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Dan Savage’s “It Gets Better Project” To Receive Special Governors Award at the 2012 Creative Arts Emmys®

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Board of Governors has voted to bestow its prestigious Governors Award this year to Dan Savage’s “It Gets Better Project,” which was created in response to the rash of suicides of teenagers who were bullied because they were gay or because their peers suspected that they were gay,  in an nnouncement made by Television Academy Chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum.

“The It Gets Better Project is a great example of strategically, creatively and powerfully utilizing the media to educate and inspire,” said Rosenblum. “This is television moving well beyond the traditional physical set in the viewer’s living room to the intimacy of the monitor, laptop, tablet or mobile device and delivering the ideal mix of inspiration and creativity to affect awareness and, ultimately, change. The Academy is proud to celebrate the success the Project is already having on LGBT youth and, hopefully, to drive more visibility for this important cause.”

The “It Gets Better Project” has become a worldwide movement, inspiring more than 50,000 user-creating videos with messages of hope to bullied LGBT teens .  To date, the project has received submissions from celebrities, organizations, activists, politicians and media personalities, including President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Adam Lambert, Anne Hathaway, Colin Farrell, Matthew Morrison, Joe Jonas, Joel Madden, Ke$ha, Sarah Silverman, Tim Gunn, Ellen DeGeneres, Suze Orman, the staffs of The Gap, Google, Facebook, Pixar, the Broadway community, and many more.

The award will be presented to the “It Gets Better Project” co-founders Dan Savage and Terry Miller during the 2012 Creative Arts Emmy® Awards on Saturday, September 15th, at NOKIA Theatre.  The organization’s “It Gets Better” MTV special is also nominated this year for an Emmy® in the Outstanding Children’s Nonfiction, Reality or Reality-Competition Program category. The winner in this category will be announced at the same ceremony.

Great work Dan!

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Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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5 thoughts on “Dan Savage’s “It Gets Better Project” To Receive Special Governors Award at the 2012 Creative Arts Emmys®”

  1. Shame on anyone who gives this bully recognition. As someone who was bullied for years, I can understand being on the end of the bully stick. Savage is no better than any of the punks who bullied me and anyone who stands with him should be shamed. You cannot end bullying by bullying others. It is disgusting and only breeds hatred.

  2. Dan Savage has been slandering Rick Santorum for many years now. In addition, he has also sexually harassed him on a tv show, as well as extorted him to stop the slandering attacks, and also has been bullying him and other Christians… it is sick that Obama, Pelosi, Clinton, Google, Facebook and many others sponsor that sexual deviant, and support him, and enable him, instead of putting that wicked piece of poop in jail. That sick individual and all who support and sponsor him and his sexual and verbal attacks on the youth of America to purposefully make them like him (homosexual and a hater of anything decent), will awaken one day in a fiery hell which they will never escape, if they do not repent of their sins and have God’s mercy, love and forgiveness reach them through Jesus Christ.

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