Write for ItGetsBetter.org

The It Gets Better Project is always looking to feature new voices on itgetsbetter.org. Read on to find out how you can become one of our contributing writers.

The It Gets Better Project is always reviewing guest blogger submissions and pitches for itgetsbetter.org. We are eager to highlight fresh takes on a variety of topics. The best way to be considered for publication is to refer to our writer’s guidelines below. Note: We do offer a stipend for writers whose submissions are selected for publication. 

Please visit our submission guidelines if you’re interested in joining us as a TikTok Creator or on Twitch as an ambassador or affiliate. 

Length: Less is more – 500-750 words is a good guide. For particularly nuanced topics, we can go longer.

Style: Write how you talk. We love conversational tone, we love bold statements, we love articles that are easy to digest and glean important information from. 

Tone/Audience: Clever, confident and helpful. We are eager to feature a variety of POV’s and topics – just keep in mind that our audience is LGBTQ+ youth ages 13-18. Submissions should be written with them in mind.

Topics: We care about any and all things that pertain to LGBTQ+ youth. We’re working to uplift, empower and connect LGBTQ+ youth. They’re well aware of all of the challenges and obstacles facing them in this world, so let’s focus on topics that inspire and excite them about the world. That doesn’t mean we have to ignore real issues. But if the topic is LGBTQ+ books that are being banned in schools, a feature expanding understanding of the bigger issue at play rather than focusing on the people who are doing the banning is preferred. 

How To Submit

Attach a Word doc to your email and send it to submissions@itgetsbetter.org.  If you’re interested in pitching a topic vs an already written article, please provide samples of your previous work. You may also provide links to your blog or previously published works in your query.

Please note some important days of interest in the LGBTQ+ community that we will be focusing on at itgetsbetter.org. This does not mean pitches need to adhere to these themes, but they are dates to be aware of and to help guide you when pitching:

January: Martin Luther King Jr Day (Jan 17)

February: Black History Month, Valentine’s Day (Feb 14)

March: Women’s History Month, Stress Awareness Month, Bisexual Health Awareness Month, Trans Day of Visibility (March 31)

April: Arab Heritage Month, Day of Silence (April 22), Lesbian Visibility Day (April 26)

May: Mental Health Month, AAPI Month,  International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (May 17), Harvey Milk Day (May 22), Pan Visibility Day (May 24)

June: Pride Month, Pulse Night of Remembrance (June 12), Stonewall Riots Anniversary (June 28), Give OUT Day (June 30)

July: International Non-Binary People’s Day (July 14)

August: Back to School, Marsha P. Johnson Day (Aug 24)

September: Suicide Prevention Week (begins Sept 4), Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept 15-Oct 15), Bisexual Awareness Week (September 16-22), Celebrate Bisexuality Day (Sept 23). 

October: National Bullying Prevention Month, LGBTQ History Month, Indigenous People’s Day (Oct 10), National Coming Out Day (Oct 11), Spirit Day (Oct 17), International Pronouns Day (Oct 19), Asexual Awareness Day (Oct 24), Intersex Awareness Day (Oct 26)

November: Native American Heritage Month, Intersex Day of Remembrance (Nov 8), Trans Awareness Week (begins Nov 14), Giving Tuesday (Nov 29), International Transgender Day of Remembrance (Nov 30)

December: Holidays and chosen family, World AIDS Day (Dec 1), Human Rights Day (Dec 10)

2023

January: Martin Luther King Jr Day (Jan 16)

February: Black History Month, Valentine’s Day (Feb 14)