It Gets Better
Dan Savage, advice columnist and author, founded the It Gets Better Project to raise awareness that everyone--gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual, straight--deserves to be respected for who they are. This powerful project was created in response to last fall's tragic suicides of five gay teens who experienced bullying, discrimination, and abuse on a daily basis at the hands of their peers.
The Gets Better Project is a collection of over 10,000 videos from celebrities, politicians, and everyday people--gay and straight--who have led happy and fulfilling lives despite the discrimination they endured at the hands of ignorant people. Get started with a video of Dan Savage
and a video of Chris Colfer (Glee)
The website also features resources for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, and questing teens to get help from a safe and caring support system.
Introducing . . . The Book!
It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living is a brand new book containing GLBT-positive personal essays. Read a few excerpts from the book here.
Look out for an upcoming SMCL blog post featuring GLBTQ Fiction for Teens.
Photo credit: Dan Savage by ALA - The American Library Association via Flickr
Karen Choy, Youth Services Librarian, is stoked to report that life rules after high school.