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“It Gets Better” TV Special to Air Tonight on MTV, Logo

“It Gets Better” TV Special to Air Tonight on MTV, Logo

If you or someone you know has been affected by anti-gay bullying, set your DVR. A new television special inspired by the It Gets Better campaign will air tonight on MTV and Logo.

The 60 minute program is hosted and co-produced by Dan Savage, the writer/activist who started the It Gets Better video series in 2010 in reaction to the rising suicide rates among LGBT youth. More than 30,000 participants have posted videos to the campaign’s site, offering their own stories, advice and words of encouragement for bullied teens.

Savage stated in a press release that he believes the special will resonate with millions of viewers, whether they’re gay or straight. “It’s so important they know that things get better and that living openly and honestly and being who you are makes it better,” he said.

The special will focus on the lives of three youth: a young gay man about to come out of the closet, an African American lesbian struggling for family acceptance and a transgender man facing legal barriers as he prepares to get married. Their stories are intersected with clips from numerous It Gets Better YouTube videos.

Adam Levine, Zachary Quinto, Margaret Cho, Chaz Bono and other celebrities will also be featured.

“[LGBT youth] have so many great moments ahead of them and they will do things they never thought possible,” said Savage. “So long as they keep fighting, stay positive, and stay with us.”

Click here to watch the official trailer.

“It Gets Better” premieres Tuesday, February 21 on MTV and Logo at 11pm EST.

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4:29PM PST on Feb 25, 2012

Good to know...

4:05PM PST on Feb 24, 2012

It is great to hear about TV shows that are hopeful and inspiring for the rest of us. Shows such as this teach tolerance and help to promote a better world to its audience.

Too bad some other tv programs are not as helpful and ethic as this one.

For example, there is a petition against SpikeTV's 'American Diggers' which is a scheduled program that promotes looting and selling artifacts for individual profit. This destroys the ability of those artifacts and their context to give us new information regarding our cultural identity and history.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/tell-spike-tv-to-cancel-scheduled-show-american-digger/

Once again, why does money seem to get in the way of ethics? At least MTV and logo are more inspiring.

1:54AM PST on Feb 23, 2012

One of my heroes also, Joe. I don't have TV reception because I don't generally like TV, but this is one time I wish I did!
I am so glad that Dan Savage started this, and that so many people have joined to try to help a battered and too often reviled segment of the population.

4:25PM PST on Feb 22, 2012

Fantastic!

10:23AM PST on Feb 22, 2012

Thank you for the article...

9:57AM PST on Feb 22, 2012

Great video and thanks to MTV! Will ceetainly watch and spread the word!

8:08AM PST on Feb 22, 2012

That is wonderful both for helping those involved and helping others to understand. I do believe the suicides have always been, but now it's reported. Who knows how many teenage or young adult suicides there were in the 60's for instance, but I know of a couple of attempts from back then.

5:15AM PST on Feb 22, 2012

Kudos to MTv and Mr. Savage and all of those who shared their encouragement

2:46AM PST on Feb 22, 2012

MTV and their substantial number of viewers represent the future.

That their audience is mainly young people means that it is only a matter of time before the message of basic decency, fairness and full and equal inclusion becomes the commonplace. The Theo-fascist "Right" knows this; they also know that there is nothing that they can do to forestall this eventuality, and it drives them crazy -- a very short trip.

10:49AM PST on Feb 21, 2012

Good on MTV and Mr. Savage.

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