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It Gets Better

Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating A Life Worth Living
(Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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A collection of original essays and expanded testimonials written to teens from celebrities, political leaders, and everyday people. While many of these teens can't see a positive future for themselves, we can. We can show LGBT youth the kind of happiness, potential, and satisfaction their lives hold if they can just get through these early years.
Statement of Responsibility: edited by Dan Savage and Terry Miller
Title: It gets better
coming out, overcoming bullying, and creating a life worth living
Publisher: New York : Dutton, c2011
Characteristics: x, 338 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Introduction / by Dan Savage
Summary: A collection of original essays and expanded testimonials written to teens from celebrities, political leaders, and everyday people. While many of these teens can't see a positive future for themselves, we can. We can show LGBT youth the kind of happiness, potential, and satisfaction their lives hold if they can just get through these early years.
Subject Headings: Happiness Quality of life Bullying Coming out (Sexual orientation) Gay teenagers
Topical Term: Happiness
Quality of life
Bullying
Coming out (Sexual orientation)
Gay teenagers
Additional Contributors: Miller, Terry
Savage, Dan
ISBN: 0525952330
9780525952336
Branch Call Number: 306.766 I
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Jul 09, 2014
  • beatrice16 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

this book is good for people who has been bullied because of their skin or sexuality or gender or ecthcity and just someone to lift their sprits

Jun 21, 2013
  • MADKC4Ever rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An all-around fabulous book. A must for anybody struggling with any type of bullying, even if you aren't LGBTQ. All types of people and all types of personalities are displayed through this book, all backgrounds, all religions, all races, anything you could imagine. Dan Savage and Terry Miller are such great role models by making positive growth and change in society. Read this book, it will change your life for the better!

Jun 25, 2012
  • KJtheEpicFailure rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Nothing less and everything above a 5-star rating. Inspirational, motivational, with lots of great people involved in it. Anyone and everyone should read this book, no matter their sexuality. I'm very proud to live in a world with people like Dan Savage.

Jul 11, 2011
  • Basileus rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

That horrible fall of 2010, when it seemed every day there were reports of a gay kid killing themselves due to intolerance and hostility, noted columnest Dan Savage, like the rest of us, wondered if there was some way we could reach those kids in crisis and offer them some kind of hope. Of course, schools and churches certainly weren't going to let us anywhere near their children. But in the age of the internet, we COULD reach out and there was nothing queasy teachers and intolerant parents could do to stop it.

What Dan percieved to be a very humble step on his and his husband's part turned into a global phenomenon. People from all over the world, famous and just everyday people, uploaded videos telling their stories. This book is the companion to the Youtube channel. Not all of the stories are polished, but they are all heartfelt. Unfortunately, the people who really need to read this book (the bullies wearing the masks of family, or political or religious leaders) aren't likely to read. But if it helps one lost and lonely gay kid out there, then it will all be worth it.

May 25, 2011
  • Peregrine rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A collection of encouraging stories of LGBTQ people who have survived bullying, unsupportive family, and/or self denial to have happy full lives and self-acceptance of their gender identity and sexual orientations. Also includes supportive essays by prominent Americans like President Obama, Hilary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi. Though the writing is uneven - sometimes wonderfully quirky and sometimes just plain bad, the stories are honest expressions of what it feels like to grow up LGBT or Q and what support can mean for teens struggling with who they are and who they want to love.
Should be required reading for those parents protesting the anti-homophobia policy for the Burnaby School District.

May 17, 2011
  • nwdeweyfan rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This a fantastic partner piece to Dan Savage's YouTube initiative of the same name. Each essay offers LGBTQ teens hope for the future, and offers ideas about dealing with bullies and hatred in school. Some of the essayists are very well known (American President Obama), but many are just ordinary adults offering advice and perspective. I think this title is important for teens, but equally important for parents of gay or questioning youth. Some of the cautionary tales may help parents understand how devastating their lack of support can be to their children.
If you haven't seen the It Gets Better videos on YouTube, check them out!

Apr 09, 2011
  • m2 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An amazing project by Dan Savage and his parnter, Terry Miller. To give hope to gay teens suffering abuse at jr hi, high school, and college. To prevent gay teen suicide. Lots of great voices included in this collection.

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Jun 21, 2013
  • MADKC4Ever rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jun 21, 2013
  • MADKC4Ever rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

People from all over the world, with every background, personality, nationality, and experience you can imagine write messages of hope for LGBTQ kids struggling with bullying and depression.

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Jun 21, 2013
  • MADKC4Ever rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"But I want you to know that as I look around myself right now and see the amazing people and artists and parents and activists around me, I see people who took chances, who are brave and honest and unashamed to be themselves. All the best people I know right now were once misfits and weirdos and homos and artists, just like you and me. That is exactly what I love about them."

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Jun 26, 2013
  • MADKC4Ever rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Dan and Terry- The It Gets Better Project

Dan Savage and Terry Miller, founders of the It Gets Better Project, share their stories, the first of countless other videos from around the world.

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