Last night Saturday Night Live and its incredible cast of queer talent held up a mirror to the It Gets Better Project and made us laugh. I am sure you can imagine the flurry of calls, texts, and emails inspired by the skit. I am honored to be a part of an organization that continues to maintain relevance 10 years after the viral social media campaign that gave it life.

The It Gets Better Project is an essential source of validation and support for queer youth—not just in the US, but around the world, as well. LGBTQ+ youth continue to face high rates of bullying, peer rejection, and they often struggle to find their worthiness and power as individuals on their path to self-actualization.

We’ll take the laughs where we can get them, but our society needs to do more to ensure queer youth get the same access to positive experiences that many of their peers take for granted.

Thank you Dan Levy for being a source of inspiration in all you do. Thank you Bowen Yang, Kate McKinnon, Punkie Johnson, and all of the proudly out people at SNL who made last night’s skit happen.

We love you!

– Brian Wenke, Executive Director – It Gets Better Project