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Watch: Broadway Stars Sing 'It Gets Better'

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A host of young Broadway stars came together to record a song in the hopes of calling further attention to the problem of suicide among LGBT youth. The song, written by composer and lyricists Jay Kuo and Blair Shepard, embraces the theme of "It Gets Better" and will be available for download via iTunes on October 19th. Proceeds will benefit a terrific cause - The Trevor Project. What's just as good is that is the fact that the song is actually catchy.

Watch and listen yourself, AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. Broadway cares. (But where was all the belting?)

    Posted by: Matt26 | Oct 17, 2010 2:14:30 PM


  2. I've thought for years that this is a message we've not been delivering to our youth. I'm so glad it's everywhere now and has it's own song. This song is so like it's message, 'it gets better'. :)

    Posted by: moike | Oct 17, 2010 2:19:46 PM


  3. Great song.

    Needs more cowbell.

    Posted by: jimskater | Oct 17, 2010 2:28:25 PM


  4. Can't wait for the Glee version. :D

    Posted by: George | Oct 17, 2010 3:30:47 PM


  5. I'm more interested in the lyrics than the musical hooks. Does the song send a message that anti-Gay bulling stops? If it does, then it lies to LGBT kids. The bullying doesn't stop, it just takes a different form. And for the more perceptibly Transgendered among us, it stays pretty much the same.

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | Oct 17, 2010 4:00:50 PM


  6. @STUFFED ANIMAL,
    what are you stuffed with? self interest? i don't get people like you. the message is simple: don't off yourself. people love you.

    don't muddy the waters. don't create a turbid flow where clarity is the answer. your objective is clear: self-promotion.

    Posted by: nic | Oct 17, 2010 4:32:32 PM


  7. The Broadway community really is amazing. They are constantly doing things like this. From Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and all of their events, to Broadway Impact, they always try to come up with creative ways to make the world a better place. Don't love the song, but I'll download it so I can donate a bit of money to Trevor Project and support them.

    @Stuffed Animal: It absolutely does get better. Maybe not for you, but for the vast majority of us. I can't speak from a transgender point of view on the subject, and I would imagine you are right, it definitely seems harder to be trans than gay, but you're being very negative. Where do you get off... these people put in time and effort to help others, and you're gonna criticize. Maybe if people are still being rude to you it has more to do with your misanthropic attitude than your gender identity or sexuality. Does homophobia still exist after high school? Sure. Do hate crimes happen? Unfortunately. But the instances become far fewer, and you are able to take yourself out of the situation in most cases, and find someplace you're comfortable.

    Posted by: Jon B | Oct 17, 2010 4:38:17 PM


  8. I've been posting some of this stuff on my facebook page and somewhat fearing I'd become a one note poster. Then I get a reply from a woman I knew in high school to call her. She has a 14 year old who is gay and tried to commit suicide this week.

    She hadn't hears of the trevor project or pflag or her local gay youth org. I told her to reassure her son that no matter what his father or anyone else might say, she is his safe harbor. It sounded like she had a good plan for ehen he gets out of the psych hospital tomorrow

    This is so real and also a little different from when I cane out. No one was outvin my high school and barely college. This kid is 14. Also I've come to realize that the general population's view on gay issues is minimal which doesn't help. We are all needed now as much as when AIDS first hit.

    Posted by: Scott | Oct 17, 2010 5:09:08 PM


  9. BRAVO...Broadway Cares and Broadway Impact (fighting for Marriage Equality) are amazing...
    GREAT for these guys and if I hope they raise some money to help the Trevor Project and put a dent in all the CASH Holy Mother Catholic Church and the MORMONS are spending on killing anti bullying laws and education throughout OUR AMERICA.

    Posted by: mcNnyc | Oct 17, 2010 6:02:48 PM


  10. As they said in the 60s, if you aren't part of the solution, then you're part of the problem. There's no question on which side of the divide these folks fall on. The Broadway community is so often dismissed for the presumed shallowness of the lives they lead, yet this is part of the body of evidence that shows them to be among the role models our communitie[s] need so desperately. It won't solve the ills of the world by itself, but it is a step in the right direction.

