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Chilean Affiliate advocates for Gender Identity Law

As we speak, the Senate of Chile (the upper house of the country's National Congress) is debating the Ley de Identidad de Género (the "Gender Identity Law"), one that would allow Chilean citizens to change their legal gender to reflect their gender identity. Our affiliate in Chile - TODO MEJORA- is working hard to inform people about the benefits that such a law would bring to LGBTQ youth in the country.

Thank you to everyone for helping us raise over $34,000!!!!

In August we raised over $34,000 from the sales of Humble Bundles, which are collections of video games sold with a portion of the price going towards charity. Super cool! Not to mention we had over 200 new donors support us on #GiveOutDay (August 2), the national day of giving for the LGBT community. What an incredible show of love and support! Thank you.

MÉXICO: Our affiliate in México, IT GETS BETTER MÉXICO, did a lot for LGBTQ youth this past month!

This is what they accomplished:

  • Participated in Campus Party Jalisco, a tech super event that gathers companies and entrepreneurs in the digital world.
  • Held a conference on how to create safe spaces for the LGBT Community at work and on social media.
  • Collaborated with influencer and trans activist Ophelia Pastrana.
  • Joined Movimiento por la Igualdad ("Equality Movement"), a national coalition of LGBT Non-Profits that seek to make things better for the LGBT community.
  • Participated at the Pride event that Google organized in Mexico City.

But that isn't all: they also teamed up with Servicio de Agencia to make a special video (below) to share the It Gets Better mission. Wow! What amazing work! Keep up the great work!

SPAIN & GREECE: The International LGBT Association (ILGA) Europe recently held its annual conference in Nicosia, Cyprus

SPAIN & GREECE: The International LGBT Association (ILGA) Europe recently held its annual conference in Nicosia, Cyprus, and some of our friends from Spain and Greece were in attendance. One of these attendees was Judith Velasco, a recipient of an It Gets Better scholarship offered to help those volunteering with our many affiliates around the world access high quality training experience. She'll be putting together a re-cap video of the conference soon together with some of the other attendees, so keep an eye out for that.

Actress Brianna Hildebrand shares her IT GETS BETTER VIDEO

GLOBAL: October was a busy month for us in the states and across the globe. On October 11th we celebrated National Coming Out Day, a holiday to validate the tough but liberating process of coming out for LGBTQ people. Brianna Hildebrand, the recent star of our partner film First Girl I Loved, as well as the superhero blockbuster flick Deadpool, was among our many supporters who shared their coming out stories online. Watch her share her amazing story below.

FIRST GIRL I LOVED Trailer (2016)

Earlier this year the It Gets Better Project TEAMED UP with First Girl I Loved, a film about two teenage girls wrestling with their sexuality at a Los Angeles high school. It originally premierd at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and won the Audience Award for "Best of Next." In August, the film released its first international trailer online, and it has left us agog! It's a must see.

ILGA Word Conference 2016

CHILE/GREECE: Last month, hundreds of advocates gathered at the annual world conference of the International LGBTI Association's (ILGA) with a united goal to improve the wellbeing of LGBTQ people everywhere. We had three representatives there on behalf of the IT GETS BETTER PROJECT, IT GETS BETTER GREECE, and TODO MEJORA (Chile). They learned a lot while at the conference, and connected with some incredible leaders. Thanks to their experience, we feel more equipped than ever to inspire and empower young people like you!

Thank you for all of your donations!

November was a month to remember here at the It Gets Better Project, thanks in large part to all of the contributions made to our organization on #GivingTuesday. We blew past our $10,000 goal for the month, and we are well on our way to reaching our year-end goal of $100,000. Thank you to all of you who have supported us!

Celebrating New Global Affiliates

Part of making the next five years even better is making sure that our impact continues to spread to new areas around the world. This year, we added 3 new affiliates to our network (Ecuador, Greece, and Colombia), and representatives from the Project participated in over half a dozen international LGBT conferences across Europe and in Israel and Mexico. We look forward to making those numbers grow in 2016!

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