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"This is my fight song. Take back my life song. Prove I'm alright song. My power's turned on. Starting right now I'll be strong. Because I've still got a lot of fight left in me."
-Rachel Platten

"To be nobody but yourself in a world that's doing its best to make you something else, is to fight the hardest battle you are ever going to fight. Don't stop fighting."

-E.E. Cummings

 

"Burst down those closet doors once and for all, and stand up, and start to fight."

-Harvey Milk

 

"Maybe someday we'll figure all this out. Try to put an end to all our doubt. Try to find a way to make things better now. Maybe someday we'll live our lives out loud. We'll be better off somehow."
-Rob Thomas
 


 

"There's no person in the whole world like you, and I like you just the way you are."
-Fred Rogers

 

"Do you know that there's still a chance for you. There's a spark in you and you've just got to ignite the light and let it shine. You're a firework. Show 'em what you're worth. Come on, let your colors burst. You don't have to feel like a wasted space. You're original and cannot be replaced. If only you knew what the future holds. After a hurricane comes a rainbow."
-Katy Perry

"Just be yourself. Let people see the real, imperfect, flawed, quirky, weird, beautiful, magical person that you are."

-Mandy Hale

 

"Speak louder that the words before you and give them meaning no one else has found. The role we play is so important. We are the voices of the underground... Say everything you’ve always wanted, be not afraid of who you really are, cause in the end we have each other, and that's at least one thing worth living for."
-Ian Axel

 

Maggie Szabo: Don't Give Up

Dan & Terry: It Gets Better

Greatest Showman: This is Me

President Barack Obama: It Gets Better

Aftermath by Adam Lambert

Inspiring Quotes From LGBTQ Leaders

People Like Us by Kelly Clarkson

Adam Lambert: It Gets Better
Cyndi Lauper: True Colors

Suze Orman: It Gets Better


 

It Gets Better

Hey friend, when you feel like you're alone and the world throws out a lot of hate... It's not the end. You're not out there on your own. There's still so much in life to celebrate. Just look up. Because those skies are going to clear. There so much more than just the here and now. Just look up. Because a better day is here. Tomorrow feel the sunlight shining down.

It gets better. The pain will let up. If you fall just get up. Because there's another way. The world gets lighter. So be a fighter. Just live to see that day.

 

Hey friend, we used to feel like you. No end in sight. Fearing everyday. Just defend the part of you that's true. Find yourself and you will find the way. Don't give up. Just take another look and you can shine. It's time you took the stage. Don't give up. Because your life is like a book. All you got to do is turn the page.

There are friends yet to meet. There are songs to be sung. There are beautiful sunsets. And battles are won. There's love to be found if you just stick around. Don't give up. Your life has just begun.

[Source: Jay Kuo & Blair Shepard]

 

You're a Firework by Katy Perry

Neil Patrick Harris: It Gets Better
Rachel Platten: This is My Fight Song

Eve: It Gets Better

Sara Bareilles: Brave

A Letter to You

Someday by Rob Thomas

Cameron & Mitchell of Modern Family: It Gets Better

Tim Cook to LGBTQ Youth: You Are a Gift to the World

 

 

You Are a Gift to the World

 

I’ve come to deliver a simple message that I want every LGBTQ person to hear and to believe: You are a gift to the world, a unique and special gift just the way you are. Your life matters. To you I say, find your truth, speak your truth, live your truth.

My heart breaks when I see kids struggling to conform to a society or a family that doesn’t accept them, struggling to be what someone else thinks is normal. Let me tell you, normal might just be the worst word ever created. You’re not all supposed to be the same, feel the same, or think the same, and there is nothing wrong with you.

Now, I know that life can be dark and heavy and sometimes it might seem unreasonable and unbearable. But just as night turns to day, know that darkness is always followed by light. You will feel more comfortable in your own skin, attitudes will change, life will get better, and you? You will thrive.
 

[Source: Tim Cook, CEO of Apple Computers]

 

This Is Me

I am not a stranger to the dark.  Hide away, they say, because we don't want your broken parts.  I've learned to be ashamed of all my scars.  Run away, they say, no one will love you as you are. But I won't let them break me down to dust. I know that there's a place for us, for we are glorious.

When the sharpest words wanna cut me down, I'm gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out. I am brave, I am bruised. I am who I'm meant to be.  This is me. Look out 'cause here I come. And I'm marching on to the beat I drum.  I'm not scared to be seen.  I make no apologies.  This is me

Another round of bullets hits my skin.  Well, fire away because today, I won't let the shame sink in.  We are bursting through the barricades and reaching for the sun. We are warriors.  Yeah, that's what we've become.  I know that I deserve your love, because there's nothing I'm not worthy of.

 

[Source: Justin Paul & Benj Pasek]

 


 

Don't Be Afraid

Have you lost your way? Livin' in the shadow of the messes that you made. And so it goes. Everything inside your circle starts to overflow. Take a step before you leap. Into the colors that you seek. You give back what you give away. So don't look back on yesterday.

Wanna scream out, no more hiding. Don't be afraid of what's inside. Gonna tell ya you'll be alright. In the aftermath. Anytime anybody pulls you down. Anytime anybody says you're not allowed. Just remember you are not alone. In the aftermath.

You feel the weight of lies and contradictions that you live with every day. It's not too late. Think of what could be if you rewrite the role you play. So all you feel is love, love. All you feel is love, love.

