Since 2010, the It Gets Better Project has collected over 60,000 video stories from LGBTQ people and their allies from around the world. Here are some of our favorites from 2017 so far.
Fahim is an actor preaching kindness in working to fight Islamophobia and homophobia in Austria.
ES WIRD BESSER ÖSTERREICH (Austria)
Ross Matthews is a popular comedian known for his appearances on RuPaul’s Drag Race, Chelsea Lately, The Tonight Show, and Live from E!. In response to a hateful comment made about him, Ross recorded an empowering video encouraging youth to unapologetically be true to who they are, and to respond to messages of hate with messages of love.
Mayra, a YouTuber from Chile, shared her story about overcoming bullying. The success of her YouTube channel serves as a reminder that it really does get better.
TODO MEJORA (Chile)
Germany’s Next Top Model will feature two trans constestants, Melina and Giuliana, in the upcoming season. The two catwalked against 50 other contestants to secure their spots, and are sure to bring some fierce competition to the show.
Spanish author, Krysztof Charamsa, wants us all to do three things: to free ourselves from guilt and negativity, find out what it means to be LGBTI, and, finally, be visible.
Craving more?! Go to www.itgetsbetter.org, or keep scrolling to learn more about the cool things It Gets Better and its affiliates are doing around the world.
PORTUGAL: Our affiliate, TUDO VAI MELHORAR, partnered with Free Hugs to protest against homophobia in the famous Rua de Santa Catarina. The demonstration was inspired by the story of Barbara and MP, a homosexual couple who were threatened while leaving near the Rua de Santa Catarina. Both returned with blindfolds and gave free hugs to anyone who would say “no” to homophobia.
PARAGUAY: IT GETS BETTER PARAGUAY helped organize the premiere of Ser o no Ser, a queer play written by Hugo Luis Robles. The play explores the masculine world of love, relationships, and guilt, finding the humor and sarcasm in everyday events.
SPAIN: IT GETS BETTER ESPANA launched their new program Alianzas por la Diversidad (AxD), whose main objective is to promote diversity in secondary education institutes. AxD works to empower and train students so that they get the tools necessary to manage their own alliance programs. So cool!
Everyone deserves to be respected for who they are. I pledge to spread this message to my friends, family and neighbors. I’ll speak up against hate and intolerance whenever I see it, at school and at work. I’ll provide hope for lesbian, gay, bi, trans and other bullied teens by letting them know that “It Gets Better.”