What do you say to a kid who’s being bullied for being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender?
Especially in high school, LGBT kids often face a barrage of verbal abuse, online harassment, and physical attacks. The shaming and pain can eat away at a teenager’s self-worth, and, especially if they lack support from the people who they need it from the most, they often feel scared, alone, depressed, or suicidal.
But writer Dan Savage and his husband Terry Miller have one simple thing to say to kids who are struggling to survive abuse:
It gets better.
“However bad it is now,” Dan says, “it gets better. And it can get great. And it can get awesome—your life can be amazing. But you have to tough this period of it out, and you have to live your life so that you’re around for it to get amazing. And it can, and it will.”
To help life get good, Savage’s global It Gets Better
project gives LGBT kids hope and support for getting through high school, often the most difficult time in life to be gay. In the YouTube video
that spawned the project in 2010, Dan and Terry talk about the bullying they endured as teenagers—and how much better their lives have gotten since they met, fell in love, adopted a son, built thriving careers, and became accepted by their families for who they are.
The It Gets Better website features five especially cool features: