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

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