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I wish I could have told you things get better. The words that became a call to action were born in the comments section on a blog post written by Savage about 15-year-old Billy Lucas. Savage, an author (The Kid, 1999), gay activist, and sex-advice columnist, together with his partner, Miller, launched the It Gets Better project on YouTube as a reaction to Lucas' and two other suicides precipitated by gay bullying during the summer of 2010. So far it's garnered more than 10,000 videos filled with messages of hope, love, and encouragement for LGBT teens from LGBT and straight adults wishing to reach out to kids with limited support and resources. It Gets Better the book expands on a selection of those videos, capturing stories from people of every background, including a startling collection of famous writers, entertainers, and politicians. Particularly noteworthy are essays from President Obama and David Sedaris and a bilingual entry from a Mexican student now living in Canada. This a resource every library should have on hand.--Jones, Courtne. Copyright 2010 Booklist