MTV holds open casting call for It Gets Better project

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By Jordan Ruimy

MTV has started casting for a new round of its acclaimed “It Gets Better” project. 

In the casting call, MTV wrote that they were “looking for people who appear to be 15-25 and want to share their stories and experiences about growing up LGBT.” The “It Gets Better” project was funded by Ben Savage and his husband Terry Miller. 

It began as a project with the intent to tell teenagers that their lives will get better and as a way to prevent teen suicide from happening due to homophobic bullying in high school.

The videos have reached the Youtube 650 video limit and are now organized on a separate web site, where close to 30,000 entries are available and close to 40 million views have been achieved.  

The project was triggered as a response to high school teenager Billy Lucas and his shocking suicide due to homophobic bullying. Savage wrote after the tragedy, “I wish I could have talked to this kid for five minutes. I wish I could have told Billy that it gets better. I wish I could have told him that, however bad things were, however isolated and alone he was, it gets better.” 

Notable celebrities have made their own “It Gets Better” videos, among them  President Barack Obama who submitted his video back in 2010. It is now a project that has spread internationally with videos being shown in Canada, Australia, Peru, Chile, Finland, Malaysia, South Africa, Sweden and the UK.

For more information about the campaign, visit the It Gets Better site here

For more information on the MTV casting call, visit the site here

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