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.”
“It Gets Better” premieres Tuesday, February 21 on MTV and Logo at 11pm EST.
Image captured from video trailer