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It Gets Better Wins the Governors Award

September 7, 2012

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Board of Governors awarded the "It Gets Better" project their 2012 Governors Award this year.

From an article in Deadline:

“The It Gets Better Project is a great example of strategically, creatively and powerfully utilizing the media to educate and inspire,” said [Bruce] Rosenblum. “This is television moving well beyond the traditional physical set in the viewer’s living room to the intimacy of the monitor, laptop, tablet or mobile device and delivering the ideal mix of inspiration and creativity to affect awareness and, ultimately, change. The Academy is proud to celebrate the success the Project is already having on LGBT youth, and, to hopefully, drive more visibility for this important cause.”

Such an honor for Dan Savage, Terry Miller, and all the other hundreds of contributors! We are glad to see the project continue to move people, on YouTube, in book form, on MTV and elsewhere.


Posted by waleslit on September 7, 2012  |  Permalink

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Whaleboats Under Sail

May 6, 2011

As part of its advertising campaign for Google Chrome, Google put together this ground-breaking LGBT-positive ad that celebrates the "It Gets Better Project" and its incredibly effective use of social media. The ad is so effective it has to be seen:

Posted by Waleslit on May 6, 2011  |  Permalink

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Whaleboats Under Sail

April 1, 2011

Check out the April 10, 2011 copy of The New York Times Book Review: It Gets Better, edited by Dan Savage and Terry Miller (Dutton/Penguin) will be #16 on the Print Hardcover Bestsellers list, #24 on the combined Print Hardcover and Paperback Bestsellers list, and #35 on the combined Print and E-Book Bestsellers list. Watching the reception to this book, as well as the continued success of the project, has been profoundly moving.

Posted by Waleslit on April 1, 2011  |  Permalink

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Whaleboats Under Sail

March 23, 2011

NPR's Fresh Air host Terry Gross talks with Dan Savage and his husband, Terry Miller, today about the It Gets Better Project's inception, their marriage, and growing up.

You can tune into NPR at 8:00 PST (3/23/11) today to catch the interview, and in the meantime, read an excerpt from the book and more here on NPR's site.

It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living (Dutton/Penguin, 2011) is edited by Dan Savage and Terry Miller, with contributions from Alison Bechdel, Urvashi Vaid, Michael Cunningham, David Sedaris, Ellen Degeneres, President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Senator Al Franken, and many others. It's an amazing collection of people speaking out.

Posted by Waleslit on March 23, 2011  |  Permalink

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The Grand Armada—Agency Author News

December 13, 2010

"It Gets Better" Project mentioned in Frank Rich's New York Times opinion piece, "Gay Bashing at the Smithsonian." Not to be missed... the kicker's at the end!

It’s partly to counteract the hate speech of persistent bullies like Donohue and Perkins that the Seattle-based author and activist Dan Savage created his “It Gets Better” campaign in which gay adults (and some non-gay leaders, including President Obama) make videos urging at-risk teens to realize that they are not alone. But even this humanitarian effort is controversial and suspect in some Beltway quarters: G.O.P. politicians and conservative pundits have yet to participate even though most of the recent and well-publicized suicides by gay teens have occurred in Republican Congressional districts, including those of party leaders like Michele Bachmann, Mike Pence and Kevin McCarthy.

Posted by Waleslit on December 13, 2010  |  Permalink

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Nantucket Sleigh Ride!

October 20, 2010

Hillary Clinton has added her own message to Dan Savage's "It Gets Better Project," a sure sign the project has gone viral. You can view her video here at The Stranger.

Dan Savage's "It Gets Better Project" has, as we said Monday, started discussions across the country and received attention from celebrities from Chris Colfer to Tim Gunn and all kinds of news media-- and now the Secretary of State. It's so cool to see the project resonating at a level that can (and hopefully will) save lives and affect policy.

Check the project out on YouTube if you haven't already—it's awesome.

Posted by Waleslit on October 20, 2010  |  Permalink

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The Grand Armada—Agency Author News

October 18, 2010

The Sidney Hillman Foundation awarded Dan Savage the Sidney Award for Socially Conscious Journalism on Friday for his "It Gets Better Project," which he began on YouTube in September with now almost a million viewers and an amazing outpouring of responses,videos, and media.

The "It Gets Better Project" is a video archive created to start a dialogue between grown LGBT individuals and youth in reaction to recent suicides by bullied gay teens and young adults. The message: life gets much better once you're independent and school is behind you. It's an awesome project and hopefully the attention it receives will help change young people's lives.

Coming soon: a book based off the "It Gets Better Project" is being curated by Dan and his partner, Terry, and will be published in early 2011 with Dutton/Penguin as an adult book with YA crossover marketing, meant to raise awareness and give more teens opportunities to get the information they need from the "It Gets Better Project."

We would like to congratulate Dan on his work, on receiving a Sidney, and taking action to try to prevent the tragedy of teen suicide.

Posted by Waleslit on October 18, 2010  |  Permalink

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