You can’t always change the world.
You can’t open the eyes and heart of every bigot out there. You can’t make every LGBTQ kid feel loved and accepted and wanted and safe. You can’t see to it that every LGBTQ kid, all the world over, will be free to grow up and legally marry whoever the hell they fancy.
There’s no sparkly, proverbial magic wand that you can wave.
But sometimes, all you need to spark some magic, to spark some change, is a single book.
And to that end, the It Gets Better Project has come up with a fantastic idea:
Donate $25, and they send a copy of the It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living book to a school library of your choosing. (Or they can select a school for you, if you prefer!)
You can’t go out there and hug every one of these kids. You can’t look every one of them in the eye and tell them that you are proud to be looking them in the eye, that you are proud of them, that they deserve to be truly seen and wanted for who they are.
But you can tell them it gets better. You can show them that people out there do care.
And you can give them the kind of validation that only comes from picking a book up off the shelf and suddenly realising This book is relevant to me; this book is mine; I am holding my own life inside these pages because someone thought it important enough to write down.
You can give them hope in a tangible form. You can give them something to literally hold onto.
It’s only $25. It’s ‘only’ a book.
But the right book, in the right hands, really is maybe the closest thing to magic that this world has.
It does get better, and this is a damn good start.