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The It Gets Better Project - July 2011

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During the month of July 2011, One Meaning is deeply honored to feature The It Gets Better Project TM. It Gets Better is an ingenious initiative to help LGBT youth understand that there are many more people in the world who are willing to love and encourage them during confusing and often difficult times of self-discovery, than there are bullies. One Meaning proudly unveils our own anti-bullying initiative with our "Stick Up for Love!" postcards and stickers with its message: "Stick up for Love! If you witness bullying, don’t tolerate it. Step in and stop it. Say something and end it. It’s not cool to be cruel." In addition to our standard 10% of all sales, we will be donating 100% of the proceeds from the sale of our anti-bullying stickers to The It Gets Better Project, as well as featuring additional fundraising opportunities for this great organization during July. Please take a moment to read on and learn about our Charity of the Month.

The It Gets Better Project
Growing up isn’t easy. Many young people face daily tormenting and bullying, leading them to feel like they have nowhere to turn. This is especially true for LGBT kids and teens, who often hide their sexuality for fear of bullying. Without other openly gay adults and mentors in their lives, they can't imagine what their future may hold. In many instances, gay and lesbian adolescents are taunted — even tortured — simply for being themselves. Justin Aaberg. Billy Lucas. Cody Barker. Asher Brown. Seth Walsh. Raymond Chase. Tyler Clementi. They took their own lives after being bullied in school. They were tragic examples of youth who could not believe that it does actually get better.

In September 2010, syndicated columnist and author Dan Savage created a YouTube video with his partner Terry to inspire hope for young people facing harassment. They wanted to create a personal way for supporters everywhere to tell LGBT youth that, yes, it does indeed get better. Two months later, the It Gets Better Project (TM) turned into a worldwide movement, inspiring over 10,000 user-created videos viewed over 35 million times.

To date, the project has received submissions from celebrities, organizations, activists, politicians and media personalities, including President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Adam Lambert, Anne Hathaway, Colin Farrell, Matthew Morrison of "Glee", Joe Jonas, Joel Madden, Ke$ha, Sarah Silverman, Tim Gunn, Ellen DeGeneres, Suze Orman, the staffs of The Gap, Google, Facebook, Pixar, the Broadway community, and many more. Every video changes a life. It doesn’t matter who makes it. The website www.itgetsbetter.org is a place where young people who are lesbian, gay, bi, or trans can see how love and happiness can be a reality in their future.

What is The It Gets Better Project?
The It Gets Better Project was created to show young LGBT people the levels of happiness, potential, and positivity their lives will reach – if they can just get through their teen years. The It Gets Better Project wants to remind teenagers in the LGBT community that they are not alone — and it WILL get better. It’s a place where our straight allies can visit and support their friends and family members. It’s a place where people can share their stories, take the It Gets Better Project pledge, watch videos of love and support, and seek help through the Trevor Project and GLSEN.

Who is Dan Savage?
Dan Savage is author of the internationally syndicated relationship and sex column Savage Love and the weekly podcast Savage Lovecast. He is editorial director of the Seattle weekly The Stranger, where he was formerly Editor-in-Chief. He is a regular contributor to PRI's "This American Life" and has been featured as a Real Time Reporter on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher." Dan heard about the suicides of Justin Aaberg and Billy Lucas and had a reaction so many LGBT adults had. “I wish I could’ve talked to that kid for five minutes before he killed himself,” Dan recently said. “I’d tell him that however bad it was in high school or middle school...it gets better.” The It Gets Better Project was born. Listen to Dan and his partner Terry talk about their stories and how the project came to be: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IcVyvg2Qlo&feature=player_embedded

Timeline
• July 9, 2010: Justin Aaberg of Anoka, Minnesota dies by suicide.

• September 9, 2010: Billy Lucas of Greensberg, Indiana dies by suicide.

• September 21, 2010 Dan Savage and his partner Terry Miller upload their first video on to an official YouTube channel; Perez Hilton records It Gets Better Project video.

• September 22, 2010: Tyler Clementi from Rutgers University dies by suicide.

• September 28, 2010: Lala and Ciara record a video for It Gets Better Project.

• September 26, 2010: Castro Plaza in San Francisco, CA: Filmed an “It Gets Better” message with a large crowd – anyone who wanted to take part was allowed.

Statistics
• Since their launch, calls to the Trevor Project suicide hotline have increased over 50%.

• 9 out of 10 LGBT students have experienced harassment at school.

• LGBT teens are bullied 2 to 3 times as much as straight teens.

• More than 1/3 of LGBT kids have attempted suicide.

• LGBT kids are 4 times as likely to attempt suicide then our straight peers.

• LGBT youth with “highly rejecting” families are 8 times more likely to attempt suicide than those whose families accept them.

• By the end of 2010, the It Gets Better Project raised over $100,000 from 2,500+ grassroots contributors to help LGBT youth.

Take The Pledge
Take the pledge and help spread the message of hope. It Gets Better.

THE PLEDGE: 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."



Thank you so much for your support of our Charity for July! We’d love to hear from you and learn how this organization might have inspired you. Let your love fly by sharing your stories. Never forget that we are all connected and it is not cool to be cruel.

813,

Karen and Ingrid

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