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It Gets Better: Etsy Admin

Dec 21, 2010

by Morgan Evans

The It Gets Better Project, created by sex columnist and activist Dan Savage, is a video campaign response to the rash of gay teen suicides across the country. Comprised of many moving testimonials, the series was initiated as a way to reach out to isolated teens all over the world, spread words of solidarity and support, and pass on the message that life does get better. Etsy Admin, gay and straight, wanted to share stories of their teen years and let anyone who may be struggling with these issues know that you are not alone. We need you to stick around to make the next generation one of tolerance and support.

Read our recent Dare to be Different blog post about the It Gets Better Project and what the Queer Etsy Team is doing to show their support.


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  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 7 years ago

    This is something that really does need to be addressed! Great post!!!

  • SimplyInvitingCards

    SimplyInvitingCards said 7 years ago

    Thank you for bringing this to the forefront!

  • finethreadz

    finethreadz said 7 years ago

    Love this! Awareness is the key! Thank you.

  • Earleyimages

    Earleyimages said 7 years ago

    thanks for the info

  • JudiPaintedit

    JudiPaintedit said 7 years ago

    WOW... Bravo!!!! Im not gay, but my Father was. Being a teen in the 80's when AIDS first came out and having a gay father was just down right hard being in Jr. High. Kids are so cruel. I lost some friends and got in fights all to defend my Dad who was slowly dying. Extremely rough back then. Very happy that we have come a long way with acceptance and understanding. Thank you for this article!!!!! xoxoxo to who's idea it was!!

  • ecoblingcouture

    ecoblingcouture said 7 years ago

    Dan Savage LOVE LOVE LOVE HIM! This is wonderful and as MegansMenagerie says Yes it needs to be address!

  • choisette

    choisette said 7 years ago

    being different is hard.

  • kgeeme Admin

    kgeeme said 7 years ago


  • paperdesigner

    paperdesigner said 7 years ago

    Thank you for this article,thanks for your sharing.

  • NaturalPetProducts

    NaturalPetProducts said 7 years ago

    Great video & awareness, there is no such thing as normal. I always laugh when people talk about dysfunctional families. Well mine put the FUN in dysfunctional, lol. TY, great job!

  • acertainworld

    acertainworld said 7 years ago

    This is beautiful, guys - I love it. I was totally tearing up.

  • Blushie

    Blushie said 7 years ago

    This is wonderful! Thank you Etsy for standing up and addressing the issue!

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 7 years ago

    It's definitely getting better but it's such an embarrassingly slow process of acceptance. Bravo Dan Savage.

  • ommieohmy Admin

    ommieohmy said 7 years ago

    i got goosebumps watching this! thanks for heading this project, morgan and thanks to all who shared their stories!

  • JarosDesigns

    JarosDesigns said 7 years ago

    So awesome!

  • crystalworld

    crystalworld said 7 years ago

    Thank you Etsy for standing up and addressing the issue!

  • sproutonline

    sproutonline said 7 years ago

    Wonderful article.

  • mcfunley Admin

    mcfunley said 7 years ago

    Great work

  • VintageEye

    VintageEye said 7 years ago

    Yes! So glad to see Etsy address this most important issue!

  • PoleStar

    PoleStar said 7 years ago

    Love this and really love the stories behind the admin. It is amazing how these issues that fill your teenage years and threaten to swallow you whole turn out to be so small later in life, in looking at the grand scheme.

  • winenutnyc

    winenutnyc said 7 years ago

    Great piece. thank you.

  • FOYI

    FOYI said 7 years ago

    Though I'm not gay I have been bullied as a child and know how hurtful it is first hand. Thank you for this article, very touching.

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 7 years ago

    such an important topic to be open and understanding about.

  • anda Admin

    anda said 7 years ago

    Great job...I love you guys and I love this.

  • mudpuppy

    mudpuppy said 7 years ago

    So wonderful and important as vintageEye said. I am proud to be a part of such a great and loving community setting the standard for what it means to be human and successful in business and in life. Etsy and individuality rules.

  • RileyRants

    RileyRants said 7 years ago

    Nice to see this. Thanks for putting it out there.

  • mermaidclaire

    mermaidclaire said 7 years ago

    Great work, thank you!

  • catrocks

    catrocks said 7 years ago

    Lovely...really lovely. Thank you!!!

  • GreenGardenStamps

    GreenGardenStamps said 7 years ago

    Thank you, thank you, thank you Etsy!!!

  • BlkSheepProductions

    BlkSheepProductions said 7 years ago

    Thank you so much! Validation of pain and struggle is the only way we're gonna let go and get through to something better! (And like the campaign claims -- it DOES get better) Very impressed with the Etsy communities -- thank you.

  • islandglass1

    islandglass1 said 7 years ago

    Life will get better, it just takes time

  • RainyPenguinVintage

    RainyPenguinVintage said 7 years ago

    This is wonderful! Thanks so much for making this video!

