It September 2010, syndicated columnist and author Dan Savage and his partner Terry made a YouTube video for LGBT teens and youth as a reaction to the number of young people who took their lives the past year because of being bullied.
Following this posting, they began the It Gets Better Project, which accepts YouTube videos with inspiring messages for those who need it. Click here to check out the site. Celebrities and everyday people have posted more than 10,000 videos. In March 2011 they were also able to publish a book that contains inspiring essays and other materials, and all the proceeds from the book are being donated to LGBT youth charities. It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living can be found on our shelves in the Library.
Recently, the band Rise Against has collaborated with the It Gets Better Project to use clips from the video submissions in their newest music video for their song Make It Stop (September’s Children), and the video was released this week. The song draws its inspiration from the rash of suicides of bullied teens. Make It Stop (September’s Children) is on their latest album Endgame, which you can find in the Library’s collection. Also, an interesting note, the band filmed the music video at lead singer Tim McIlrath’s former high school, Rolling Meadows High School.