In September 2010, wanting to help LGBT teens who can’t picture happy adult lives for themselves, syndicated columnist Dan Savage and his partner Terry created a YouTube video.

Within a few months, the It Gets Better Project had inspired over 10,000 people to share their own videos, which have been viewed over 35 million times. President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Adam Lambert, Anne Hathaway, Colin Farrell, Matthew Morrison of “Glee”, Joe Jonas, Joel Madden, Ke$ha, Tim Gunn, Ellen DeGeneres and the staffs of The Gap, Google, Facebook and Pixar are among those who have contributed.

It Gets Better has also been adapted into a book that is available now at the library.  There are also many other resources for LGBT teens and their friends and supporters.  Click here to see a list of books: LGBTQ | Niles Public Library District | BiblioCommons.

In addition to It Gets Better, Check out these websites:

The Trevor Project Call the free confidential Trevor Lifeline at 866-488-7386 to talk to a counselor.  Visit the website to chat with a trained volunteer, connect with others and learn more about suicide prevention.

Sex, etc. A sex education website created by teens, for teens.

Gay-Straight Alliance Network Empowering youth to fight homophobia and transphobia in schools.

American Civil Liberties Union: LGBT The LGBT Project fights discrimination and moves public opinion through the courts, legislatures and public education across five issue areas including Youth & Schools.

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