  • slipstreamblue

    slipstreamblue said 7 years ago

    So proud to be a member of the Etsy community right now. Thank you!

  • projectmattnyc

    projectmattnyc said 7 years ago

    LOVE IT!

  • BenefitJewels

    BenefitJewels said 7 years ago

    Wow, this is such a great campaign about such an important issue. Glad to see people doing everything they can to help others and make the world a better place.

  • Faeriedtreasures

    Faeriedtreasures said 7 years ago

    That was fabulous. I think the more people make these videos and share their stories, the more kids and teens of all types who are being picked on for whatever reason, they're going to realize that if ALL THESE PEOPLE made it, then they can too. Thank you for making this video. I shared it with my little sisters, and I know both of them really needed to see and hear the message within it. :)

  • vintageandretroshoes

    vintageandretroshoes said 7 years ago


  • babybonesclothing

    babybonesclothing said 7 years ago

    An Aussie amongst the mix also! Woo! Great vid guys. I enjoyed watching. :-)

  • EnglishShop

    EnglishShop said 7 years ago

    Very moved! Great piece ...

  • PoshPads

    PoshPads said 7 years ago

    Beautifully said!!! People grow and learn and what a wonderful does get better. You will be stronger, kinder and wiser ~ {{Hugs}} to my Esty community!

  • nocarnations

    nocarnations said 7 years ago

    I love being a part of Etsy, this is what it is all about, the people, their creativity and reaching out to others. A great Holiday feeling...thanks for that!

  • earthmaven

    earthmaven said 7 years ago

    Well done! Add my voice to the really does get better. So very much better.

  • JonathonWayneDesign

    JonathonWayneDesign said 7 years ago

    Thanks for this ETSY.

  • elizabethwrenvintage

    elizabethwrenvintage said 7 years ago

    Thank you for sharing this with so many people- it is very important and we must spread the word to make things better!

  • marybeadz

    marybeadz said 7 years ago

    Wonderful thanks for putting this out there!

  • firewoodfurniture

    firewoodfurniture said 7 years ago

    Thank you so much for doing this video! It means so much. It made us cry and LOVE Etsy even more than we already do.Didn't know that was possible :) What a beautiful community here!

  • jewelrybynorth

    jewelrybynorth said 7 years ago

    Thank you Etsy for supporting It Gets Better!!! We are happy that our store is part of an organization of inclusion and acceptance...we have created a piece as a fund raiser for The Trevor Project and invite everyone to take a look - it is called "You Have The Right To Be Yourself" - $5 from the purchase of each piece will be donated.

  • tasticlife

    tasticlife said 7 years ago

    What a great message! Thanks Etsy!

  • LuttrellStudio

    LuttrellStudio said 7 years ago

    Awesome! I'm proud to be part of this great community! Sharing this right away!

  • RedorGrayArt

    RedorGrayArt said 7 years ago

    i think this is so powerful ...and the boat is so cool too!!

  • FiligreeCreations

    FiligreeCreations said 7 years ago

    Great theme addressed! Always when I see lots of those important themes coming up I feel how the world is changing towards something more peaceful, aware and friendly and I'm so glad about that!

  • needleyou

    needleyou said 7 years ago

    That was great. & it's so true; it does get better.....way better after H.S. Thank God!!!

  • Nikifashion

    Nikifashion said 7 years ago

    This is awesome!

  • SewnNatural

    SewnNatural said 7 years ago

    Fabulous work - thank you.

  • NotYourGrandmasAttic

    NotYourGrandmasAttic said 7 years ago

    How great and how true.

  • bluehourdesigns

    bluehourdesigns said 7 years ago

    I love that Etsy posted this. This issue just brings tears to my eyes every time. I have many gay friends and relatives whose experiences sound so similar to the stories my parents tell me of growing up Mexican American in the 50s and 60s. This is such an important message that includes everyone who does not fit the 'normal' mold.

  • AmericanGirlinEurope

    AmericanGirlinEurope said 7 years ago

    thanks ;-)

  • anee Admin

    anee said 7 years ago

    Thank you Morgan and all. I'm very proud of you. This is really amazing. And you know what? It DOES get better! :-) <3

  • ModernMode

    ModernMode said 7 years ago

    From the bottom of my heart, thank you Etsy! This is an issue I feel incredibly strongly about for a number of reasons. Each year is more amazing than the last, and I am incredibly proud to be far from normal and a part of a community which also embraces all the things which make us fascinating and rich. Thanks again, Etsy! :)

  • sherrytruitt

    sherrytruitt said 7 years ago

    You all just made my day. Peace for your journey, and thank you. xoSherry

  • KikiLaRu

    KikiLaRu said 7 years ago

    thank you for this.

  • anwallette

    anwallette said 7 years ago

    It's FANTASTIC that this is finally being addressed! This really hit home because I saw what my younger sister went through 4 years when she came out to the family as well as one of my best guy friends when he dealt with coming out in a very very conservative university. Thank you for posting this!

