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It Gets Better by Broadway Stars

You Are Not Alone

Coming Out: Short LGBTQ Film

Encourage: Hope and Help

Get Back Up Again by Anna Kendrick

It Takes a Lot of Courage to Be Your True Self

Me by Taylor Swift and Brendon Urie

Having Pride

Oxygen: Short LGBTQ Film

Teen Talks About Being Bullied

HuffPost: Transgender Suicide Hotline

Broadway Kids Against Bullying: I Have a Voice

Tips for LGBTQ Bullied Youth

Trevor Project: It Gets Better

 

Be Strong, Be Proud, Be Yourself

 

"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 youíve 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

 

You Are Not Alone

Maggie Szabo: Don't Give Up

Dan & Terry: It Gets Better

Greatest Showman: This is Me

President Barack Obama: It Gets Better

Ty Herndon: So Small

Having Pride

Aftermath by Adam Lambert

Broadway Kids Against Bullying: I Have a Voice

Trevor Project: It Gets Better

Steven Universe: Everyone is Gay!

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

I Am a Champion by Carrie Underwood and Ludacris


 

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]

 

Trevor Project: It Gets Better

You're a Firework by Katy Perry

You Are Not Alone by Emeli Sande

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

Having Pride

Cameron & Mitchell of Modern Family: It Gets Better
Tim Cook to LGBTQ Youth: You Are a Gift to the World
The Trevor Film

This is the New Year by Ian Axel
Hilary Clinton: It Gets Better

 

 

You Are a Gift to the World

 

Iíve 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 doesnít accept them, struggling to be what someone else thinks is normal. Let me tell you, normal might just be the worst word ever created. Youíre 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]

 

 

Human Rights Campaign

Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network
Parents & Friends of Lesbians & Gays
Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation
National LGBTQ Task Force

Southern Poverty Law Center

Campus Pride

Trevor Project

 

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]

 

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Don't Give Up

 

Everyone knows this world ainít perfect. But what you got goiní on makes you worthy. Anywhere you turn or any way you slice it, someoneís gonna get burned. But those scars are truly worth it. One day youíll see that the answer you seek was in front of you. Love is all you need.

 

When your backís against the wall, cuz you feel you've lost it all. Thereís 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? Donít give up on love.

 

Sometimes it feels like things wonít get better. But in time youíll realize nothing lasts forever. One day youíll see that the answer you seek was in front of you. Love is all you need.

 

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

 

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

 

 

Get Back Up Again

 

"Some super fun surprise around each corner! Just riding on a rainbow!  I'm gonna be okay! Hey! I'm not giving up today! There's nothing getting in my way! And if you knock me over, I will get back up again! If something goes a little wrong, well, you can go ahead and bring it on! Because, if you knock me over, I will get back up again! I'm off on this remarkable adventure! I'm riding on a rainbow! What if it's all a big mistake? What if it's more than I can take? No! I can't think that way! Because I know that I'm really gonna be okay!"

-Anna Kendrick

 

This is How It Got Better

Jason Collins/Basketball Player

George Takei/Actor

Adam Lambert/Musician

Laverne Cox/Actor

Janet Mock/Magazine Editor

Rosie O'Donnell/Actor, Comedian

Tim Gunn/Designer

Jane Lynch/Actor

Raven Simone/Actor

RuPaul/Entertainer

Portia DeRossi/Actor

Wanda Sykes/Comedian

Nate Berkus/Designer

Candis Cayne/Actor

Andrew Rannells/Actor

Ian McKellen/Actor

 

 

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]

 

You Are Not Alone

I Just Want to Be OK by Ingrid Michaelson

Gloria Estefan: It Gets Better
Get Back Up Again by Anna Kendrick

Dare to Love by Sean Chapin

BD Wong: It Gets Better
Rachel Platten: Stand By You

Trevor Project: It Gets Better

I Am What I Am by Karen Mulder

Taylor Swift and Brendon Urie: Me

Todrick Hall: It Gets Better

Broadway Kids Against Bullying: I Have a Voice

I Am a Champion by Carrie Underwood and Ludacris

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

Steven Universe: Everyone is Gay!

 

 

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 the 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]

 

Human Rights Campaign

Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network
Parents & Friends of Lesbians & Gays
Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation
National LGBTQ Task Force

Southern Poverty Law Center

Campus Pride

Trevor Project


 

You Are Not Alone

 

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

-Beyonce

 

ďAnyone 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.Ē

ĖRichard Bach

 

ďWhen you feel like giving up, just remember the reason why you held on for so long.Ē

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"I donít know what itís like to be picked on for being gay. But I do know what itís like to grow up feeling that sometimes you donít belong. Itís tough. And for a lot of kids, the sense of being alone or apart Ė I know can just wear on you. And when youíre teased or bullied, it can seem like somehow you brought it on yourself Ė for being different, or for not fitting in with everybody else. But what I want to say is this. You are not alone. You didnít do anything wrong. You didnít 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

 



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

ďWhen 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.Ē

ĖHarriet 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
 

ďThere 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, thatís the freedom that enriches all of us. Thatís what America is all about.Ē

-President Barack Obama

 

ďNo, you arenít alone. Yes, we all feel this way sometimes. No, you wonít always feel like this. Yes, the world is a better place with you in it.Ē

-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

 

ďNever never never give up.Ē

ĖWinston Churchill

 

 

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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
Having Pride

Steven Universe: Everyone is Gay!

Trevor Project: It Gets Better

Get Back Up Again by Anna Kendrick

You Are Not Alone by Emeli Sande

I Am What I Am by Karen Mulder

Taylor Swift and Brendon Urie: Me

Broadway Kids Against Bullying: I Have a Voice

Jewel: It Gets Better

True Colors by LA Gay Men's Chorus

I Am a Champion by Carrie Underwood and Ludacris

Chris Colfer: It Gets Better

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

Ty Herndon: So Small

You Are Not Alone


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