The "It Gets Better" Project
was created by openly-gay relationship advice columnist Dan Savage
in response to a string of tragic suicides
by bullied LGBT teenagers, to reassure them that in fact, It Gets Better
. Anyone can add a video, and hundreds
of average users, celebrities, politicians, web personalities, and organizations (including some offbeat videos from Facebook
, and Pixar
) have jumped on the bandwagon.
The official website can be found here.
Bring a hankie!
- Affectionate Parody: Courtesy of The Daily Show, entitled "It Gets Worse." Before you panic, it's actually telling homophobes (specifically Sen. John McCain, R-AZ) it gets worse.
But it gets worse. Sooner or later, gays will end up serving. And then twenty years later they'll make a documentary about it. You know how every documentary about a big social change has a bad guy? The guy who fought it tooth and nail until it was obvious to everyone else what needed to be done - you know, the George Wallace role
. . . It gets worse . . . It gets worser. You have no idea
how much worse it gets.
- Another one titled "It Gets Worse", although this one is talking about customer services and doesn't mention any form of homosexuality or homophobia whatsoever.
- Catch Phrase: It Gets Better!
- Driven to Suicide: The project was created in response to this.
- Knight in Sour Armor: In a nutshell: "It doesn't get better. You get stronger. If you kill yourselves, they win. Don't let them win.".
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: Max Adler, who plays homophobic but closeted Jerk Jock Dave Karofsky on Glee, supports gay rights in real life and made his own video for the project.
- Missing Episode: Oscar Pistorius' video was removed from the site after he was charged with murdering his girlfriend.
- Name's the Same: The fun. song "It Gets Better" isn't quite related to the project—it's actually about losing one's virginity—though was purportedly named after the project. Nonetheless, the band has demonstrated support for gay rights, calling it just as important as the civil rights struggles of the 1960s.