  • GeeZees

    GeeZees said 7 years ago

    It definitely does get better...thank you for posting proud to be a member of Etsy right now :) xoxo

  • ClaudiaLord

    ClaudiaLord said 7 years ago

    Very nice!

  • auntjanecan

    auntjanecan said 7 years ago

    This is a great article and I support gays and lesbians!

  • GlitzGlitter

    GlitzGlitter said 7 years ago

    That was wonderful! I'm proud of you, Etsy!

  • TinfenaStudio

    TinfenaStudio said 7 years ago

    etsy, if you remove the nasty post i am referring to, it makes no sense...

  • whatnomints

    whatnomints said 7 years ago

    Truly amazing video - Thanks so much for putting this together Etsy - I know it sounds cliche, but the things that make us quirky and individual is really what makes us beautiful :)

  • VeyCourtCottage

    VeyCourtCottage said 7 years ago

    Great story, so important for people to be able to discuss and not judge.

  • efratdeutsch

    efratdeutsch said 7 years ago

    I love this post and support the campaign. You all did a great job with this video!

  • TheDapperLlama

    TheDapperLlama said 7 years ago

    so proud to be an etsy seller/member. what a lovely community. <3

  • CositasSeriasVintage

    CositasSeriasVintage said 7 years ago


  • loosewire Admin

    loosewire said 7 years ago

    Thank you all! Wonderful and heart warming. :) It does get better. Somehow, with increasing age, embracing differences seems to increase wisdom.

  • UnadillaWoodworks

    UnadillaWoodworks said 7 years ago

    it does get better....

  • SiriusFun

    SiriusFun said 7 years ago

    How very nice of you to do this video and support such a worthy cause! Well done! The teen years are so very difficult for both gay and straight people that everyone needs to hear that the situations which are overwhelming then can be resolved successfully later in life!

  • FlanneryCrane

    FlanneryCrane said 7 years ago

    An excellent video! Thank you for sharing your experience and I am certain it will help many!

  • kristincoffin

    kristincoffin said 7 years ago

    PURPLE PETAL--how incredibly heartbreaking. Great example of intolerance. If anything, Etsy, I'm sure you'll GAIN many more members after this beautiful article. Thank you for joining in the campaign, and not being afraid to be vocal when so many other companies try to avoid uncomfortable topics. I am absolutely, 100% proud to be a member. Oh, and did I mention that I derive at least a quarter of my engagement ring sales from gay/lesbian couples? It's a beautiful thing. Thank you Etsy, and thank you to my creative, individual, and varied Etsy community!

  • SatinandBirch

    SatinandBirch said 7 years ago


  • watchergot

    watchergot said 7 years ago

    I'm straight, and don't understand homosexual attraction. As well, as a Bible student, there are a number of references strongly discouraging it. However, the pain some of you folks had to go through spoke to me as well. Sounds as if it can be a rough road. So I suppose to cut to the chase, gay or straight, the pursuit of happiness is a age old quest, and we all have to search for the true path with a honest heart and work. If thats the route you wish to go, although I disagree with your choice,(and perhaps you've adapted not to be bothered what I think), you still have my respect.

  • HulaGirl1922

    HulaGirl1922 said 7 years ago

    we live... we love.... we learn..... and we make this journey but once...let's make the best of it :) Best wishes to all ♥

  • Evajune

    Evajune said 7 years ago

    Amazing! We need more caring and compassionate people like you.

  • metalicious

    metalicious said 7 years ago

    So many beautiful stories from such beautiful human beings. Thank you Etsy for embracing everyone and encouraging us to be exactly who we are.

  • heysaylor

    heysaylor said 7 years ago

    Thank you for doing this!

  • TallyLocke

    TallyLocke said 7 years ago


  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 7 years ago

    go etsy. when i was much younger, a teen, a gorgeous creature with silver tinsel hair and big eyelashes befriended me on a visit to new york by myself. she (or he) gave me a walking tour of greenwich village and the history of gay rights that ended at stonewall and the story of the riots and the birth of gay rights. after that s/he took me to his favorite neighborhood haunts including some drag bars. they didn't bother with the i.d. i was never a homophobe, but i lived in ignorance and indifference before that. this person for whatever reason shared her/his world with me. her/his elucidation and compassion for my youth and ignorance changed me. small acts like that and big things like this etsy video create huge shifts. thank you.

  • bombshellstudios

    bombshellstudios said 7 years ago

    Touching video!

  • theeye

    theeye said 7 years ago

    *standing O*

  • strawberryluna

    strawberryluna said 7 years ago

    Thank you so much for bringing the It Gets Better Project to the forefront Etsy. Much love to all of our Etsy friends this holiday season and big bright wishes for a better world tomorrow, free of billying and bigotry. xoxo And Mclovebuddy, your story is so cool :) Like an angel.

  • thestapeliacompany

    thestapeliacompany said 7 years ago

    I'm glad to know I'm involved in a caring and loving community here at Etsy. Thank you. I love it here! :)

  • salvageshop

    salvageshop said 7 years ago


  • aburfield

    aburfield said 7 years ago

    Bravo! Thanks for sending such a great message. I is a great community here.

