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It Gets Better

on May 15, 2012

Name: It Gets Better

URL: http://www.itgetsbetter.org/

Description: The It Gets Better project first began in September 2010 when syndicated columnist and author Dan Savage created a YouTube video with his partner Terry Miller to inspire hope for young people facing harassment. The project reminds young people in the LGBT community that they are not alone, and things will get better if they can just get through their teen years. Itgetsbetter.org contains more than 40,000 user-created videos from around the world including submissions from politicians, celebrities, activists, media personalities, and everyday people. The videos show young people who are gay, bi, or transgender how love and happiness is in their future and a whole community (both gay and straight) of support.

Review: It Gets Better is an amazing site that sends LGBT teens a very important message: You are not alone and things will get better. This site offers teen a space where they can go and watch/listen to inspirational stories from successful LGBT adults who are now leading fulfilling and happy lives. Not only are their testimonials from LGBT members, but also the straight community creating a community of acceptance and support for those teens struggling with acceptance and hopelessness.

My only concern with the site, is that immediately upon visiting the site, users are prompted to “Take the Pledge.” This requires users to provide their first and last name, email address and zip code. Beneath the pledge is an option to skip this step and proceed to videos. Users can engage in the blog or upload their own videos, however, this information becomes property of the website and is stored online indefinitely. Users need to be aware of privacy and safety issues before releasing any information.

Educational Application: The website can be a means of opening up discussions either at school or with families regarding accepting diversity, bullying and cyberbullying, and what the appropriate actions are to handle similar situations.

Similar/Related Sites of Interest: http://www.queerattitude.com/ This site is specifically designed with LGBT youth in mind and really focuses on what teens are going through now.

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