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Gay Adolescent Development and the It Gets Better Project

Cynthia Vinney, MA Fielding Graduate University ABSTRACT Adolescence is the first time during the developmental process in which individuals are able to imagine possible futures for themselves. For adolescents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, this may be more difficult because of feelings of stigmatization and negative experiences like bullying. The It Gets Better Project, an online social change campaign, seeks to provide hope and visions of positive futures to gay youth through video contributions created by gay adults and other supporters. This article examines the narratives used by the campaign and its videos and how these narratives address ...

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