In September 2010, syndicated columnist and author Dan Savage sparked one of the most inspiring, life changing social media campaigns, the It Gets Better Project with one YouTube video. He made the video with his partner Terry Miller in response to the suicides of students being bullied in school and to inspire hope for young people facing harassment.
In the last year, the It Gets Better Project has received more than 30,000 user-created videos, viewed more than 40 million times. The video submissions include celebrities, organizations, activists, politicians and media personalities, such as President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Ellen DeGeneres, Colin Farrell, Joe Jonas, Sarah Silverman, Tim Gunn, the staffs of The Gap, Google, Facebook, Pixar, the Broadway community, and now The Walt Disney Company.
As I shared in a post about Disney’s It Gets Better video on 5 Minutes for Mom, helping young people survive the difficult teen years is very personal for me. As a former youth worker, and now as a parent, I am ecstatic to see the tens of thousands of people step up to help the world become a better place, where bullying is openly discussed and LGBT youth can find help, support and acceptance.
Disney isn’t the first company to reach out with an It Gets Better video, but with Disney’s “family friendly” brand, their support of their own LGBT Cast Members and the entire LGBT community, I imagine, will have a profound impact on many.
I, for one, became an even bigger Disney fan after seeing their It Gets Better Project video. Well done Disney!!!
If you are a young person, considering hurting yourself or need help, call the Trevor Project now:
866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386) and check out the TrevorProject.org.
If you are in Canada, you can call the Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868, for anonymous and free support and counseling services, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To ask a question online, visit kidshelpphone.ca.
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