It Gets Better Project

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Karen Wirsing, Common Sense Media
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LGBTQ site offers teens advice on how to cope with bullying.

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Positive Messages

There is a place in society for each person. People become more knowledgeable and accepting as they experience more diversity.

Violence

Some testimonials include stories of hate crimes and suicidal thoughts with advice on how to cope.

Sex

This is a site that helps LGBTQ teens find comfort in their sexual orientation and gender identity. There are discussions about coping with the acceptance of being lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgendered.

Language

Stories are told about teens who were bullied and called "fag."

Consumerism

The site accepts donations for the campaign, and people can purchase It Gets Better merchandise. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that It Gets Better is a support site to help lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered teens find acceptance with who they are. The site encourages teens to look forward to the future and to be excited about who they will become, even though today they may be experiencing struggles with bullying and tormenting. LGBTQ adults, mentors, and supporters provide testimonials, and their message is the same: No matter how trying life seems, it does indeed get better. Each person who enters the site is asked to take a pledge to stand up against hate and intolerance. Users can create videos or interact through comments on the site's blog. The blog includes stories about LGBTQ people "coming out" to friends and family members, and also gives updates on the campaign's progress.

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Kid, 12 years old August 16, 2013

Sticking up!

I think that whichever kid is getting bullied everyday and when there is involving violence, sex, pressure, and all that stuff they have gone too far. They have... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bycaitlin johnson July 2, 2013

bullying

bullying is wrong tell your kids!!!!

Is it any good?

IT GETS BETTER sends LGBTQ teens a very important message: You are not alone. The site offers a place where teens can feel love from a supportive community when overwhelmed by hopelessness. The campaign was created by columnist Dan Savage and his partner, Terry, as a movement to eliminate the emotional damage of bullying and hate crimes. The movement aims to help struggling LGBTQ teens understand that adolescence can be a very difficult time, but is a diminutive part of life.

The testimonials on this site are from successful LGBTQ adults who are currently following their dreams and leading lives of happiness, and there are also videos from supporters such as President Obama and the San Francisco Giants baseball team. These stories of support make this an essential site for LGBTQ teens who may be struggling with acceptance.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about sexual orientation, gender identity, and accepting diversity.

  • Families can also talk about how to approach bullying and cyberbullying. Discuss what to do if being taunted and tortured at school. Whom can you talk to and what are the appropriate actions to take?

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