Central Ohio has two authorless (sorry but, no, Dan Savage won’t be coming to Columbus, are you surprised?) book events surrounding the new book It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying and Creating a Life Worth Living. (Which just hit No. 16 on the the New York Times Nonfiction Bestseller List!)
Now that It Gets Better is here, what do we do about anti-gay bullying now? That and many other questions surrounding the book and anti-gay bullying will be discussed at the Make It Better Book Release Celebration and Community Discussion at Stonewall Columbus (1160 N. High Street, Columbus) 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 14. This is event is for LGBTQA youth, their educators and leaders of support groups around Columbus geared toward LGBTQ youth. There will be a discussion about how we can start making it better for Columbus’ LGBTQ youth today and video equipment set up for patrons to make their own It Gets Better videos for ItGetsBetter.org. The event is being sponsored by Kaleidoscope Youth Center, Stonewall Columbus and Wexner Center for the Arts.
ACT OUT Delaware and Beehive Books is hosting an It Gets Better Book Release Celebrations as well, to which anyone is invited. The event is Wednesday, April 20, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Beehive (25 N. Sandusky Street, Delaware) and will feature an It Gets Better Panel Discussion. Members of ACT OUT Delaware will be sharing their own It Gets Better stories and will open the floor so patrons can do the same. There will also be light snacks provided.
I’ll of course be at each event fielding any questions people might have about the It Gets Better Project and signing books. If you’re an LGBTQ youth or educator in the Central Ohio area, come join us April 14! And if you’re simply someone in Central Ohio who supports the end to anti-gay bullying come join us in Delaware April 20, the more the merrier!
Lastly, below are couple of Columbus’ contributions to the It Gets Better Project. The first is from the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus who recently paired with the Columbus Children’s Chorus to sing a song (Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful”) specifically for the project, he second is by the employees at the Wexner Center for the Arts and the last is my It Gets Better video, in case you haven’t seen it yet. (If you made an It Gets Better video share it in the comments below!)