The “It Gets Better Project” at YouTube

What would your older self say to your younger self, if you could?

That’s the premise behind the It Gets Better Project: older gays and lesbians attempt to persuade gay and lesbian teens contemplating suicide to refrain and look with hope to their future.

Prompted by recent news reports of a long bullied gay teen in Indiana who committed suicide, a gay couple with an adopted eight year old boy started the project, and they have a new YouTube channel devoted to it.

The clips are powerful testimony to the difficulty and isolation associated with growing up gay—and the light at the end of the high school tunnel (that is, if you don’t live in a country like Saudi Arabia or Uganda).

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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4 Responses to The “It Gets Better Project” at YouTube

  1. Great idea! I also like a very similar You Tube project to a bit more targeted audience of gay Mormons. Same idea … “you’re not alone”, “Life really is great once you get past this”

    And there’s a very diverse group of men who have approached coming out and their religion in so many different ways. I wish I’d had this sort of thing when I was young.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/MorMenLikeMe

    • santitafarella says:

      Great! Thanks for the link.

      —Santi

    • herman says:

      wow, your utube channel is great, and much needed. i’ve had quite a few gay mormon friends who really ended up psychologically damaged from all the brainwashing. watching ur clips can help!

      here is my video submission for itgetsbetter. enjoy


      herman

  2. andrewclunn says:

    This is just a good idea in general. If I ever have a gay child I’ll be sure to remember this.

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