  • bernsweeney Admin

    bernsweeney said 7 years ago

    So incredibly proud to work at Etsy. Great job friends!

  • CanCreate

    CanCreate said 7 years ago

    Present day American is different now then when I was growing up, I to was an outcast, a loner. Spent my younger days memorizing books and movies, going to school and not wanting the shades to be pulled down in the classroom so that kids were blinded by the sun and couldn't look at me to tease me. being slammed into lockers or having your artwork spit upon in the cafeteria. that was my childhood, Now children and young adults have diversity clubs in schools being different is becoming more mainstream and suicides are far in few between because of the efforts of caring people that are now speaking out against cruelty to humanity. Thanks for posting ETSY

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 7 years ago

    This is wonderful! Thank you for posting this! I was bullied non-stop from day one of school (with it reaching it's worst in junior high) so I know all too well what it's like. It does get better. That is truly a message of hope.

  • loopyboopy

    loopyboopy said 7 years ago

    This is wonderful, makes me very proud to be part of the Etsy community indeed!

  • AmyCanSew

    AmyCanSew said 7 years ago

    This was beautiful! And so true! "Individuality is the currency" I love that! I am a Girl Scout leader and I try constantly to teach the girls to love themselves for who they are. It’s a tool every teen should have in their arsenal.

  • busterandboo

    busterandboo said 7 years ago

    It does get better. As I tell my teenage sons.

  • TCaponePhoto

    TCaponePhoto said 7 years ago

    This is so wonderful... it made me tear up. Thank you very much for posting this :)

  • queenofqueens

    queenofqueens said 7 years ago

    Hey hooray! Thank you etsy for having the courage and compassion to keep the spotlight on this issue. And thank you for your ongoing support of the Queer Team's efforts. Much love to you all and best wishes for the happiest of Holidays!

  • knitfitt

    knitfitt said 7 years ago

    Thank you for making this video. The people who spoke were just lovely. I was born in 1945 and the changes in my lifetime have been amazing. I am so happy to be alive now. One thing I appreciate so much about Etsy is the very human connection I can have with the makers and other sellers. Thank you.

  • arielle22

    arielle22 said 7 years ago


  • bananastrudel

    bananastrudel said 7 years ago

    Etsy, thank you kindly, for a simple yet powerful message.

  • luckylife

    luckylife said 7 years ago

    Such an amazing campaign and so happy to see the wonderful etsy team's video. Such brave souls, all of you, and happy to show my support in any way I can. xo Melissa

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing and bringing this message to us!

  • Emmamaha

    Emmamaha said 7 years ago

    This is good. Nice job!

  • Schmutzerland

    Schmutzerland said 7 years ago

    Etsy continues to bring me new forms of happiness everyday, this was so touching and wonderful. What a great powerful message.

  • enishmarati

    enishmarati said 7 years ago

    Dan Savage is an awful man, but the hope that his project and people like you inspire is priceless. It doesn't get better. WE get better as a society. It's not just about bullied kids sticking around- it's also about US making sure we all do our part to make the world they grow up in safer, better, and more accepting for those who aren't lucky enough to be in that environment already. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • saturndesigns

    saturndesigns said 7 years ago

    Thank you. Where was this message when I was growing up a million years ago. Thank you. Thank you.

  • duffybear

    duffybear said 7 years ago

    Another message I would add to the "It Gets Better" campaign is this: try not to conform just because it seems easier. Don't pretend you're straight if you're not. Don't go to law school because that's what your parents want you to do. You sacrifice your very heart and soul when you pretend to be someone you're not. To the best of your abilities, find out who you are and go with it.

  • JennTRC

    JennTRC said 7 years ago

    this is fantastic etsy admins!

  • WoodlandCottage

    WoodlandCottage said 7 years ago

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Hang in there, folks--the winds of change are blowing. Blowing strong. Hang tight. Hang tight. Hang tight.

  • localevintage

    localevintage said 7 years ago

    Besides having a store on Etsy, I also teach high school. Our school runs the It Gets Better Ads on the school news station. I really admire this movement and hope it does help teens. I have worked with teens that have struggled to stay strong when others judge them. Its a tough world out there for those kids. We have to set the best example and show them that acceptance of differences is the best way to be. If you know a teen that is facing problems from their peers based on their differences from them, let them know you are there for them and that you love them. It can make a big difference.

  • mygoodness

    mygoodness said 7 years ago

    it does get better, I've heard from my son.... but it's still gotta get a lot better when you are still a young guy, like 23. hope is hope is hope.

  • cmjolley

    cmjolley said 7 years ago


  • GaroniousPug

    GaroniousPug said 7 years ago


  • bayousalvage

    bayousalvage said 7 years ago

    it does get better- albeit sometimes two steps forward, one step back. plunge yourself into being creative. before you know it the world will change along with your attitude. cant believe DADT is being repealed- finally feel the world is turning a more accepting, welcoming,corner for all its people.

