About It Gets Better (taken from itgetsbetter.org)
Growing up isn’t easy. Many young people face daily tormenting and bullying, leading them to feel like they have nowhere to turn. This is especially true for LGBT kids and teens, who often hide their sexuality for fear of bullying. Without other openly gay adults and mentors in their lives, they can't imagine what their future may hold. In many instances, gay and lesbian adolescents are taunted — even tortured — simply for being themselves.
Justin Aaberg. Billy Lucas. Cody Barker. Asher Brown. Seth Walsh. Raymond Chase. Tyler Clementi. They were tragic examples of youth who could not believe that it does actually get better.
While many of these teens couldn’t see a positive future for themselves, we can. The It Gets Better Project was created to show young LGBT people the levels of happiness, potential, and positivity their lives will reach – if they can just get through their teen years. The It Gets Better Project wants to remind teenagers in the LGBT community that they are not alone — and it WILL get better.
Why Manchester United?
Football in the UK is considered to be one of the last bastions of homophobia in professional sports and who better to set an example than the new Premiership Champions? If such a high profile sporting institution were to stand up and send a message saying that it gets better it would send a clear message to those people who feel homophobia is acceptable - that it isn't.
With this in mind we petition Manchester United to make their own It Gets Better video!