The goal of the project is to inspire bullied youths (particularly gay and lesbian kids) to hang in there and persevere despite their daily challenges because, well, "it gets better." Savage and his husband, Terry Miller, got the ball rolling in 2010 with a single video they made together. Savage hoped the project would eventually encompass 100 videos, he notes in the introduction to his book It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living.
"That was the goal," he writes, "and it seemed ambitious: one hundred videos—best-case scenario: two hundred videos—made by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender adults for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youths."
As of today there are thousands of videos on the site.
Savage will also sign books after his talk. For more info call 630-617-3390. It's free.