  • UneBelleVie

    UneBelleVie said 7 years ago

    This is a wonderful article/video... and actually just what I needed this evening. Being so different from everyone around you, as well as rejecting their expectations of you, is so difficult. I've always struggled with being "different," there always being something "wrong" with me so that I don't fit in with any group. I know, though, that someday these may be the very characteristics that help me achieve a better quality of life for myself and my family. Thank you so much!

  • PyesMom

    PyesMom said 7 years ago

    How can so many people hate so few ... and then blame it on their religion. Thank you, Etsy, for having common sense and courage. I'm glad to see comments here that have some, too.

  • SkyBox

    SkyBox said 7 years ago

    YESSSSS! Undying love for Etsy now. Freaking sweet, people. Thank you.

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart said 7 years ago

    Ditto the positive comments about etsy...bullying can happen even to an older person in the workplace...that's why I am thankful to etsy!

  • amarilo

    amarilo said 7 years ago

    Thank you etsy! This is such a creative and heartwarming way to address this! My brother was gay, and was always bullied, so he didn't come out until after college. When he did, my mom refused to accept it and it hurt him so much, but now three years later she's opening up. Change comes with time, but awareness articles like these really help people open their eyes! Thank you :)

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 7 years ago

    I agree bullying can happen at any stage of our lives and its good to make a stand!

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 7 years ago

    Lovely Etsy, thank you. Just thank you.

  • TrailerGypsy

    TrailerGypsy said 7 years ago


  • mariearnoux

    mariearnoux said 7 years ago

    "Ceux qui vivent ce sont ceux qui luttent" (Victor Hugo) "Those who are living are those who are fighting" (sorry for the english, but Bravo for the idea)

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 7 years ago

    This is wonderful! Thanks so much !

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 7 years ago

    Amazing ! Thank you Etsy for standing up and addressing the issue!

  • heidiadnum

    heidiadnum said 7 years ago

    Great to hear about this project. Thank you.

  • RedChair

    RedChair said 7 years ago

    Hooray, Etsy! Gay, straight, whatever -- life gets a million times better when you're out of your teenage years and you can be who you are. Thank you for making me even prouder to be part of this community!

  • AugustTwo

    AugustTwo said 7 years ago

    Bravo to Etsy for making and posting this video. This is what the Etsy community is all about... the support and inclusion of many different walks of life, all coming together in one big family of artists.

  • lilfishstudios

    lilfishstudios said 7 years ago

    Beautifully done. Acceptance, self or otherwise, is a universal theme and this is a terrific ode to that. Thank you for sharing it.

  • artlandish

    artlandish said 7 years ago

    RAISE THE PRAISE!!!! Etsy Admin. for addressing this issue - thank you SO much! It's our differences that make our world unique - ever see a bully stand alone? Uniques unite!!! We can turn the tide!!

  • DesiCloe

    DesiCloe said 7 years ago

    Great project! I'm happy to see Etsy bringing such an argument in the foreground. We all hope in a better tomorrow!

  • dharma8designs

    dharma8designs said 7 years ago

    I am so proud of etsy!

  • Alfonzi

    Alfonzi said 7 years ago

    I am so proud to work at Etsy and embrace difference and 'weirdness'and artistry and everything that comes with being a human being! Thanks to all who shared their stories to let teens know it does get better!

  • laralewis

    laralewis said 7 years ago

    Well done! This is an amazing video!

  • pansgrl

    pansgrl said 7 years ago

    Gay or Straight, who cares! The bullying has to stop, and we have to help bring this end about. I have friends who are gay, bi, and straight and all of them have been nullied at one point or another. We need to encourage people to be who they are and accept and love them despite differences.

  • happykathy

    happykathy said 7 years ago

    Wonderful! I have always said middle school is the worst place to send a kid to, if my children are having problems in middle school I will bring them home and let them learn in an environment free from bullying. Those years pass by and life gets so much better! Thank you to all those who shared their message!

  • JulieAnnLopez

    JulieAnnLopez said 7 years ago

    Thank you!

  • jjandedt

    jjandedt said 7 years ago

    Our Children are our Future... I am so glad this was addressed... Bullying in School is a major Problem, I have a 17 year old, that isn't gay, but Bi-Racial...

  • BizzieLizzie

    BizzieLizzie said 7 years ago

    Zero tolerance for bullying - of any nature!

  • enhabiten

    enhabiten said 7 years ago

    wonderful! thanks for doing this.

  • glasfaden

    glasfaden said 7 years ago

    If each of us does our tiny part to make it better, it does get better in the big world. I'm proud of you, Etsy! Thanks for sharing.

  • NottyPooch

    NottyPooch said 7 years ago

    This clip is so wonderful! And not to mention the cause behind. Am gonna share it on my fb!

