Tonight at 11:00pm ET, both MTV and Logo will air an “It Gets Better” special, anchored by one of the co-founders of the It Gets Better Project, Dan Savage. Following the project’s message of hope and acceptance, the 60-minute special will focus on the stories of three individuals dealing with challenges faced by many in the LGBT community: a high school senior struggling to tell his friends and family that he is gay; an out lesbian woman seeking acceptance from her family; and a transgender man preparing to get married. Throughout the special, Dan and his partner Terry Miller share their own experiences of coming out, as well as inspirational advice for young people who feel unsupported by their communities for being who they are. Several celebrity participants in the It Gets Better project are also featured in the special, including Adam Levine, Zachary Quinto, Margaret Cho, Chaz Bono, and many more. You can watch the special and join the conversation by following the live tweeting @LogoTV.
The It Gets Better project began in September 2010 amidst growing media coverage of the bullying and harassment encountered by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth. Dan and Terry’s video spoke directly to these young people, encouraging them to have hope and assuring them that, though it may not seem like it at times, they have support in this world. Since then, the project has grown to include more than 30,000 user-created videos, sharing inspirational messages that all together have been viewed over 40 million times. Videos have been submitted and shared by government officials, entertainment personalities, entire companies, organizations, and communities, and countless individuals. The “It Gets Better” special airing tonight brings these contributions from viral success to television, where even more people, especially LGBT youth and the people they look to for support, can hear the voices and see the faces of those who have dealt with similar struggles and have found acceptance in the world.
GLAAD encourages everyone to tune in tonight to the “It Gets Better” special and watch as three individuals grapple with important issues and seek the support they need to live their lives openly.