Growing up isn’t easy. Many young people face daily tormenting and bullying, leading them to feel like they have nowhere to turn. This is especially true for LGBTQ+ kids and teens, who often hide their sexuality or gender identity for fear of bullying. Without other openly LGBTQ+ adults and mentors in their lives, they can't imagine what their future may hold. In many instances, LGBTQ+ adolescents are taunted — even tortured — simply for being themselves.
While many of these youth couldn’t see a positive future for themselves, we can. The It Gets Better Project was created to show young LGBTQ+ people the levels of happiness, potential, and positivity their lives will reach – if they can just get through their teen years. The It Gets Better Project wants to remind young people in the LGBTQ+ community that they are not alone — and it WILL get better.
Select 2018 Accomplishments
Empowering It Gets Better stories were viewed 5.9 million times, with more than 3.9 million minutes watched, the equivalent of more than 7.4 years of screen time condensed into 12 months!
It Gets Better EDU, our new education program, now has twelve incredible guides that translate some of the most popular It Gets Better media content into discussion guides for use in the classroom and other community settings. Last year, more than 1,000 students around the world participated in It Gets Better EDU programming. And, more than 500 educators received training on how to leverage It Gets Better content in the classroom to facilitate discussions around issues impacting the LGBTQ+ community.
Expansion of the It Gets Better International Affiliate Network included the recruitment of new representation in Argentina, the United Kingdom, and the Dominican Republic. From Chile to Canada and from Portugal to India, the It Gets Better Project's footprint now spans four continents.
The It Gets Better Project also returned to western Europe for its second annual EuroSummit in Gothenburg, Sweden, and it launched its first LatAm Summit in Bogota, Colombia for affiliates in Latin America. These summits are wonderful opportunities for members of the It Gets Better Project's Global Affiliate Network to connect, discuss global issues, and learn new strategies to improve outcomes for young LGBTQ+ people in their home countries.
Your investment will support the global expansion of the It Gets Better Project's storytelling efforts, development of educational materials highlighting the LGBTQ+ experience, and provide scholarships to young LGBTQ+ activists looking to hone the skills they need to influence change in their local communities!