Don't Give Up
"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."
"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."
"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
"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."
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It Gets Better by
This is My Fight
Song by Rachel Platten
People Like Us by Kelly Clarkson
Aftermath by Adam Lambert
You'll Be Okay by
You're a Firework by Katy Perry
by Rob Thomas
This is the New Year
by Ian Axel
I Just Want to Be OK
by Ingrid Michaelson
Dare to Love by Sean Chapin
Am What I Am by Karen Mulder
True Colors by LA
Gay Men's Chorus
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, better, better.
The pain will let up, let up, let up.
If you fall just get up, get up, get up. Because there's
The world gets lighter, lighter, lighter.
So be a fighter, fighter, fighter. Just live to see that day.
Hey friend, we used to feel like you.
No end in sight.
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.
(From Jay Kuo & Blair Shepard)
Words of Encouragement
Dan & Terry: It
Obama: It Gets Better
Teen Talks About Being Bullied
AFL CIO President
Trumka: It Gets Better
Adam Lambert: It
Suze Orman: It Gets Better
It Gets Better:
Wisdom From Our Gay Elders
Harris: It Gets Better
Eve: It Gets Better
Rob Thomas : It
Cameron & Mitchell
of Modern Family: It Gets Better
Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns: It Gets Better
Speaker of the
House Nancy Pelosi: It Gets Better
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.
(From Adam Lambert / Aftermath)
Everything Will Be Okay
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.
(From Kelly Clarkson / People
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I Am Equal
''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
"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
Messages of Hope
Secretary of State
Hilary Clinton: It Gets Better
Gloria Estefan: It
BD Wong: It Gets
Jewel: It Gets Better
Chris Colfer: It
Gets Better Project: Comments From Gap Stores Staff
It Gets Better
Project: Comments From MTV Logo Staff
It Gets Better: Comments From Wicked Cast
Advocate: Dan Savage Aims to Save LGBT Kids
News Report: It Gets Better Project
Psych Central: It Gets Better Project
Sean Chapin Sings:
It Gets Better
You're a Firework
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
Because baby you're a firework. Come on show
'em what you're worth. Make 'em go "Oh, oh,
oh!" As you shoot across the sky.
Baby you're a firework. Come on let your
colors burst. Make 'em go "Oh, oh, oh!"
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
Boom, boom, boom. Even brighter than the
moon. It's always been inside of you. And
now it's time to let it through.
Perry / Firework)
Yes, even today, it still takes courage to
speak out and counter the stereotypes, the scapegoating, the fear, and
the ignorance surrounding our lives. Yet, throughout the world, on
university and grade school campuses, in communities and homes, and in
the media, issues of sexuality, gender identity, and expression are
increasingly coming out of the closet.
Fortunately, we see young people
developing positive identities at earlier ages than ever before.
Activists of all ages are gaining selective electoral, legislative, and
Young people have been integral in the
development and success of social movements from the very beginning. And
today they are shaking up traditionally dichotomous notions of
male/female, gay/straight, and masculine/feminine.
They are transforming and revolutionizing
the society and its institutions by challenging overall power inequities
related not only to sexuality and gender identity, categorizations and
hierarchies, but also making links to the various types of oppression,
and forming coalitions with other marginalized groups.
They are dreaming their dreams, sharing
their ideas and visions, and organizing to ensure a world free from all
the deadly forms of oppression. Along their journey they are inventing
new ways of relating and being in the world.
Their stories, experiences, and activism
have great potential to bring us to a future where people all across the
gender and sexuality spectrums will live freely, unencumbered by
constraining, outmoded, and oppressive social taboos and cultural norms
of gender and sexuality.
(From Dr. Warren J. Blumenfeld /
Iowa State University)
Association for Lesbian
Gay Bisexual & Transgender Issues in Counseling of Alabama