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Monday, September 17, 2012

The It Gets Better Project Wins the Emmys' Governors Award!

Posted by David Schmader on Mon, Sep 17, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Terry and Dan! And Dan in a motherfucking suit!
  • Terry and Dan! And Dan in a motherfucking suit!
Great news! From the NYT:

[T]he Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, presented its Governors Award to the It Gets Better Project, an online video movement to support gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth.

And from the Hollywood Reporter:

Dan Savage and husband Terry Miller received a standing ovation Saturday when they were presented with the Governors Award at the Creative Arts Emmys. The men were honored for their work on the “It Gets Better Project,” an anti-bullying campaign and video series that has earned submissions from stars and international figures including President Obama....Savage told reporters afterwards that he became emotional when seeing the crowd’s warm response. “The award is not for us. It’s for the project,” Savage said. “I think it’s a moment in our culture when it's broken through to the world that LGBT children were suffering and dying. The award means that the culture is reconciling itself to the needs of LGBT kids, who grow up in straight families and are often bullied by their own families. “To get a standing ovation from that crowd was flabbergasting ... I actually teared up and then I couldn’t see to read the teleprompter and I had to wing it.”

Congratulations, Dan and Terry! So awesome.

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