  • prettypipers

    prettypipers said 7 years ago

    This made me cry! I hope that my little girl grows up in a world where differences are celebrated and I hope that she feels free to be whoever or whatever she wants to be without persecution. And as a proud military family, we celebrate the fact that DADT was repealed. A stain on this country has been lifted! and as I'm writing this President Obama has just signed the repeal! Whoo hoo!

  • KathysDesignsLLC

    KathysDesignsLLC said 7 years ago

    A great message for teens in just dealing with this point in time whether you are gay or not!

  • MadeMary

    MadeMary said 7 years ago

    Thank you! I hope this video and the other "It gets better" videos reach a huge audience, especially (as others have said) young people. Bravo!

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat said 7 years ago

    It's diversity & individuality that we're celebrating, not simply gayness. Being gay is one thing that can make people (esp. teens) feel like outcasts & we all have to do what we can to make sure that EVERYONE feels valued as part of our community, regardless of race, colour, religion or sexuality. The differences don't just make life more beautiful, they also make the mass of people you have to deal with a lot more interesting... so I practice tolerance as much for myself as for anyone else! :-)

  • hoakonhelga

    hoakonhelga said 7 years ago

    Truly beautiful. Thank-you for sharing :)

  • zelmarose

    zelmarose said 7 years ago

    As someone who works with teens, thank you! It is so very important for us adults to share our stories of self-discovery and perseverence of all kinds with younger folks. It is the proof that while life does't get easier, it does get better. And as we age we find ways to be grounded in our wonderful selves.

  • lalalandArt

    lalalandArt said 7 years ago

    Beautiful video! We are happy to see Etsy spread these kind of messages. We hope that 2011 will be more sensitive and open minded about these topics!

  • VelveteenHabbit

    VelveteenHabbit said 7 years ago

    Always grateful for the beautiful that artists can find in ALL people-race, gender, class, abilities---we are all people! And all beautiful!

  • purrpower

    purrpower said 7 years ago

    "If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome." Anne Bradstreet I welcome the spring of diversity

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 7 years ago

    I don't know who the last man who spoke is...but he said it all. Once we are adults...individuality IS the commodity. I used to sing the Beatles song to my son when he was in school: "It's getting better all the time." I love all the differences about Etsy. I've landed on the creativity planet with "my people". xo

  • bmjnyc

    bmjnyc said 7 years ago

    Kudos to Etsy and especially to the brave staff who spoke so openly. Thank you for leading by example, it inspires and reinforces that none of us are alone. How about a gay weddings section on Etsy?

  • HelenesDreams

    HelenesDreams said 7 years ago

    What a great post. Thank you for sharing. Wishing all of you much peace, happiness and joy. Striving to make this world better is all we can do. We are so lucky that we live in this time. Its not perfect..but if we focus on whats good and has gotten better. Like I always say "Dream a little dream and make it come true!"

  • transienttreasures

    transienttreasures said 7 years ago

    THANK YOU, Etsy for stepping up to the plate, sts. These two related quotes come to mind. "This above all: to thine own self be true..." William Shakespeare “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.†Eleanor Roosevelt Repeat mantra style, as needed, in defense against this judgmental world.

  • bloomerie

    bloomerie said 7 years ago

    "Individuality is the currency." {Love that!} May we all find the confidence to be our true selves, as well as the encouragement and confidence to allow others to be their true selves. Imagine the world we'd thrive in... Happy holidays to all!

  • Glamour365

    Glamour365 said 7 years ago

    Thank you for this!!! I have several gay friends who have been mistreated and completely disowned by their family and their community! They need our support more now than ever!!!

  • overthemeadow

    overthemeadow said 7 years ago

    Fantastic article. Thank you Etsy! Peace and love to all.

  • shabbyvintagemom

    shabbyvintagemom said 7 years ago

    Wonderful Post! It really does get better. Hopefully someone who needs to know that sees this video~ very inspiring :)

  • hopee

    hopee said 7 years ago

    I LOVE THIS! Thank you so much for this post and ones like it. So gonna share this :D

  • overthemeadow

    overthemeadow said 7 years ago

    "You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." ~Christopher Robin to Pooh

  • jadedgoats

    jadedgoats said 7 years ago

    I was deeply moved by your post for two reasons. First, my 16-year-old son, who was bullied and ostracized by his classmates, committed suicide almost twenty years ago. I miss him every day still, and wish my influence had somehow been enough to convince him to stick around for better days. Second, I was a middle school counselor for many years, and I worked diligently to change a culture that allows bullying and intolerance. I am happy to say none of my students committed suicide, and a few told me I saved their lives. We can each make a difference; thanks for speaking out.

  • jadedgoats

    jadedgoats said 7 years ago

    I was deeply moved by this post. Thank you for being part of the solution. I lost my 16-year-old son to suicide, and while that's been almost 20 years ago, I miss him every day and wish I could have helped him hold on for better days. In addition, my many years as a middle school counselor put me on the front lines of suicide prevention. More than once I heard "You saved my life" and those words kept me going after Jason's death. Thanks for raising awareness. Imagine a country without bullying!

