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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."

-R
achel Platten

 

"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."
-Rob Thomas

"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 rainbow."
-Katy Perry

 

"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."

-Ian Axel

 

 

 

Support for LGBTQ Youth in Crisis
 

TREVOR LIFELINE:  866-488-7386  (866-4-U-TREVOR)

WEBSITE:  The Trevor Project

ON-LINE CHAT:  Trevor Chat

SOCIAL NETWORK:  Trevor Space
Q&A:  Dear Trevor
LINKS:  Support Organizations

 


Messages of Hope

 

It Gets Better by Broadway Stars
This is My Fight Song by Rachel Platten

People Like Us by Kelly Clarkson

Aftermath by Adam Lambert
You'll Be Okay by Ian Axel

You're a Firework by Katy Perry
Someday 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
I 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 another way. 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. Fearing everyday. 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 Gets Better
President Barack Obama: It Gets Better

Teen Talks About Being Bullied
AFL CIO President Trumka: It Gets Better
Adam Lambert: It Gets Better
Suze Orman: It Gets Better
It Gets Better: Wisdom From Our Gay Elders
Neil Patrick Harris: It Gets Better
Eve: It Gets Better

Rob Thomas : It Gets Better
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

 


Don't Be afraid

 

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

 

Everybody 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 Like Us)

 



LGBT Youth Resources

The Trevor Project
Advocates for Youth
Youth Resource: Amplify Your Voice
National Coalition for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Youth
National Youth Advocacy Coalition
Alabama Safe Schools Coalition
Gay/Lesbian/Straight Education Network (GLSEN)  
Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians & Gays
Resources for LGBT Youth

SPLC: LGBT Related Legal Rights for Students

I Am Equal

Born Different

 


 

''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 Gets Better
BD Wong: It Gets Better
Jewel: It Gets Better

Chris Colfer: It Gets Better

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
CBS 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 July. 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 know.

Boom, boom, boom. Even brighter than the moon. It's always been inside of you. And now it's time to let it through.

 

(From Katy Perry / Firework)

 


 

Youth Revolution

 

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 judicial victories.

 

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)

 


LGBT Youth Resources

 

Alabama Safe Schools Coalition
Respect for All Project
Teaching Tolerance
The Trevor Project
It Gets Better Project

Rainbow Rumpus
Advocates for Youth
Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays
National Youth Advocacy
Campus Pride Net
We Are Family
Lambda 10 Project
Youth Resource

Queer Theory: Parenting Resources
Safe Schools Coalition
Born Different
What Makes People Gay?
Video: Gay
Education
How Do I Know I'm Gay?

APA Booklet: Just the Facts About Sexual Orientation
Biology Not Bigotry By Justin Woods
Homosexuality: Is It A Choice?
Homosexuality: Biologically or Socially Constructed?
CBS News 60 Minutes Report: The Science of Sexual Orientation
Wikipedia: Homosexuality and Psychology
Pro and Con: Born Gay?

 

 

 


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