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It gets better : coming out, overcoming bullying, and creating a life worth living / edited by Dan Savage and Terry Miller.

Savage, Dan. (Editor). Miller, Terry. (Editor).

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  • ISBN: 9780452297616
  • ISBN: 0452297613
  • Physical Description: x, 338 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Plume, 2012.

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction / by Dan Savage -- A message from President Barack Obama -- You will find your people / by Laurel Slongwhite -- The life almost lost / by Bruce Ortiz -- In the early morning rain / by Jennifer Finney Boylan -- Something has changed within me / by Gregory Maguire -- Action makes it better / by Urvashi Vaid -- You are a rubber band, my friend / by Brinae Lois Gaudet -- God believes in you / by Bishop Gene Robinson -- The person worth fighting for is you / by Alex R. Orue -- A message from Ellen DeGeneres -- Life unfolds exactly as it should (but not as you planned) / by Sean Blane and David Rosen -- It gets better for a British soldier / by Lance Corporal James Wharton -- Getting stronger and staying alive / by Gabrielle Rivera -- Coming out of the Shtetl : gay Orthodox Jews / by Marc Tannen, Chaim Levin, Ely Winkler, Justin Spiro, Moishie Rabinowitz, and Mordechai Levovitz -- Going back in / by Michael Cunningham -- And the Emmy goes to-- / by Barbara Gaines -- A message from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton -- This I know for sure / by A. Y. Daring -- It gets better Broadway / by members of the Broadway and New York Theater Community -- Rockin' the flannel shirt / by Krissy Mahan -- How it got better for an ordained Christian minister / by Professor Stephen V. Sprinkle -- Out of darkness / by Philip Deal -- I was a teenage lesbian / by Alison Bechdel -- Something special / by Sia Furler -- The dinner party / by Adam Roberts -- What I wish I knew / by Ivan Coyote -- Freedom from fear / by Michael Feinstein -- A message from Prime Minister David Cameron -- You will meet people who celebrate you / by Jenn and Erika Wagner-Martin -- An identity unfolded / by Mark Ramirez -- A message from Suze Orman -- Brothers : it gets better / by Lenox Magee, Rannon Harris, David Dodd, and Kean Ray -- Drop dead, warlock / by David Sedaris -- Gwendolyn gone / by Meshell Ndegeocello -- Growing up gay ... and Kinky / by Dart -- The biggest gift / by Stewart Taylor -- A message from Senator Al Franken -- Transsexual prairie girl / by Tamsyn Waterhouse -- Art from rage / by Jake Shears -- It gets better (Btkoun Ahsan) / by Bashar Makhay -- Too good to be true / by Cameron Tuttle -- Journey to a better life / by Juan Carlos Galan, MS -- The gay guy in the band / by Kevin Samuel Yee -- Will I grow up to be Paul Lynde? / by Andy Cohen -- Finding who I am / by Hunter Adeline Brady -- Community / by Chaz Bono -- A message from Nancy Pelosi -- Gunn's golden rules / by Tim Gunn -- Perfect, just the way you are / by Darren Hayes -- Where happiness is / by Natalie Sperry Mandelin -- Not-normal / by Michael K. Wells -- Darn it / by Kate Clinton -- Look at the moon / by Agustnín Cepeda -- Critical shifts / by Jesse Barnes -- For Aideybear / by Ava Dodge -- A message from John Berry -- The show must go on / by Kyle Dean Massey -- Survival tools / by Ellen Forney -- Dear Uncle Ronnie / by Randy Roberts Potts -- My office wall / by Trevor Corneil, MD -- Keep on livin' / by J. D. Samson -- It gets better because you're a little different / by Dave Holmes -- Unapologetically, me / by Demetrius Gittens -- A collective voice / by Gabe Milligan-Green, Addy Cahill, and Russell Peck -- I didn't always wear a tuxedo / by Murray Hill -- How I got over / by Tuan N'Gai -- A "better" evolution / by Joseph Odysseus Mastro -- Save yourself, save the world / by Khris Brown -- Becoming an authentic person / by Nicholas Wheeler -- On the other side / by Jay A. Foxworthy and Bryan Leffew -- Bully me / Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum -- To the bullies / by Tristan Jackson -- The good fight / by Kristel Yoneda -- A message from Kevin Hague MP -- Haters can't hate someone who loves themselves, and if they do, who cares / by Lynn Breedlove -- Not playing at a cinema near you / by Rebecca Brown -- From "faggot" to field biologist / by Christopher A. Schmitt, PhD -- It got better / by Stephen D. Lorimor -- Our parents as allies / by Lawrence Gullo, Fyodor Pavlov, Eileen Charbonneau, and Ed Gullo -- Lesbian teacher believes in you / by Kristin Rivers -- Stepping off the sidelines / by Wayne Knaub -- My own worst enemy / by Jessica Leshnoff -- You are a beloved child of God / by Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson -- Transgendered and self-educated in Maine / by Jean Vermette -- The power of "You" / by Luan Legacy -- It gets better for small towners, too / by Dwayne Steward -- To me : with love and squalor / by Terry Galloway -- Happiness is inevitable / by Henry Winfiele -- Wish I'd been sassier! / by Brian Gallivan aka Gay Sassy Friend -- Protect and serve loves Semper Fidelis / by J. D. Davis and Allen D. Stone -- The doors of acceptance / by Shaun Ridgway -- Hope out of tragedy / by Matthew Anthony Houck -- Patience makes perfect-- sense / by Angelo D'Agostino -- Christian LGBT kids : you're part of the plan / by Raven Mardirosian -- Terrible day / by Patrick Murphy -- The worst of both worlds / by Michelle Faid -- Closets on fire / by Anthony Antoine -- The King brothers / by Dick and Mark S. King -- Community found / by Taylor Bailey -- From scared to proud : the journey of a gay medical student / by Jake Kleinman -- Authentic self / by Sara Sperling -- You can live a life that's worth living / by Kate Bornstein -- Epilogue / Terry Miller.
Summary, etc.:
"A collection of original essays and expanded testimonials written to teens from celebrities, political leaders, and everyday people, because while many of LGBT teens can't see a positive future for themselves, we can."--P. [4] of cover.
Subject: Gay teenagers.
Coming out (Sexual orientation)
Quality of life.

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It Gets Better : Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living
It Gets Better : Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living
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It Gets Better : Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living


From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.

I wish I could have told you things get better. The words that became a call to action were born in the comments section on a blog post written by Savage about 15-year-old Billy Lucas. Savage, an author (The Kid, 1999), gay activist, and sex-advice columnist, together with his partner, Miller, launched the It Gets Better project on YouTube as a reaction to Lucas' and two other suicides precipitated by gay bullying during the summer of 2010. So far it's garnered more than 10,000 videos filled with messages of hope, love, and encouragement for LGBT teens from LGBT and straight adults wishing to reach out to kids with limited support and resources. It Gets Better the book expands on a selection of those videos, capturing stories from people of every background, including a startling collection of famous writers, entertainers, and politicians. Particularly noteworthy are essays from President Obama and David Sedaris and a bilingual entry from a Mexican student now living in Canada. This a resource every library should have on hand.--Jones, Courtne. Copyright 2010 Booklist