Wednesday, March 30, 2011

"It Gets Better" - the book is now available!



Earlier this week I was listening to CBC radio's program "Q" with Jian Ghomeshi. Jian was interviewing Dan Savage, the creator and founder of the "It Gets Better" campaign, and they were discussing the recent publication of the "It Gets Better" book. Tears filled my eyes as Dan described one of the stories in the book about how a father finally, after 10 years, came to accept his son - and his boyfriend - for being gay.

For any of you who may be unfamiliar with the "It Gets Better" project, it started out as a simple YouTube video that Dan Savage (a Seattle-based author) and his partner Terry created to inspire hope for young people who face harassment for being lesbian, gay, bi, or trans.


Less than two months after their original post, the "It Gets Better Project" (TM) became a worldwide movement inspiring over 10,000 additional video posts - from the kid across the street to celebrities, activists, and media personalities - that illustrate to LGBT youth they are not alone and that they can achieve levels of happiness, potential and positivity if they can just make it through their teen years.


Below is the video from Dan and Terry about their stories as well as how this project got started:






The book, It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living is on-sale wherever books are sold. It includes essays and new material from more than 100 contributors, including celebrities, religious leaders, politicians, parents, educators, youth just out of high school, and many more. All proceeds from the book will be donated to LGBT youth charities. For more details and to purchase the book, visit http://itgetsbetter.org/book.

You can also donate $25 USD to the campaign and they will send a free copy of It Gets Better to the school of your choice. I just had one sent to the high school in my hometown in small-town Iowa.

Whether you teach in London, Canada, the US or elsewhere, as educators, I feel it is important for us to always foster positive environments for our students, and to respect friends, family, neighbours, colleagues, and students for who they are.

What better way to put this pledge into motion by making these positive stories accessible to young people who really need to read them.

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