Last week, memoirist Dan Savage launched a video channel on YouTube to support teens struggling with bullies and suicide. In only a few days, the campaign has gone viral with celebrities like Zachary Quinto, Jake Shears, and Kathy Griffin sharing their stories of solace and encouragement.

Savage notes:

Why are we waiting for permission to talk to these kids? We have the ability to talk directly to them right now. We don’t have to wait for permission to let them know that it gets better. We can reach these kids.

Check out the video channel here.

So far, few authors have joined the conversation on YouTube, but hopefully more Young Adult novelists will lend their voices to the “It Gets Better” mantra—especially writers like David Levithan, Malinda Lo, Nick Burd, and Dale Peck.

The comfort and support that LGBT Young Adult books provide to teens is vastly underrated; Young Adult authors can make a huge impact on the lives of questioning LGBT youth. Rachel Wexelbaum’s Confessions of a Librarian Column is filled with the stories of librarians who attest to the power of LGBT YA books.

Earlier this year, LLF Board Member and Lambda Literary Award winner Nicola Griffith testified to the influence that one of her novels had on the life of a woman in the US.

In our Spring Campaign “Queer Books Save Queer Lives”, Griffith writes:

A woman in the Midwest approached me at a convention: No, she didn’t want to chat, but she thought I ought to know that Ammonite had literally saved her life: she had been planning to kill herself but instead, for six months, read the book cover to cover, over and over, endlessly, immersing herself in a world of women until she knew it was okay to be a woman, to stay alive and become herself.

The truth speaks for itself. Our books have the potential to sway readers—especially teens—away from making life-shattering decisions and guide them toward hope.

As we honor and celebrate National Coming Out Day, please take the time to lend support to both Dan Savage’s “It Gets Better” campaign and the Lambda Literary Foundation. It’s as easy as sending this link to a friend.

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5 Responses to “Why More Authors Should Support Dan Savage’s “It Gets Better” Campaign”

  1. Just Do It 12 October 2010 at 3:07 PM #

    Maybe Lambda should organize a video with all those authors you mentioned.

    • Antonio Gonzalez 12 October 2010 at 3:54 PM #

      Great Idea. We’re a small team here, but let me see what we can do.

  2. Steve Berman 13 October 2010 at 3:51 PM #

    Not all of us are tech-savvy enough to do a nice video. Instead, some of us focus on the old-fashioned way – writing uplifting books and donating to the Trevor Foundation.

  3. Martin Wilson 13 October 2010 at 4:40 PM #

    I’ve been wanting to do one, and meaning to do one, especially since I write YA. But not sure I have the technology. But I shall try!

  4. Yar 23 October 2010 at 11:13 AM #

    Also, Recently, A teacher gave my nine year inappropiate material to
    read. A chair was pulled off from under another her arm was injured.
    She received a sling at the hospital and she still has pain. They are
    so bullied at Buckatunna School. Also, my children were allowed pick
    up from someone who name was not on the list to pick them up. MORE
    MORE MORE Proof that this was brought up to the staff.
    October 1, 2010 back 180days and more
    Around 11:00 a.m., I received a call from MS L Revette. She stated
    that my child had stolen a wallet from another student. I said an
    accusation she said, no ,she did it. She confessed to it. I said I
    don’t believe she did it but, I am on my way.
    MS Patton was in MS Revette’s office as well. ( I had just spoken to
    them, separately, they were huddled together at the homecoming game
    last night.) Ms Revette started by saying what she accused Serena of.
    I defended her, by reminding MS Revette of the bullying and the non
    supervision and monitoring. I stated that my children do not have a
    fair advantage at that school. I repeated some history of Buckatunna
    and other statements. She passed a paper stating that Serena had five
    days suspension. She disagreed, MS Patton interrupted at times. Said
    she would get Serena an Emotional ruling. I repeated that it has been
    so many request made by me and nothing is being done. As, I was
    leaving out, MS Revette loudly laughed behind me. I turned to make
    sure it was her that mocked us and this situation.
    I asked Serena, what happened if she did it. She was so frightened and
    confused. She said nothing. She cried. I told her it was okay. I asked
    if she would rather discuss it at home, she nodded yes.
    I went over speaking to MS Everette and signing out my kids. She asked
    what was wrong, I explained of the accusation, MS Revette came
    barreling in that office saying that I can not involve MS Everette. I
    sated that, she asked what was going on and I told her.
    I left with my kids. We stopped at home. Just as I suspected, Serena
    gave her story and said she did not do it. She said she felt fear, she
    was scared when they found it in there.
    Talked to MS Leah, who was interested in some the other happenings as
    well. But, could not go over to the Superintendent office with me. I
    talked to Mr. Clay after waiting for quite some time. Mr. Clay had the
    copies in front of him. It was a long similar meeting of 2009. He
    laughed at me several times.
    I carried Serena to her 3:00 p.m. appointment to see Dr. Parker. Gave
    summary and she said, she can start seeing another therapist. Ms Tracy
    is no longer there. She had not missed an appointment under Doctor
    Parker’s care. Which to me is top therapy, coming from the doctor.
    I am feeling forced to home school.
    Rayar Johnson

    October 4,2010
    Would have been nine weeks test, kids were excited about so they could
    move their book level up.

    Help, I am forceed to home school because of bullying, mistaken
    suspension,unsupervision in school and cheerleader practice,bus driven
    by sucididal man, They someone pick them up not on the list, 9 year old given passion material to read,children
    told not to come to that school if, told of cheating onthe mct2 test
    and the school rating is successful, none of our request were met,

    Disability rights not met, unfair education therapist stop coming and more
    Buckatunna Elementary school
    P O Box 60
    Buckatunna,MS 39322

    Rayar Johnson
    20 JR Merrill RD
    Buckatunna, MS 39322

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