    Posted by: Mark | Oct 17, 2010 7:00:21 PM


  11. Yeah but the OVERT gay world and its images and messages are NOT helping our young gays. Now keep reading because this is true for straight people as well but there seems to more offered to the straight brethren.

    We are not seen having calm and boring lives; the gay community uses itself for sexual purposes and other carnal activities..the active and continual coverage of leather events by ALL gay media outlets is a bit much....NO this is not entirely true but these are the predominant images a young or old gay person has to face.

    It does get better with internal strength and definition of self-awareness to bring about true character not a stereotype of what it is to be gay. YES, you will face cruelty but do not isolate yourself, friends are friends whether gay, straight, black, white, Eskimo etc confide in them and do not give up on your family MANY gays have GREAT OUTSTANDING LOVING RELATIONSHIPS with Mother and Father alike.

    If you care like Dan Savage and others who are lending their voices to youTube (which is AWESOME because it can reach far and wide) log some face time with gay youth and older gays.

    Show a younger generation that you are not just a gay person but a WHOLE gay person. I volunteer and run a gay youth group at a local high school, it is worthwhile and enlightening!

    Posted by: True Words | Oct 17, 2010 7:16:58 PM


  12. Thanks for these comments! Jay Kuo, one of the co-writers of the song.

    We really are just trying to save lives and inspire hope. Please help by spreading the word, and let's raise some much needed attention and funds for The Trevor Project!

    Posted by: Jay Kuo | Oct 17, 2010 8:03:56 PM


  13. SCOTT YOU MADE ME CRY!!TELL THAT 14 YR OLD HE IS NOT ALONE!!!IT WILLLLLLLLL GET BETTER,I NEVER THOUGHT IT WOULD FOR ME I PUNISHED MY SELF AND MY LIFE FOR YEARS AND NOW WITH THE PEOPLE IVE MET IM A DIFFERENT PERSON,THERE WILL ALWAYS BE HATE BUT TIME WILL SHOW YOU THERE IS ALSO A SANCTUARY OUT THERE AND PEOPLE WHO WILLLLLL LOVE YOU,THEY WILL BE GAY FOLKS AND STRAIGHT FOLKS,PEOPLE WILL SURPRISE YOU!!YOU WILL FIND SOMETHING TO HOLD YOUR HEAD UP 4(forgive the caps lol)

    Posted by: sal |

    Posted by: sal | Oct 17, 2010 10:05:01 PM


  14. True Words (a misnomer if ever there was one) what kind of self-loathing pathetic sort are you? What is this OVERT gay world and its images that upset you so much?

    I'm sorry you're working with gay youth. They have problems enough.

    Posted by: justiceontherocks | Oct 18, 2010 8:08:28 AM


  15. Can I say that "TRUE WORDS" sounds like one of those ex-gay ministers who may just be trolling to add confusion to anyone who may read some of these posts.
    Notice Mother and Father reference....whole gay person???
    And it's usually when someone comes out as LGBT that a young person knows they are whole I too wonder and worry about who this person is and what high school they are working at.

    Posted by: mcNnyc | Oct 18, 2010 10:29:53 AM


  16. i kinda get true words..i think...i have to admit some of the overt sexual stuff can be hmm how do i say...interesting but BUT that is personal taste,there are some gays who like that and that's ok i dont think he should rip them for their taste but i have to agree we need a variety of gay faces and not one,show in a way we are not club people 24/7 we are as diverse as anyone can be.to true words you may be a wholesome gay guy or girl and that's cool but at the end of the day you are in the same shoe as the leather bears and campy queens,you ARE gay and the people who bully will pick on you just for that fact.dont blame the victims,being who "you be" is not the issue its the folks who think you are beneath them for whatever reason

    Posted by: sal | Oct 18, 2010 11:32:53 PM


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