MTV will air an hour-long documentary tomorrow night, Feb. 21, on the “It Gets Better Project” at 11 p.m. The documentary will also be simultaneously broadcast on Logo.
"The lives of these three young people will resonate with millions of teens—gay and straight—who are being bullied for simply being themselves,” said project founder Dan Savage in an official statement. "It's so important they know that things get better and that living openly and honestly and being who you are makes it better. They have so many great moments ahead of them and they will do things they never thought possible—so long as they keep fighting, stay positive, and stay with us."
Created by columnist Savage and his partner Terry Miller in Sept. 2010 after a rash of teenage suicides of LGBT youth because of bullying, the “It Gets Better Project” has grown to now feature thousands of videotaped personal stories from LGBT people reminding bullied youth that they are not alone in their struggles.
Pop singer Lady Gaga is pushing hard to bring attention to the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.
Within the last week, Gaga took several former members of the military who were discharged, or resigned, because of DADT to the MTV Music Video Awards. The singer has also taken to Twitter to discuss the policy with politicians like Senators Harry Reid and Kirsten Gillibrand and yesterday put together an impassioned video on YouTube calling on the Senate to address the issue.
The last half of MTV's new documentary series "If You Really Knew Me" caught my eye earlier this week. It was past normal programming hours, and looked like a late night "Cable in the Classroom" style PSA intended for teachers to record and use in class — which I'm not even sure teachers do anymore.