The “It Gets Better” Project

Via Reverend Danny Fisher
on Sep 24, 2010
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I woke up this morning to a Facebook posting from an old and dear friend, who writes:

Probably I don’t need to tell you that Dan Savage is awesome. Inspired to act by the suicide of another gay teen in a rural area (Billy Lucas, of Indiana who killed himself after enduring a lot of bullying in school), Savage created a youtube channel called the “It Gets Better Project.” I heard this on his podcast this morning and it moved me to tears, so I am sharing it here. Can’t seem to end this without saying something horribly cheesy, but this is important. So I am using the good old Facebook soapbox. Check it out.

Savage himself describes the project this way:

If you’re gay or lesbian or bi or trans, and you’ve ever read about a kid like Billy Lucas and thought, “Fuck, I wish I could’ve told him that it gets better,” this is your chance. We can’t help Billy, but there are lots of other Billys out there—other despairing LGBT kids who are being bullied and harassed, kids who don’t think they have a future—and we can help them….

READ MORE about the It Gets Better Project, in Savage Love, here:

Visit the It Gets Better Project’s YouTube Channel here.


About Reverend Danny Fisher

Rev. Danny Fisher, M.Div., D.B.S. (Cand.), is a professor and Coordinator of the Buddhist Chaplaincy Program at University of the West in Rosemead, CA. He was ordained as a lay Buddhist minister by the Buddhist Sangha Council of Southern California in 2008. In addition, he is certified as a mindfulness meditation instructor by Naropa University in association with Shambhala International. A member of the National Association of College and University Chaplains, he serves on the advisory council for the Upaya Buddhist Chaplaincy Training Program. In addition to his work for elephant journal, he is a blogger for Shambhala Sun. He has also written for Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Religion Dispatches, The Journal of Buddhist Ethics, The Journal of Religion & Film, Eastern Horizon, New York Spirit, Alternet's Wiretap Magazine, and other publications. His award-winning website is


5 Responses to “The “It Gets Better” Project”

  1. bree says:


  2. herman says:

    i think this is a lovely effort! here is my contribution to antibullying. it does get better! hang in there, kids. enjoy!

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