n September 2010, Dan Savage--author of the internationally syndicated relationship and sex column Savage Love--created a YouTube video in response to a number of tragic suicides by LGBT youth who were bullied because of their sexual orientation. Through YouTube, Savage's first video (embedded below) reached people across the globe and encouraged them to hold on.
Today, the It Gets Better Project has grown into a worldwide movement dedicated to reminding LGBT youth that they're not alone.
"It Gets Better has gathered support from celebrities, politicians, and organizations ranging from Colin Farrell and Hillary Clinton to Pixar and Gap. Recently, thirteen U.S. senators teamed up to create their own It Gets Better video, discouraging LGBT teens from giving up, and assuring them that America's political atmosphere is changing. The senators assure viewers that they're working hard to fulfill the promise of America: equality. The politicians note the repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell Act" as a first step in speaking out against hate and intolerance, and assure the LGBT community that they won't stop there. Things will get better,"Maya Amoils stated on citizentube.
Check out the inspiring video, released Wednesday June 29, 2011, below:
…and visit here to learn about the Trevor Project, a benefactor of It Gets Better, determined to end suicide among LGBT youth.
Also, recently over a thousand Googlers participated in Pride celebrations in a dozen cities to support equality and remember the sacrifices of those who've made life better for members of the LGBT community.
"While we celebrated the legalization of marriage equality in New York, the state where the gay rights movement in the United States began more than 40 years ago, our participation was especially global this year: we were at Mardi Gras in Sydney, Australia for the first time and supported Pink Dot in Singapore," Cynthia Yeung stated. "From San Francisco to Dublin to Tel Aviv to Boston, we stepped out in large numbers for Pride parades around the world in a colorful swirl of Gaygler and Android Pride t-shirts."
"In addition to our external efforts, we're also working from within. Recently, we extended domestic partner benefits in regions such as China and Hong Kong. Last year, Google adopted a policy promoting benefits equality through a gross-up on imputed taxes for health insurance. We provided the equivalent of the Family and Medical Leave Act for same-sex domestic partners and updated the definition of infertility. Happily, over the last year we've been approached by many organizations looking to do the same," said Yeung.
Gayglers around the globe created this video to increase awareness about the LGBT community at Google: