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It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living MP3 CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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"A masterstroke . . . revolutionary." — Armistead Maupin, author of Tales of the City --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
DAN SAVAGE is an author, journalist, and activist widely known and appreciated for his mordant wit, political commentary, and commonsensical approach to all manner of sexual issues. He is the author of the internationally syndicated column ''Savage Love'' and the editorial director of The Stranger, a weekly newspaper in Seattle. His writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the op-ed pages of the New York Times, Travel & Leisure, Salon.com, Nest, Rolling Stone, The Onion, and many other publications. He lives in Seattle, Washington, with his husband Terry Miller.
TERRY MILLER is a DJ, event promoter, musician, and music critic/blogger. He is Dan Savage's partner of sixteen years.
Top Customer Reviews
Within 24 hours, someone uploaded a second video. In 3 days, there were several hundred videos. At the end of the week, there were 1,000. In week 4, the White House called with a request to add a video from President Obama. There are now more than 10,000 videos in the It Get's Better collection.
About 1% of these were selected and transcribed and combined with expanded and original essays to present these messages in written form. The themes of the essays are why gay, bi, questioning, outsider, bullied, or any other youth should not kill themselves or be self destructive, since their lives will and do get better. The book includes resources and suggestions, and should be read by teachers, librarians, youth workers, parents, and of course, youth.
The book features contributions by President Obama, David Sedaris, Kate Clinton, Murray Hill, Bishop Gene Robinson, Ellen Degeneres, Tim Gunn, UK PM David Cameron, Suze Orman, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Chaz Bono, Bruce Ortiz, PereZ Hilton, Alex Orue and many more.
There is something for nearly everyone: Jennifer Finney Boylan, a transgender woman who teaches at Colby, writes about a post-college incident where she drove to the literal edge of North America to end her life from a cliff (but didn't); Gregory MaGuire, the author of "Wicked" writes an essay; while Kevin Yee, an actor in the musical, "Wicked," also writes one. It is one of the funniest essays in the book.Read more ›
It's an earnest, uneven, truly inspirational collection, with enough of those heart-in-your-throat moments to keep you reading.
Interestingly, the most famous names in the book have the least impact. Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Al Franken, Suze Orman and even Ellen Degeneres are all here, but their pieces feel about as passionate as thumbing through their cue cards. Maybe fame leads to caution.
You'll have to settle for celebrity twice-removed to tap a wellspring of real emotion. Randy Roberts Potts is the grandson of the late, ultra-homophobic televangelist Oral Roberts, and Randy shares a family secret more salacious than his own homosexuality: his uncle, Ronald David Roberts, was also gay, and he was so despondent after coming out to his famous father that he killed himself with a gunshot to his heart.
Randy's own story is filled with religious and social trials, but there is victory. "I had to fight hard for it, but it finally happened," he writes, "the freedom to just be myself." And then he can't resist this: "My grandfather was famous for telling people, `Something good is going to happen to you!' And, it's strange to admit it, but he was right."
I still have the voice of lesbian Gabrielle Rivera ringing in my ears. Gabrielle appears on page 45 and not a moment too soon, bursting with truth and anger and passion. "It kind of doesn't get better," she proclaims. "...but what happens is this: You get stronger. You learn how to love yourself. You learn that other people are just crazy and caught up in their own crap.Read more ›
I quickly donated the book to my local high school, for others to use.
I gave it a 3 star because, I ended up getting really bored throughout (ended up skimming) as the stories started to become the same theme.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The content here was passionate and diversified, representing a variety of experiences to ensure that it's target audience—teens—find an essay or two that resonates with their... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ryan Mease
As a young gay man coming to terms with his sexually, this is exactly the book I needed to make through the dark days, I would have probably committed suicide without the support... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Andrew Pravecek
When I first got it, I though it was going to be another advise or how to book about loving life and coming out as an lgbt teen. But once I got it I was proven so wrong. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Sarah Rosenberg
Very inspirational to hear people sharing their stories in order to inspire others to hang on until It Gets Better.Published 13 months ago by ABJames
As a person currently going through the process of coming out, I found the stories in the book very inspiring. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Robert E Cashman