The It Gets Better Project™ was founded in September, 2010, when the first it gets better video was uploaded to YouTube, igniting a worldwide phenomenon. That video offered a desperately needed message of hope to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth. It urged them to tough it out through the bullying and other challenges that confronted them in their teenage years, and described the positive future they could experience as adults. It told them that no matter how difficult things may be today, it gets better. Today, the mission of the It Gets Better Project is to communicate to LGBT youth around the world that it gets better, and to help effect the changes necessary to make it so. The team at the It Gets Better Project is thrilled to collaborate with the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles in bringing the it gets better message to the stage.
Earlier in 2013, the project completed a tour which included presentations in University Park PA, Lawrence KS, and Seattle WA.
Currently the tour is in Oxford, Ohio — the last tour stop for us in 2013 — an amazing year!
Read an article (PDF) published in the Oxford Press by Brian Revelee about the tour visiting Oxford!
The tour’s first performance was in Iowa City, IA on October 19, 2012. Read a wrap-up of Iowa’s full week of activities here.
Click here to see photos from all of our most recent Tour Stops (Austin TX, Whitewater WI, Ogden UT, and Oxford OH).
Several Artist In Residency programs are available to help you incorporate it gets better into your curriculum. Learn More
This anti-bullying PSA is the final product of five weeks of work by Christie Scanlin Dobson, with some amazing Middle Schoolers in Lawrence Kansas, for The Lied Center of Kansas’ presentation of the it gets better tour written and directed by Liesel Reinhart with The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles and Speak Theatre Arts.
As Christie writes, “The kids had the opportunity to meet the cast and really delve in to the issues of bullying and the harsh messages we hear and carry, which come from within and without. These students want other kids to know that: IT GETS BETTER, and that the best way to survive middle school, is to hold on to yourSELF: create, be, accept and protect: yourSELF. You CAN MAKE IT BETTER.” Please help us keep the music and message alive of it gets better throughout the country by making your contribution today.