Parents' Guide to

It Gets Better

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Honest accounts of LGBTQ life inspire hope for teens.

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This documentary centers on the concerns of the LGBTQ culture specifically, but its overall message is likely to touch any teen or young adult who's been harassed for any reason. What began as one testimonial of hope in a YouTube video has evolved into a worldwide movement, thanks to Savage and tens of thousands of LGBTQ mentors and supporters who've added their own advice to the project's website to give hope to teens struggling to come to terms with who they are. It Gets Better expands on the website's format by giving viewers a more thorough glimpse into the lives of three people offering to share their stories about the fallout of being gay, lesbian, or transgender in today's society. It's an emotional journey that encourages viewers to contemplate the human impact of some tough issues.

First-person testimonials about overcoming difficulties with peers can resonate for any number of reasons, so this shouldn't be thought of as targeting one group of viewers. The participants' empowering messages could just as easily impact straight teens coping with their own insecurities as it could someone who's gay. In the end, these honest accounts are likely to raise thoughtful discussion points between parents and mature teens about topics like diversity, relationships, and the experience of gay people in today's society.

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