Did you know today is Feel Good Friday and National Coming Out Day? What a great reason to highlight the It Gets Better Project, an organization whose vision is "a world where all LGBTQ+ youth are free to live equally and know their worthiness and power as individuals."
The It Gets Better Project began in 2010 as a social media campaign run by columnist Dan Savage and his partner, Terry Miller. Now it's a global movement. Their mission is "to uplift, empower and connect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) youth around the globe." They do this through storytelling and building community.
Over 60,000 people have shared their stories of resilience and hope in order to inspire others. These videos are on the website and include posts from Laverne Cox, Adam Lambert and even President Obama. If you want to share your story use this link to upload a video or submit it in writing.
Community building takes place a few different ways. There is a support page on the website that will connect you to over 1100 organizations in 40 countries that offer support to LGBTQ+ youth. You can filter by location and category to find the best resource for your situation whether you're in crisis, need legal help or want to find a social community. There are also resources for educators, and over 625,000 people have taken the pledge to speak out against hate and intolerance.
You can support the work of the It Gets Better Project by taking the pledge, volunteering, donating, and as always, connecting on social media by liking their Facebook page and following them on Twitter @ItGetsBetter.