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It Gets Better : Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living

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A collection of original essays and testimonials written to LGBT teens from a variety of people, including celebrities, politicians, parents, and other ordinary people, emphasizing the possibilities of a positive future for them.

Author Biography

Dan Savage is the editorial director of Seattle's weekly newspaper, The Stranger. Terry Miller is an event promoter, musician, and DJ. They were married in Canada and live in Seattle with their son, DJ.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
A Message from Presidentp. 9
You Will Find Your Peoplep. 11
The Life Almost Lostp. 15
In the Early Morning Rainp. 18
Something Has Changed Within Mep. 22
Action Makes It Betterp. 24
You Are a Rubber Band, My Friendp. 27
God Believes in Youp. 30
The Person Worth Fighting For Is Youp. 35
A Message from Ellen DeGeneresp. 38
Life Unfolds Exactly As It Should (But Not As You Planned)p. 40
It Gets Better for a British Soldierp. 42
Getting Stronger and Staying Alivep. 45
Coming Out of the Shtetl: Gay Orthodox Jewsp. 48
Going Back Inp. 54
And the Emmy Goes to …p. 59
A Message from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clintonp. 62
This I Know for Surep. 64
It Gets Better Broadway by Members of the Broadway and New York Theater Communityp. 67
Rockin' the Flannel Shirtp. 71
How It Got Better for an Ordained Christian Ministerp. 74
by Professor Stephen V. Sprinklep. 74
Out of Darknessp. 77
I Was a Teenage Lesbianp. 79
Something Specialp. 80
The Dinner Partyp. 82
What I Wish I Knewp. 87
Freedom from Fearp. 91
A Message from Prime Ministerp. 94
You Will Meet People Who Celebrate Youp. 96
An Identity Unfoldedp. 99
A Message fromp. 102
Brothers: It Gets Betterp. 104
Drop Dead, Warlockp. 110
Gwendolyn Gonep. 112
Growing Up Gay … and Kinky by Dartp. 114
The Biggest Giftp. 117
A Message fromp. 121
Transsexual Prairie Girlp. 123
Art from Ragep. 125
It Gets Better / $$$ (Btkoun Ahsan)p. 127
Too Good to Be Truep. 130
Journey to a Better Lifep. 133
The Gay Guy in the Bandp. 138
Will I Grow Up to Be Paul Lynde?p. 140
Finding Who I Amp. 142
Communityp. 145
A Message from Nancy Pelosip. 147
Gunn's Golden Rulesp. 149
Perfect, Just the Way You Arep. 151
Where Happiness Isp. 153
Not-Normalp. 158
Born This Wayp. 162
Darn Itp. 165
Look at the Moonp. 167
Critical Shiftsp. 169
For Aideybearp. 171
A Message from John Berryp. 173
The Show Must Go Onp. 175
Survival Toolsp. 177
Dear Uncle Ronnie by randy roberts pottsp. 181
My Office Wallp. 185
Keep on Livin'p. 187
It Gets Better Because You're a Little Differentp. 189
Unapologetically, Mep. 192
A Collective Voicep. 195
I Didn't Always Wear a Tuxedop. 201
How I Got Overp. 205
A "Better" Evolutionp. 208
Save Yourself, Save the Worldp. 211
Becoming an Authentic Personp. 213
On the Other Sidep. 215
Bully Mep. 218
To the Bulliesp. 220
The Good Fightp. 223
A Message fromp. 226
Haters Can't Hate Someone Who Loves Themselves, and if They Do, Who Caresp. 228
Not Playing at a Cinema Near Youp. 232
From "Faggot" to Field Biologistp. 235
It Got Betterp. 238
Our Parents as Alliesp. 240
Lesbian Teacher Believes in Youp. 243
Stepping Off the Sidelinesp. 245
My Own Worst Enemyp. 248
You Are a Beloved Child of Godp. 254
Transgendered and Self-Educated in Mainep. 256
The Power of "You"p. 261
It Gets Better for Small Towners, Toop. 264
To Me: With Love and Squalorp. 267
Happiness Is Inevitablep. 271
I Wish I'd Been Sassier!p. 273
Protect and Serve Loves Semper Fidelisp. 275
The Doors of Acceptancep. 279
Hope Out of Tragedyp. 282
Patience Makes Perfect … Sensep. 287
Christian LGBT Kids: You're Part of the Planp. 289
Terrible Dayp. 291
The Worst of Both Worldsp. 294
Closets on Firep. 297
The King Brothersp. 300
Community Foundp. 303
From Scared to Proud: The Journey of a Gay Medical Studentp. 307
Authentic Selfp. 310
You Can Live a Life That's Worth Livingp. 312
Epiloguep. 315
Acknowledgmentsp. 319
Some Curriculum Guidelines for Schools and Teachersp. 321
The Trevor Projectp. 325
GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network)p. 327
ACLU LGBT Projectp. 329
Photo and Comic Creditsp. 331
Permissionsp. 333
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