  • hopee

    hopee said 7 years ago

    runs on over and HUGS jadedgoats

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 7 years ago

    High fives to Etsy~! Very inspiring post~ I'm so happy to be apart of this community. Thanks for having us.....

  • OhFaro

    OhFaro said 7 years ago

    Thank you, Etsy! I am always touched when you bring such issues to the community in an open and loving way. This is a great post and one I intend to share. We can only hope that hatred will come to an end and we will no longer have to say it will get better, it will just be. (((jadedgoats)))

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections said 7 years ago

    Inspiring. In a world where mass media exerts a strong influence on defining the norm and our culture (in school, life, work, etc), pursuing happiness in your own terms in noble indeed.

  • aynart

    aynart said 7 years ago

    Happy to see Etsy participating in the "It Gets Better Project" !!!

  • moop

    moop said 7 years ago

    yay! so glad to see Etsy's contribution to the incredibly powerful It Get's Better Project!!

  • ZakkaAroundTheWorld

    ZakkaAroundTheWorld said 7 years ago

    I love the IT GETS BETTER item ... so cute

  • JaniceCordeiro

    JaniceCordeiro said 7 years ago

    The changes are slow but they are coming. If we teach our children tolerance and the love of all human beings it will get better. I am proud to say I have 3 adult, totally non- prejudiced sons.

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 7 years ago

    i am glad to be exposed to a very important project. i am always glad to see etsy involved in efforts like this.

  • CheltenhamRoad

    CheltenhamRoad said 7 years ago

    That was just wonderful - thank you so much for doing that video and sharing it. And the comments on this page make me even happier. You are all to be commended. I'm loving being a part of this community.

  • greeniebeanrecycle

    greeniebeanrecycle said 7 years ago

    So beautiful. Thank you, Etsy!

  • minouette

    minouette said 7 years ago

    I'm glad to see Etsy taking part in this project. Kudos to you.

  • lucysnowephotography

    lucysnowephotography said 7 years ago

    Amazing....thanks for bringing this to the etsy community! :)

  • weirdwolf Admin

    weirdwolf said 7 years ago

    I'm so thrilled that we're a part of this important campaign. It does get better, thank goodness!

  • Vanessa Admin

    Vanessa said 7 years ago

    As someone who comes from a family where different relatives have very different beliefs, I've found it really strengthening to know that love and support can transcend religious differences. We know that we're not all the same and that's ok, as long as we treat each other with love and respect.

  • dailyportrait

    dailyportrait said 7 years ago

    Etsy, I'm proud of you. It is so good to see the video and read some of the hopeful comments here. Thank you.

  • swallowfield

    swallowfield said 7 years ago

    this made me cry in the best way. i loved it, thank you etsy!

  • SoniaHeartsHoops Admin

    SoniaHeartsHoops said 7 years ago

    It is such an honor to be a part of this community. I love working at Etsy :) Thank you Morgan for getting this off the ground! The video is awesome!

  • mihermanayyo

    mihermanayyo said 7 years ago

    Bravo Etsy!!

  • kenlittle

    kenlittle said 7 years ago

    wonderful post.

  • Prittyfy

    Prittyfy said 7 years ago

    Great article. Thank you.

  • OneClayBead

    OneClayBead said 7 years ago

    I love this movement and know that gay teens benefit from the support.

  • lovebean

    lovebean said 7 years ago

    thanks, etsy :)

  • CreativeMoves

    CreativeMoves said 7 years ago

    This is so very lovely! Thanks, etsy!

  • CreativeMoves

    CreativeMoves said 7 years ago

    So very lovely! Thank you for sharing your stories!

  • Waterrose

    Waterrose said 7 years ago

    The norm is no norm.....and who defines it anyway... Love hearing from each of you and your thoughts...

  • EarthGrrrlCrafts

    EarthGrrrlCrafts said 7 years ago

    Wow! What wonderul, heartfelt testimonials! Bravo Etsy!

  • susanwilliamsdesigns

    susanwilliamsdesigns said 7 years ago

    This is so awesome! Well done, etsy!

  • raininggiraffes

    raininggiraffes said 7 years ago

    i heart etsy!

  • rakshniyavintage

    rakshniyavintage said 7 years ago

    That's lovely, thank you Etsy admin for sharing your thoughts and stories :)

  • mosey

    mosey said 7 years ago



    YOURDAILYJEWELS said 7 years ago

    Thank you .

  • tatimaia

    tatimaia said 7 years ago

    That's awesome! I love selling on Etsy because I can be... me! Hugs a lot! o/

  • spiritcleanslate

    spiritcleanslate said 7 years ago

    Thank you for this post and all you do

  • BootsNGus

    BootsNGus said 7 years ago

    As many have said, Thanks so much! B&G =^..^=

  • tinyearsjewelry

    tinyearsjewelry said 7 years ago

    very good video... should be played for each kid in HS before they start their day. Casey @ tin years

  • alexg0218

    alexg0218 said 7 years ago

    Beautiful :) Thank you!

