It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living

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Every story can change a life.
Watch a video Growing up isn't easy. Many young people face daily tormenting and bullying, making them feel like they have nowhere to turn. This is especially true for LGBT kids and teens who often hide their sexuality for fear of bullying. Without other openly gay adults and mentors in their lives, they can't imagine what their future may hold. In many instances, gay and lesbian adolescents are taunted - even tortured - simply for being themselves.
After a number of tragic suicides by LGBT students who were bullied in school, syndicated columnist and author Dan Savage uploaded a video to YouTube with his partner Terry Miller to inspire hope for LGBT youth facing harassment. Speaking openly about the bullying they suffered as teenagers, and how they both went on to lead rewarding adult lives, their video launched the It Gets Better Project YouTube channel and initiated a worldwide phenomenon. With over 6,000 videos posted and over 20 million views in the first three months alone, the world has embraced the opportunity to provide personal, honest and heartfelt support for LGBT youth everywhere.
"It Gets Better" is a collection of expanded essays and new material from celebrities, everyday people and teens who have posted videos of encouragement, as well as new contributors who have yet to post videos to the site. While many of these teens couldn't see a positive future for themselves, we can. We can show LGBT youth the levels of happiness, potential and positivity their lives will reach if they can just get through their teen years. By sharing these stories, "It Gets Better" reminds teenagers in the LGBT community that they are not alone - and it WILL get better.

About this item

Every story can change a life.
Watch a video Growing up isn't easy. Many young people face daily tormenting and bullying, making them feel like they have nowhere to turn. This is especially true for LGBT kids and teens who often hide their sexuality for fear of bullying. Without other openly gay adults and mentors in their lives, they can't imagine what their future may hold. In many instances, gay and lesbian adolescents are taunted - even tortured - simply for being themselves.
After a number of tragic suicides by LGBT students who were bullied in school, syndicated columnist and author Dan Savage uploaded a video to YouTube with his partner Terry Miller to inspire hope for LGBT youth facing harassment. Speaking openly about the bullying they suffered as teenagers, and how they both went on to lead rewarding adult lives, their video launched the It Gets Better Project YouTube channel and initiated a worldwide phenomenon. With over 6,000 videos posted and over 20 million views in the first three months alone, the world has embraced the opportunity to provide personal, honest and heartfelt support for LGBT youth everywhere.
"It Gets Better" is a collection of expanded essays and new material from celebrities, everyday people and teens who have posted videos of encouragement, as well as new contributors who have yet to post videos to the site. While many of these teens couldn't see a positive future for themselves, we can. We can show LGBT youth the levels of happiness, potential and positivity their lives will reach if they can just get through their teen years. By sharing these stories, "It Gets Better" reminds teenagers in the LGBT community that they are not alone - and it WILL get better.

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Contributed by: Savage, Dan
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publish Date: Mar 2011
ISBN-13: 9780525952336
ISBN-10: 0525952330
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 338
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.02
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.84 x 1.19 x 8.56
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An incredibly important book.
3/21/2011

Customer review by An anonymous customer

5.0 stars 3/21/2011 by An anonymous customer
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Like many people who grew up gay and afraid, my soul may have survived those years but I have a few scars left behind. It Gets Better gently strokes these wounds — the toughened and the still-tender ones — so that young people today might take heart and make the journey to adulthood a little more safely. There's no denying the power of this project, and what could easily be the most important book of the year. You can read my full review at http://marksking.com/my-fabulous-disease/the-book-with-a-promise-it-gets-better/

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Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:45 - 54
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This is a great book
3/22/2011

Customer review by Soundtracks

5.0 stars 3/22/2011 by Soundtracks
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Growing up in Utah is tough. This book would have been a huge resource for me. I hope all the teenagers read it.

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Lifesaving Book
3/22/2011

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5.0 stars 3/22/2011 by ProudParent123
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This book is a great read and will save lives. My son is attacted to men (you can't use the G word on Walmart's site!) and he dropped out of school. Children need to know that it DOES get better. Thank you Walmart for selling this wonderful book.

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ProudParent123
Longmont, CO
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:45 - 54
Gender:Female
This book will save lives.
3/23/2011

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5.0 stars 3/23/2011 by retrojayne
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At last, a succinct message of hope for today's LGBTQ youth. Let's hope this generation and future generations don't have to cower in the fear and despair that many of past generations faced.

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retrojayne
CT
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Age:25 - 34
Gender:Female
Appalled by your actions
3/21/2011

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5.0 stars 3/21/2011 by Store36Appalled
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I am appalled that you will not use the word G A Y in the reviews of this book. I work for you and you fell the word is PROFANE? That means you feel I am profane. How appalling do you think I am?

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Comment from Ratings & Reviews Team - 3/24/2011

Recently it was brought to our attention that a customer was unable to complete a review of the book “It Gets Better” on Walmart.com. We regret that a filter did not allow his review of the book to post and we quickly worked to resolve this technical issue. The customer's review can now be found on Walmart.com at: http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=15417381. We reached out to the customer directly to discuss the issue and, as an extra measure, we have reviewed the system to ensure that it will allow the use of all appropriate words related to sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Age:35 - 44
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