Dan Savage's It Gets Better Project has generated tons of amazing videos. We've selected 15 of note, from the President, a Marine, Vinny from Jersey Shore — and lots more.
Tim Gunn discusses his suicide attempt and chokes up while offering his support in this incredibly moving video.
Cop and Marine
JD and Alan seal their "It Gets Better" message with a kiss.
I wouldn't usually think of Jersey Shore's Vinny as an advocate for gay rights, but this video is actually pretty sweet.
Rev. Meg Riley
An openly gay Unitarian minister, Rev. Riley offers a message that's more somber than most — it won't quickly, easily get better for everyone. However, she says, "so much of who I am, what I know, and the gifts that I bring come from my struggle."
A nice enough message, but actually getting rid of Don't Ask Don't Tell might do more to make things better.
Lauzon shares her story of gender transition at age 13, and how much better her life has gotten since then.
Speaker Pelosi mentions the Hate Crimes Bill as evidence that Congress is working on behalf of LGBT people. Unfortunately, not everyone feels the same way she does.
"Been there, done that, and here I am," says one of the awesome older people in this video. Says another, "it gets funnier."
Whether Perez will really stick to his no-bullying policy is an open question, but this video is still kind of charming. I like how he points out his pimple and acknowledges that many people find him "annoying."
Mystique Summers From RuPaul's Drag Race
"It gets better once you throw a wig on it."
There are lots of awesome "It Gets Better" videos in ASL. This one also has voice captioning for hearing folks.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet
The only thing wrong with this video is that it doesn't include a marriage to Alec Baldwin.
Sweet Kelly Girl
Sweet Kelly Girl flips the script and directs her "It Gets Better" message at homophobes.
Some commenters are understandably annoyed that Sharnell calls suicide "the easy way out," but I love her teacher's reason for staying alive — "you have to open up The Velveteen Rabbit."
Seriously, just try not to cry.
It Gets Better [YouTube]