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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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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.
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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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