It Gets Better : Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living
by Savage, Dan (EDT); Miller, Terry (EDT)







Introduction1(8)
Dan Savage
A Message from President Barack Obama
9(2)
You Will Find Your People
11(4)
Laurel Slongwhite
The Life Almost Lost
15(3)
Bruce Ortiz
In the Early Morning Rain
18(4)
Jennifer Finney Boylan
Something Has Changed Within Me
22(2)
Gregory Maguire
Action Makes It Better
24(3)
Urvashi Vaid
You Are a Rubber Band, My Friend
27(3)
Brinae Lois Gaudet
God Believes in You
30(5)
Bishop Gene Robinson
The Person Worth Fighting For Is You
35(3)
Alex R. Orue
A Message from Ellen DeGeneres
38(2)
Life Unfolds Exactly As It Should (But Not As You Planned)
40(2)
Sean Blane
David Rosen
It Gets Better for a British Soldier
42(3)
Lance Corporal James Wharton
Getting Stronger and Staying Alive
45(3)
Gabrielle Rivera
Coming Out of the Shtetl: Gay Orthodox Jews
48(6)
Marc Tannen
Chaim Levin
Ely Winkler
Justin Spiro
Moishie Rabinowitz
Mordechai Levovitz
Going Back In
54(5)
Michael Cunningham
And the Emmy Goes to...
59(3)
Barbara Gaines
A Message from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
62(2)
This I Know for Sure
64(3)
A. Y. Daring
It Gets Better Broadway by Members of the Broadway and New York Theater Community
67(4)
Rockin' the Flannel Shirt
71(3)
Krissy Mahan
How It Got Better for an Ordained Christian Minister
74(3)
Professor Stephen V. Sprinkle
Out of Darkness
77(2)
Philip Deal
I Was a Teenage Lesbian
79(1)
Alison Bechdel
Something Special
80(2)
Sia Furler
The Dinner Party
82(5)
Adam Roberts
What I Wish I Knew
87(4)
Ivan Coyote
Freedom from Fear
91(3)
Michael Feinstein
A Message from Prime Minister
94(2)
David Cameron
You Will Meet People Who Celebrate You
96(3)
Jenn
Erika Wagner-Martin
An Identity Unfolded
99(3)
Mark Ramirez
A Message from Suze Orman
102(2)
Brothers: It Gets Better
104(6)
Lenox Magee
Rannon Harris
David Dodd
Kean Ray
Drop Dead, Warlock
110(2)
David Sedaris
Gwendolyn Gone
112(2)
Meshell Ndegeocello
Growing Up Gay ... and Kinky
114(3)
Dart
The Biggest Gift
117(4)
Stewart Taylor
A Message from Senator Al Franken
121(2)
Transsexual Prairie Girl
123(2)
Tamsyn Waterhouse
Art from Rage
125(2)
Jake Shears
It Gets Better (Btkoun Ahsan)
127(3)
Bashar Makhay
Too Good to Be True
130(3)
Cameron Tuttle
Journey to a Better Life
133(5)
Juan Carlos Galan
The Gay Guy in the Band
138(2)
Kevin Samual Yee
Will I Grow Up to Be Paul Lynde?
140(2)
Andy Cohen
Finding Who I Am
142(3)
Hunter Adeline Brady
Community
145(2)
Chaz Bono
A Message from Nancy Pelosi
147(2)
Gunn's Golden Rules
149(2)
Tim Gunn
Perfect, Just the Way You Are
151(2)
Darren Hayes
Where Happiness Is
153(5)
Natalie Sperry Mandelin
Not-Normal
158(4)
Michael K. Wells
Born This Way
162(3)
Perez Hilton
Darn It
165(2)
Kate Clinton
Look at the Moon
167(2)
Agustin Cepeda
Critical Shifts
169(2)
Jesse Barnes
For Aideybear
171(2)
Ava Dodge
A Message from John Berry
173(2)
The Show Must Go On
175(2)
Kyle Dean Massey
Survival Tools
177(4)
Ellen Forney
Dear Uncle Ronnie
181(4)
Randy Roberts Potts
My Office Wall
185(2)
Trevor Corneil
Keep on Livin'
187(2)
JD Samson
It Gets Better Because You're a Little Different
189(3)
Dave Holmes
Unapologetically, Me
192(3)
Demetrius Gittens
A Collective Voice
195(6)
Gabe Milligan-Green
