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.
Empowering It Gets Better® stories were viewed 11.6 million times, with more than 5.4 million minutes watched through social outlets including YouTube and Facebook. And, the It Gets Better Project’s global audience surpassed 1M social media followers and fans.
The It Gets Better Project launched a new education program that translates some of the most popular It Gets Better® media content, and other partner content, into discussion guides for use in the classroom and other community settings.
Nearly 1,000 students from El Camino Real Charter High School in Los Angeles, California joined the It Gets Better Project for a special Pride celebration, which included multiple workshops on National Coming Out Day.
Expansion of the It Gets Better® International Affiliate Network included the recruitment of new representation in Russia, the United Kingdom, and the Dominican Republic. The It Gets Better Project is now present in 21 countries around the world, including Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Greece, India, Italy, Mexico, Moldova, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States.
The It Gets Better Project hosted its first It Gets Better® Euro Summit in tandem with World Pride in Madrid, Spain. Representatives from the It Gets Better Project’s European International Affiliate Network came together to learn about the issues impacting LGBTQ+ youth today – and how to counter the symptoms of isolation and other forms of stress through positive storytelling and community building.
Your donation will support the maintenance of our national resource center, expansion of the it gets better movement around the world, and will fund scholarships for young activists to improve their leadership skills!