525952330
ISBN-13: 9780525952336
Edition: 2011
List price: $21.95
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Book details

List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/22/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Every story can change a life. Growing up isn't easy. Many young people face daily tormenting and bullying, making them feel like they have nowhere to turn. This is especially true for LGBT kids and teens who often hide their sexuality for fear of bullying. Without other openly gay adults and mentors in their lives, they can't imagine what their future may hold. In many instances, gay and lesbian adolescents are taunted - even tortured - simply for being themselves. After a number of tragic suicides by LGBT students who were bullied in school, syndicated columnist and author Dan Savage uploaded a video to YouTube with his partner Terry Miller to inspire hope for LGBT youth facing harassment. Speaking openly about the bullying they suffered as teenagers, and how they both went on to lead rewarding adult lives, their video launched the It Gets Better Project YouTube channel and initiated a worldwide phenomenon. With over 6,000 videos posted and over 20 million views in the first three months alone, the world has embraced the opportunity to provide personal, honest and heartfelt support for LGBT youth everywhere. It Gets Betteris a collection of expanded essays and new material from celebrities, everyday people and teens who have posted videos of encouragement, as well as new contributors who have yet to post videos to the site. While many of these teens couldn't see a positive future for themselves, we can. We can show LGBT youth the levels of happiness, potential and positivity their lives will reach if they can just get through their teen years. By sharing these stories, It Gets Betterreminds teenagers in the LGBT community that they are not alone - and it WILL get better.

Dan Savage lives in Seattle, Washington.

Introduction
A Message from President
You Will Find Your People
The Life Almost Lost
In the Early Morning Rain
Something Has Changed Within Me
Action Makes It Better
You Are a Rubber Band, My Friend
God Believes in You
The Person Worth Fighting For Is You
A Message
Life Unfolds Exactly As It Should (But Not As You Planned)
It Gets Better for a British Soldier
Getting Stronger and Staying Alive
Coming Out of the Shtetl: Gay Orthodox Jews
Going Back In
And the Emmy Goes to …
A Message from U.S. Secretary of State
This I Know for Sure
It Gets Better Broadway by Members of the Broadway and New York Theater Community
Rockin' the Flannel Shirt
How It Got Better for an Ordained Christian Minister
Out of Darkness
I Was a Teenage Lesbian
Something Special
The Dinner Party
What I Wish I Knew
Freedom from Fear
A Message from Prime Minister
You Will Meet People Who Celebrate You
An Identity Unfolded
A Message
Brothers: It Gets Better
Drop Dead, Warlock
Gwendolyn Gone
Growing Up Gay …
The Biggest Gift
A Message from Senator
Transsexual Prairie Girl
Art from Rage
It Gets Better
Too Good to Be True
Journey to a Better Life
The Gay Guy in the Band
Will I Grow Up to Be Paul Lynde?
Finding Who I Am
Community
A Message
Gunn's Golden Rules
Perfect, Just the Way You Are
Where Happiness Is
Not-Normal
Born This Way
Darn It
Look at the Moon
Critical Shifts
For Aideybear
A Message
The Show Must Go On
Survival Tools
Dear Uncle Ronnie
My Office Wall
Keep on Livin'
It Gets Better Because You're a Little Different
Unapologetically, Me
A Collective Voice
I Didn't Always Wear a Tuxedo
How I Got Over
A �Better� Evolution
Save Yourself, Save the World
Becoming an Authentic Person
On the Other Side
Bully Me
To the Bullies
The Good Fight
A Message
Haters Can't Hate Someone Who Loves Themselves, and if They Do, Who Cares
Not Playing at a Cinema Near You
From �Faggot� to Field Biologist
It Got Better
Our Parents as Allies
Lesbian Teacher Believes in You
Stepping Off the Sidelines
My Own Worst Enemy
You Are a Beloved Child of God
Transgendered and Self-Educated in Maine
The Power of �You�
It Gets Better for Small Towners, Too
To Me: With Love and Squalor
Happiness Is Inevitable
I Wish I'd Been Sassier!
Protect and Serve Loves Semper Fidelis
The Doors of Acceptance
Hope Out of Tragedy
Patience Makes Perfect … Sense
Christian LGBT Kids: You're Part of the Plan
Terrible Day
The Worst of Both Worlds
Closets on Fire
The King Brothers
Community Found
From Scared to Proud: The Journey of a Gay Medical Student
Authentic Self
You Can Live a Life That's Worth Living
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Resources
Some Curriculum Guidelines for Schools and Teachers
The Trevor Project
GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network)
ACLU LGBT Project
Photo and Comic Credits
Permissions

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