  • sewbeau

    sewbeau said 7 years ago

    Wow, so awesome!! I love how the speakers spoke in a way in which, i think, almost everyone can relate to and understand. To me, that's what makes this video really remarkable! It really allows people from all walks of life feel empathy, and hopefully, acceptance.

  • susanbachtextiles

    susanbachtextiles said 7 years ago

    Thanks for doing that video. This is the message that all kids need to hear. I especially liked the last speaker's message - the traits that are made fun of in high school are the same traits that will be searched out and rewarded later.

  • TheMillineryShop

    TheMillineryShop said 7 years ago

    Glad to see that you are keeping this video is still here. Good job.

  • Artwolf

    Artwolf said 7 years ago

    Bullying of any kind,for any reason is very cruel. I was bullied at school as a 7yr old because I wore glasses,(1960's). Even one of the teachers was heard saying I couldnt be the angel in the nativity play because, angels don't wear glasses. That changed me as an innocent child, I refused to sing or go onto stage anymore till the day I left senior school. Nowadays thankfully, glasses, braces, being slightly different from the crowd is being accepted and embraced, long may it rule. Linda:)x

  • Witchey

    Witchey said 7 years ago

    i'm twelve and was thrown into the world of bullying last year upon entering sixth grade. i had no idea why people didn't accept me. why were they being so mean? they picked on me because i wasnt the exact prototype of normality. the exact person they wanted. they seemed to dislike me because i was good at school, because i was creative and different. all the things i had previously loved about me, they hated about me. it made me question my own self worth. luckily enough, i had my friends, especially the people from my school's writers club, who were in the exact situation as me. they loved me for who i am and still do. i realized the people who i was being judged by were just stupid, jocks scared of who they were and totally closed minded. i learned to love myself, and, as i did, other people did too. now i'm in seventh grade and have a load full of what i call my "beloved freak friends". sometimes, people still call me a freak and judge me because of my weight, intelligence, or love of cute emo boys. to them i just say, you need to know yourself before you judge someone else.

  • GoSho

    GoSho said 7 years ago

    There needs to be more love and definitely more acceptance in blogs and groups such as this one. The visual and performing arts have always been in the creative realm and therefore a constant in accepting people who "are not in the norm." Everyone needs to belong and feel important in what they do. I come from Massachusetts and we are still realing from the tragedy of the beautiful Pheobe Prince. She looks so much like an artist in her photos. To witchey, stay with your creativity. This year will pass; build friendships with people who are able to support you(one or two will do.) Continue to create, don't let jealous people crush your ideas, ego, or worse shove your creative juices into many dormant years.

  • ourchildrensearth

    ourchildrensearth said 7 years ago

    This is such a great way of getting the word out there that everyone should be treated with respect and dignity. Where I am from we have been working for a year to get anti-discrimination laws passed for the LBGT community in regards to housing and employment. We finally did it last week. What a great feeling that this will help protect some of my best friends and people that I do not even know.

  • Kawadar

    Kawadar said 7 years ago

    Better late than never, but this is a fabulous post. I hope more and more people (especially teenagers) can get a chance to see this. You've probably already saved some precious lives.

  • seafairiesjewelbox

    Marion from seafairiesjewelbox said 6 years ago

    I somehow missed this a year ago, but bravo!

  • VintageRoseShop

    Joanne Poore from ArtiqueBoutiqueShop said 6 years ago

    Great job! Nobody should ever be made to feel like a misfit or a freak for ANY reason. It's cruel. But cruelty and prejudice stem from ignorance and insensitivity, both of which can be overcome through education, through listening to peoples stories and sufferings. Compassion is the key, I believe. Please can we have less cruelty in our world. That would be my hope, my wish, and my prayer.

  • newhopebeading

    newhopebeading from newhopebeading said 6 years ago

    What a neat film.... so well done! Thanks for making this!!!!!! I think it is a great film for all to see, both gay and straight. As the mother of a teen I think it is hard for kids to understand that those teenage years end and there is a whole lifetime beyond that.... it is understandably hard for teens to see the forest for the trees. I was blessed as a child to have had my parents help me see that from a very young age and my husband and I have always tried to instill that on our kids. This idea of acceptance permeates most everything in my shop. You will see it in the "It's all good", "Blessed beyond words" , "Life is good" etc necklaces . And as a mother of a child with medical issues you will see it even in the simple acceptance sentiments of "It is what it is" necklace which is what I have always said to my daughter with regard to her Epilepsy but I have always marveled that it means something different for each person who wears it... and I am always so happy when they share with me their many story. Thank you Etsy admin for sharing your stories here with us today :) Caroline

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mr. Sal Phan, Bichon Frise from Mclovebuddy said 6 years ago

    it's really weird that etsy is so hypocritical across the board even though they have queers in their ranks. i'm not even gay and i get attacked by some of them. should i name you?


    NICOLE Dotto from DOTTO said 6 years ago

    etsy, this is lovely. well done.

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