It Gets Better is a project started by gay columnist Dan Savage in reaction to the rash of bullying-induced gay teen suicides. Savage and his husband started the initiative by posting a Youtube video that explains to teens how “it gets better.” Since then, the project has gone viral with millions of hits on Youtube and thousands of people uploading their own “It Gets Better” videos. Among them are celebrities and politicians such as, President Obama, Janet Jackson, Hillary Clinton, Kim Kardashian and more. (View the more complete list here.)
Members of the Jewish community have taken measures to ensure that ours is a community safe for LGBTQ youth
- Keshet’s initiative, Do Not Stand Idly By, aims to create “a fully inclusive Jewish community” and “end homophobic bullying or harassment of any kind in our synagogues, schools, organizations and communities.”
- CBST has started a unique video project that is “aimed at providing not just the stories of individuals, but the power and support of the entire community, as a Jewish community, to those in crisis.”
- At The Workmen’s Circle we have helped to build awareness through targeted communication efforts.
Jewish leaders around the country have uploaded their own It Gets Better videos. We choose a few and embedded them below.
Please help make our community safe and bully-free. A great way to start is by signing Keshet’s Do Not Stand Idly By initiative.