It Gets Better Project honored with Governor’s Award

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By Kelly Craig

“It Gets Better,” the inspiring anti-bullying project created by Dan Savage and Terry Miller, earns the Governor’s Award at the Creative Arts Emmys on Sunday in Los Angeles.

Back in September 2010, columnist and author Dan Savage and Terry Miller took a shot at encouraging youth who face harassment by creating a YouTube video campaign. Their first video sparked over 50,000 user-created videos to follow, from people throughout the world, from politicians like President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Rep. Nancy Pelosi; comedians Sarah Silverman, and Ellen DeGeneres; and actors Colin Farrell, Anne Hathaway, and Matthew Morrison of “Glee.” Staffs of The Gap, Google, Facebook, Pixar, the Broadway community, sports teams and many more are making videos and spreading the message.

Project supporter Neil Patrick Harris introduced the founders onstage at the event. The crowd rose to their feet in honor of the pair who began the movement. Savage and Miller accepted their award from Academy Chair Bruce Rosenblum.

After the ceremony, Savage told reporters, “The award is not for us. It’s for the project. I think it’s a moment in our culture when it’s broken through to the world that LGBT children were suffering and dying.” He continues, “to get a standing ovation from that crowd was flabbergasting. I actually teared up and then I couldn’t see to read the teleprompter and I had to wing it.”

Check out dot429’s Anti-Bully panel during the upcoming StraightTalk weekend on Sunday, October 14th – and consider participating to make a significant change in how we as a community can put an end to bullying.

 

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