Addy Cahill
Russell Peck
I Didn't Always Wear a Tuxedo
201(4)
Murray Hill
How I Got Over
205(3)
Tuan N'Gai
A "Better" Evolution
208(3)
Joseph Odysseus Mastro
Save Yourself, Save the World
211(2)
Khris Brown
Becoming an Authentic Person
213(2)
Nicholas Wheeler
On the Other Side
215(3)
Jay A. Foxworthy
Bryan Leffew
Bully Me
218(2)
Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum
To the Bullies
220(3)
Tristan Jackson
The Good Fight
223(3)
Kristel Yoneda
A Message from Kevin Hague, MP
226(2)
Haters Can't Hate Someone Who Loves Themselves, and if They Do, Who Cares
228(4)
Lynn Breedlove
Not Playing at a Cinema Near You
232(3)
Rebecca Brown
From "Faggot" to Field Biologist
235(3)
Christopher A. Schmitt
It Got Better
238(2)
Stephen D. Lorimor
Our Parents as Allies
240(3)
Lawrence Gullo
Fyodor Pavlov
Eileen Charbonneau
Ed Gullo
Lesbian Teacher Believes in You
243(2)
Kristin Rivers
Stepping Off the Sidelines
245(3)
Wayne Knaub
My Own Worst Enemy
248(6)
Jessica Leshnoff
You Are a Beloved Child of God
254(2)
Bishop Mark Hanson
Transgendered and Self-Educated in Maine
256(5)
Jean Vermette
The Power of "You"
261(3)
Luan Legacy
It Gets Better for Small Towners, Too
264(3)
Dwayne Steward
To Me: With Love and Squalor
267(4)
Terry Galloway
Happiness Is Inevitable
271(2)
Henry Winfiele
I Wish I'd Been Sassierl
273(2)
Brian Gallivan
Gay Sassy Friend
Protect and Serve Loves Semper Fidelis
275(4)
J. D. Davis
Allen D. Stone
The Doors of Acceptance
279(3)
Shaun Ridgway
Hope Out of Tragedy
282(5)
Matthew Anthony Houck
Patience Makes Perfect... Sense
287(2)
Angelo D'Agostino
Christian LGBT Kids: You're Part of the Plan
289(2)
Raven Mardirosian
Terrible Day
291(3)
Patrick Murphy
The Worst of Both Worlds
294(3)
Michelle Faid
Closets on Fire
297(3)
Anthony Antoine
The King Brothers
300(3)
Dick
Mark S. King
Community Found
303(4)
Taylor Bailey
From Scared to Proud: The Journey of a Gay Medical Student
307(3)
Jake Kleinman
Authentic Self
310(2)
Sara Sperling
You Can Live a Life That's Worth Living
312(3)
Kate Bornstein
Epilogue
315(4)
Terry Miller
Acknowledgments
319(2)
Resources
Some Curriculum Guidelines for Schools and Teachers
321(4)
The Trevor Project
325(2)
GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network)
327(2)
ACLU LGBT Project
329(2)
Photo and Comic Credits
331(2)
Permissions
333


A collection of essays and testimonials written to teens from celebrities, political leaders, and everyday people, stresses to gay and lesbian youth that they can lead fulfilling lives free of bullying, and that their adult years will get better.





Dan Savage is the author of the internationally syndicated column, "Savage Love" and the editor of The Stranger, Seattle's weekly newspaper. His writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, the op-ed pages of The New York Times, Travel & Leisure, Salon.com, Nest, Rolling Stone, The Onion, and many others. He lives in Seattle, Washington with his husband Terry Miller.

Terry Miller is a DJ, event promoter, musician, and music critic/blogger. Terry is Dan Savage's partner of sixteen years.





"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. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.






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