Project co-founders Dan Savage and Terry Miller received a standing ovation when they accepted a special award at the Creative Arts Emmys over the weekend for their It Gets Better television special.
Now comes word that a second special, once again anchored by Savage and Miller, will be aired on MTV and Logo next month just ahead of Coming Out Day. It will feature the stories and experiences of young people who are growing up LGBT and air on 9 October.
It was in September 2010 that Savage and Miller created a YouTube video to inspire hope for young people facing harassment. It was a response to a number of students committing suicide after being bullied in school. The couple wanted to create a personal way for supporters everywhere to tell LGBT youth that, yes, it does indeed get better.
In less than two years, the project has turned into a worldwide movement, inspiring more than 50,000 user-created videos viewed more than 50 million times. President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Adam Lambert, Anne Hathaway, Colin Farrell, Tim Gunn, Ellen DeGeneres and Suze Orman are among those who have made videos.
At Saturday night’s Creative Arts Emmys, Savage and Miller were presented with the Governors Award by Neil Patrick Harris who had also made a video for the project.
‘The award is not for us, it’s for the project,’ Savage told reporters backstage. ‘I think it’s a moment in our culture when it’s broken through to the world that LGBT children were suffering and dying. The award means that the culture is reconciling itself to the needs of LGBT kids, who grow up in straight families and are often bullied by their own families.
‘To get a standing ovation from that crowd was flabbergasting,’ he added. ‘I actually teared up and then I couldn’t see to read the teleprompter and I had to wing it.’