Greetings Kickstarter Supporters:
We’re back from our extremely fulfilling Fall 2013 Tour with stops in Austin, Texas; Ogden, Utah; Whitewater, Wisconsin; and Oxford, Ohio. It’s great to be home for the holidays, but make no mistake: We can’t wait to head right back on the road for our Spring 2014 Tour with dates already booked in Houston (Jones Hall), Lincoln (Lied Center) and Milwaukee (Marcus Center for the Arts). Before we head out, take a look at why we’re so excited!
Fall Tour Highlights - Fall 2013 proved to be a thrilling and emotional season for the Tour. A few highlights from the road:
• Presenting at a juvenile detention facility in Ogden, UT. Sharing stories. Singing songs. A truly transformational and moving experience for everyone involved.
• Connecting advocates during our onstage Q&A in Ogden. Learning how the event formed the genesis of a hard-fought new Gay-Straight Alliance in Box Elder County, home of the highest rate of teen suicide in the state.
• Producing and debuting this touching Public Service Announcement (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQnKRqzSCIg) together with Diversity, the Gay-Straight Alliance at Talawanda High School in Oxford, OH.
• Oxford, OH declaring “It Gets Better Week” during our tour dates and presenting us with our official Proclamation from the Office of the Mayor!
• Singing the national anthem for 3000 die-hard fans at a televised Miami University hockey game!
Social Media - It’s true! We’ve overhauled and cultivated our Twitter presence, making huge gains in our numbers of followers. We’ve doubled our Facebook likes since our Fall 2013 Tour commenced.
Website - We continue to update our website with dynamic content. In early 2014, we’ll be completely re-launching our it gets better Tour website to accommodate our expanding growth and tour dates, provide a cleaner interface, and offer exciting new visuals from the road!
Testimonials – Here’s what people are saying about the it gets better Tour:
I want to let everyone who was involved in this school appearance know that it was an incredible opportunity that both staff and students enjoyed. One girl in particular has had some difficult times in school dealing with others who have been insulting her interests and personality. Your strong message of "It Gets Better" meant so much to her. She was starting to tear up by the end of the meeting, and had to quickly hide it, hoping that no one would see. I noticed and wanted to let you know of what it meant to her. Patrick C. (Jr. High Music Director - Ogden, UT)
I was "that kid"..…that one who got bullied for the sake of bullying someone. By the time I was a senior in high school I had attempted suicide 11 times. I still get picked on for unexplained reasons. Yesterday I was woken up to a brighter day. I realized for the first time that it does get better. For the first time in a long time I found a purpose for this life I'm living. So, you're reaching people. It's amazing and I hope you keep it going. UWW Student (anonymous - Whitewater, WI)
It really opened my eyes that everyone can get through whatever situation they are in. Kelsey H. (Student - Whitewater, WI)
I especially appreciated the conversation at the end in which they asked students about the amount of support the LGBT community receives in Oxford - it is that kind of thinking and reflection in which I hope our students engage through performance. Heidi M. (Miami University professor)
You can help us keep making it get better by continuing to support the it gets better Tour. Please click on the link below to make an end of year donation to the cause!