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was designed to enhance the advocacy of legal services organizations that support the LGBT community. The program leverages the library of over 50,000 usergenerated it gets better videos that have been created in support of the It Gets Better Project. In offering their it gets better stories, contributors from around the world representing all ages, races, religions, nationalities, gender identities and sexual orientations provide invaluable, personal accounts of a variety of experiences in the LGBT community. These range from the challenges faced as youth with families and in schools, to those faced as adults with same-sex relationships, parenting, immigration, discrimination and more. With this diverse collection of stories, is able to offer access to an enormous, first-of-its-kind content library showcasing the real-life experiences of LGBT people and their allies. These videos can be used to support advocacy efforts undertaken by legal services organizations, by illustrating issues in a manner that is compelling both in the courtroom and the community.

The mission of the It Gets Better Project is to communicate to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth around the world that it gets better, and to help effect the changes necessary to make it so.

Contact us at betterlegal@itgetsbetter.org.

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Enhancing advocacy for LGBT youth

is a program of the It Gets Better Project


participate How It Works for Legal Services Organizations Legal services organizations participating in submit requests for it gets better videos. Each request describes the issue that the videos are meant to illustrate, and the context in which the videos will be used; for instance, citation in a legal brief or use in community education materials. volunteers then select a collection of it gets better videos tailored to the request. The videos are provided to the organization with information explaining why the videos were chosen. The materials generated by the organization using the videos may then be highlighted through the It Gets Better

HOW IT WORKS FOR VOLUNTEERS volunteers are trained to search the It Gets Better

Project’s popular social media outlets to draw further attention

Project’s video library to find content that supports pro-LGBT

to the legal services organization’s work.

The It Gets Better Project was founded in September, 2010, when the first it gets better video was uploaded to YouTube, igniting a worldwide phenomenon. That first video offered a desperately needed message of hope to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth. It urged those youth to tough it out through the bullying and other challenges

There is no cost for legal services organizations to participate in

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property, digital media and evidentiary issues important for using online video content in various forms of legal advocacy.

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is structured to allow volunteers to participate whenever they are available, and from any location around the world.

HOW IT WORKS FOR lawyers

that confronted them in their teenage years and described the

aims to improve advocacy by educating the legal

positive future they could experience as adults. It told them

profession about issues relevant to the It Gets Better Project,

that no matter how difficult things may be today, it gets better.

advocacy efforts. Additionally, they learn about intellectual

An organization submits a request for it gets better videos.

Volunteers compile a set of videos appropriate for the organization’s use.

The organization incorporates the videos in its advocacy, educational or other materials.

The materials are highlighted through the It Gets Better Project’s social media platforms.

such as cyberbullying and legal issues confronting LGBT youth. Educational opportunities are available to certain program sponsors in the form of in-house presentations, and are a component of the

To find out more about BETTERLegal or to become involved as a participant or volunteer, contact us at betterlegal@itgetsbetter.org.

volunteer training program.

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