[Source: Adam Lambert / Aftermath]

 

Trevor Lifeline for LGBTQ Youth: 866-488-7386

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255

Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860

 

 

Don't Give Up

 

Everyone knows this world ain’t perfect. But what you got goin’ on makes you worthy. Anywhere you turn or any way you slice it, someone’s gonna get burned. But those scars are truly worth it. One day you’ll see that the answer you seek was in front of you. Love is all you need.

 

When your back’s against the wall, cuz you feel you've lost it all. There’s nowhere left to turn and no one left to call. There is someone just like you who feels the same way too. Why would you surrender? Don’t give up on love.

 

Sometimes it feels like things won’t get better. But in time you’ll realize nothing lasts forever. One day you’ll see that the answer you seek was in front of you. Love is all you need.

 

When your hope has run away, don’t give up. If you feel you’ve been betrayed, don’t give up. When you’ve fought your last round, don't give up. Why would you surrender? Don’t give up on love.

 

[Source: Maggie Szabo, Chaz Mason, Stefan Lit / Don't Give Up]

 

 

Everything Will Be Okay

Everybody loses it. Everybody wants to throw it away sometimes. I know what you're going through. Don't let it get the best of you. You'll make it out alive. Keep your head up. Nothing lasts forever. This is not a funeral. It's a revolution. Your tears have turned to rage. Just wait, everything will be okay. Even when you're feeling like it's going down in flames. They can't do nothing to you. They can't do nothing to me. This is the life that we choose. This is the life that we bleed. So throw your fists in the air. Come out come out if you dare. Tonight we're gonna change forever.

[Source: Kelly Clarkson / People Like Us]

I Just Want to Be OK by Ingrid Michaelson

Gloria Estefan: It Gets Better
Dare to Love by Sean Chapin

BD Wong: It Gets Better
I Am What I Am by Karen Mulder

Jewel: It Gets Better

True Colors by LA Gay Men's Chorus

Chris Colfer: It Gets Better

Tim Cook to LGBTQ Youth: You Are a Gift to the World

 

 

There's Still a Chance for You

Do you ever feel like a plastic bag drifting through the wind, wanting to start again? Do you ever feel so paper thin, like a house of cards, one blow from caving in? Do you ever feel already buried deep, six feet under scream, but no one seems to hear a thing? Do you know that there's still a chance for you, because there's a spark in you?

You just gotta ignite the light and let it shine. Just own the night like the Fourth of July. Because, baby, you're a firework. Come on show 'em what you're worth. As you shoot across the sky.

 

 

Baby, you're a firework. Come on let your colors burst. You're gonna leave 'em fallin' down. You're gonna leave 'em all in awe.

You don't have to feel like a waste of space. You're original, cannot be replaced. If you only knew what the future holds. After a hurricane comes a rainbow. Maybe you're reason why all the doors are closed. So you could open one that leads you to the perfect road. Like a lightning bolt, your heart will glow. And when it's time, you'll know.

Even brighter than the moon. It's always been inside of you. And now it's time to let it through.

[Source: Katy Perry / Firework]

 

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Words of Encouragement

 

"I don't like to gamble. But if there's one thing I'm willing to bet on, it's myself."

-Beyonce

 

“Anyone desperate enough for suicide should be desperate enough to go to creative extremes to solve problems: Elope at midnight.  Stow away on the boat to New Zealand and start over.  Do what you always wanted to do but were afraid to try.”

–Richard Bach

 

“When you feel like giving up, just remember the reason why you held on for so long.”

-Quote

 

"I don’t know what it’s like to be picked on for being gay. But I do know what it’s like to grow up feeling that sometimes you don’t belong. It’s tough. And for a lot of kids, the sense of being alone or apart – I know can just wear on you. And when you’re teased or bullied, it can seem like somehow you brought it on yourself – for being different, or for not fitting in with everybody else. But what I want to say is this. You are not alone. You didn’t do anything wrong. You didn’t do anything to deserve being bullied. And there is a whole world waiting for you, filled with possibilities.''
-President Barack Obama

 

"I like you as you are. Exactly and precisely. I think you turned out nicely. And I like you as you are."
-Fred Rogers

 



"It’s okay. It may not seem like it right now, but you are going to be fine. I know it’s scary, but don’t be afraid. I don’t want anyone to hold back who they are. You are who you are and you should love that person."
-Connor Franta

“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”

–Harriet Beecher Stowe

 

"The different people are not like other people. But being different is nothing to be ashamed of. Because other people are not such wonderful people. They're one hundred times one thousand. But you're one times one! They're common as weeds, but you, well, you're blue roses!"

-Tennessee Williams / The Glass Menagerie

"We are powerful because we have survived."

-Audre Lorde

"Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life. Define yourself."

-Harvey Fierstein

 

"What makes you different or weird...  That's your strength."

-Meryl Streep
 

“There are people out there who love you and care about you just the way you are. You will find that your differences are a source of pride and a source of strength. The freedom to not fit in, to be true to ourselves, that’s the freedom that enriches all of us. That’s what America is all about.”

-President Barack Obama

 

“No, you aren’t alone. Yes, we all feel this way sometimes. No, you won’t always feel like this. Yes, the world is a better place with you in it.”

-Quote

 

"It's not the end. You're not out there on your own.... There so much more than just the here and now... The pain will let up. Just live to see that day.... Don't give up... There are friends yet to meet... There's love to be found if you just stick around. Don't give up. Your life has just begun."
-Jay Kuo & Blair Shepard

 

“Never never never give up.”

–Winston Churchill

 

Trevor Lifeline for LGBTQ Youth: 866-488-7386

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255

Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860


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