27 posts categorized "IT GETS BETTER"

Aug 03 2011
A Socialite At The End Of The Tunnel: An Interview With Kevin Michael Barba Comments (28)

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Eighteen-year-old Kevin Michael Barba is a reality show waiting to happen. He was introduced to the culture via a deliciously catty Gawker item lampooning a letter written on his behalf seeking help in securing a publicist. His goal? To be an out gay role model to teens, a human It Gets Better—even if his privileged upbringing makes him one of those rare It Was Never That Bad To Begin Withs.

Like any good member of the proletariat, I figured he might be a male Paris Hilton and Role-model scoffed at his naked desire to be famous. But I was curious, and after some Facebooking, I met with him for lunch at Blue Fin in Times Square. And lo and behold, I found him way more likable than his assistant's letter betrayed—yes, in spite of the fact that he's less than half my age and has an assistant in the first place. In person, he comes across as downright earnest, hoping to do good and at the same time wondering aloud how so many Gawker squawkers could liken his haircut to Justin Bieber's. ("Old people only have one point of reference for 18-year-olds?" I offered.)

Jackie O StripesOh, Jackie!

He's also self-aware enough to note that while he hopes to inspire others, he'd also like to earn a Mazel of the Week nod from Andy Cohen someday. His role models sound like ingredients in the image he hopes to convey—Cohen, Jackie O, Bethenny Frankel.

Lest you think I'm just cozying up to him on the off chance he could be persuaded to pay for my first tummy tuck, I paid for lunch over his strident objections. I wanted to preserve my journalistic integrity. So keep an open mind and have a look at how he responded to all my questions—if you watch to the end, you might even get a chic Countess LuAnn de Lesseps reference...

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Jul 29 2011
It Gets Worse...Much Worse Comments (1)

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Sen. (for now!) Scott Brown (R-Massachusetts) skipped out on the It Gets Better campaign. As David Mixner points out, it's another sign the Republicans are trying to destroy the entire concept based on its founder like liking Christianity and having a bombastic way of expressing himself. This wouldn't be the first baby Republicans tossed out with what they perceived as bathwater. It's pathetic.

 
Jun 21 2011
Stop In The Name Of Love Comments (0)

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Rise Against has a catchy, hit-bound song in "Make It Stop (September's Children)," and they've partnered with the It Gets Better Project in producing a music video that illustrated the plight of kids who are bullied relentlessly school.

511-RTd8nPL._SL500_AA280_ IGB founder Dan Savage says:

"Tim McIlrath has written a powerful song. With the release of 'Make It Stop' and the accompanying video, Rise Against is sending the message to its fan base that the bullying and harassment of LGBT teens needs to stop and that suicide isn't a solution."

The video makes use of messages of hope from real teens as well as a final word from Savage. Rise Against's new album Endgame is available now—it debuted at #2.

 
Jun 07 2011
It Gets Melhor Comments (2)

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A Brazilian take on "It Gets Better" has launched—the first of its kind in the Portuguese language...

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May 20 2011
She Got Better Comments (0)

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Via Towleroad: People.com editor Janet Mock comes forward as a trans person in a frank, touching "It Gets Better" video.

 
Dec 12 2010
It Gets Better And Better Comments (15)

Cheaper_to_keep_her_tourVivica did theater...now everyone's doing it! Even "comedian"s.

Vivica A. Fox's "It Gets Better" video is such an unintentional parody it has to be seen to be believed. Her heart is in the right place, but "out of touch" doesn't begin to describe it. And it's got this score-settling undertone that would work if she weren't talking about her career as opposed to her personal life. Her head's so far up her own ass she should be on Xtube...

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Nov 16 2010
"These People Should Not Be On TV. Point-Blank. They Shouldn't." Comments (8)

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Via Kenneth In The (212): This gay young person calls bullshit on the cast of The A-List for claiming "It Gets Better" when their show (and maybe their lives—hard to say, the show's so scripted) is all about bullying, picking each other apart, social-status oneupsmanship and even, as of last night. fisticuffs. Can't agree with him that they "should not be on TV," but it's definitely questionable that they would be so central on Logo and ridiculous that they would try to tell gay teens "It Gets Better" while doing everything they're doing to promote that "It Gets Worse"...video after the jump...

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Nov 09 2010
It Gets Into The Groove Better: "I Wouldn't Have A Career If It Weren't For The Gay Community" Comments (7)

SafariScreenSnapz002It's shallow and gossipy but...her hands look amazing!

Madonna wasn't sure where to find the YouTube, so she did her "It Gets Better" with The Ellen DeGeneres Show—works for me! It was almost too much to wish for that her entire appearance today would be a big wet kiss to the gay community, and she looks as fantastic as the content is. (I love the Truth or Dare-era makeup paired with the Ray of Light hair.)

Video and text excerpts from her chat after the jump...

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