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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

It Gets Better Project: Giving Hope to LGBT Youth

Given the recent, disturbing violence and incidents of suicide within the LGBT community, Dan Savage, a columnist and author, launched the "It Gets Better Project" to give hope to LGBT youth who are being bullied or harassed because of their identity or orientation. He is asking adults to upload videos speaking directly to teens who may be feeling suicidal, to give them hope for their futures.

The statistics are alarming. According to the campaign website:

- 9 out of 10 LGBT students have experienced harassment at school.
- More than 1/3 of LGBT kids have attempted to commit suicide.
- LGBT youth with “highly rejecting” families are 8 times more likely to attempt suicide than those whose families accept them.

We think this project is a great idea. See the first video from Dan and Terry below.

To learn about the project, or post your own video, check out the website for more information. Give hope to a teen who may need it now more than ever.

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