Lessons from It Gets Better Project

As we move further into the 21st century, we are expected to keep up with the fast-pace technology that has become such major parts of our lives. With all of these advances, we are able to reach more people in different ways. One of these ways is the It Gets Better Project. 

The It Gets Better Project started in September 2010 by author Dan Savage and his partner Terry Miller when they created a YouTube video wishing to inspire hope in young people facing harassment(1). Since then, the project has grown to become a worldwide movement about hope, diversity and inspiration. More than 50,000 videos have been created and viewed more than 50 million times(1). People from all over the world with different backgrounds and orientations have responded and made their own videos to support others in times of need.

According to the It Gets Better Project website, its mission is to communicate “to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them”(1). To say that this project is a success would be an understatement. There are people everywhere that face many problems in their lives, especially as young adults. Projects like It Gets Better help young people realize they are not on their own and that there are safe places to express themselves. There is hope and it will get better.

Through projects like It Got Better, the It Gets Better Project is able to let those who are struggling know that even celebrities have the same problems. Celebrities like Jane Lynch, star on the hit show Glee, express their problems and how it got better for them(2).

All of these videos are an inspiration for those who are struggling and need a source of hope. By letting everyday people express themselves, the project is catapulted through the internet and the user-generated content is what inspires others. Yes, there are celebrities involved, but they are not the main focus. Celebrities are people with problems just like those who are bullied for their gender and sexual orientation. By making this emotional bridge between celebrities and fans, it gives confidence to others that they are not alone and that there is good in the world. The It Gets Better Project is just one step towards an inclusive and diversity-rich world that we will one day get to live in.

For more information about the project visit http://www.itgetsbetter.org/

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