As part of the normal experience of growing up, many teenagers feel significant stress, confusion, and self-doubt. These intense emotions can be overwhelming for anyone but are often that much more challenging for LGBT youth. Without the resources or support they need, too many will suffer the depression and self-hatred that lead to alcohol and drug abuse, unsafe sex, and suicidal thoughts.
The good news is that there are more sources of help to turn to today than ever before for struggling LGBT youth--both online and off. Learn about groups such as the Trevor Project, Empty Closets, PFLAG, and other organizations that are there to assist young LGBT people and their friends make positive choices. The It Gets Better Project grew from a single YouTube video into a worldwide movement with more than 50,000 user-created videos that have been viewed more than 50 million times. It does, indeed, get better. Each title in this series contains a foreword from the founder of the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), color photos throughout, and back matter including: an index and further reading lists for books and internet resources. Key Icons appear throughout the books in this series in an effort to encourage library readers to build knowledge, gain awareness, explore possibilities and expand their viewpoints through our content rich non-fiction books. Key Icons in this series are as follows: Words to Understand are shown at the front of each chapter with definitions. These words are set in boldfaced type in that chapter, so that readers are able to reference back to the definitions--building their vocabulary and enhancing their reading comprehension. Sidebars are highlighted graphics with content rich material within that allows readers to build knowledge and broaden their perspectives by weaving together additional information to provide realistic and holistic perspectives. Text-Dependent Questions are placed at the end of each chapter. They challenge the reader's comprehension of the chapter they have just read, while sending the reader back to the text for more careful attention to the evidence presented there. Research Projects are provided at the end of each chapter as well and provide readers with suggestions for projects that encourage deeper research and analysis. And a Series Glossary of Key Terms is included in the back matter containing terminology used throughout the series. Words found here broaden the reader's knowledge and understanding of terms used in this field."
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