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“It Gets Better” Tour offers support for LGBTQ youths with Kimmel Center residency

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STORY WRITTN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN 
bbingaman@thereporteronline.com
@brianbingaman on Twitter

Try searching “It Gets Better” on YouTube or Vimeo.
Pennsylvania politicians, the singer Ke$ha, and even President Obama, have appeared in the more than 50,000 public service announcement videos with encouraging messages for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered or sexuality-questioning youths that they can overcome being harassed and bullied at school or in the community, and go on to thrive, while remaining true to themselves.
Started on YouTube in 2010, it also spawned a book, “It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living.”
From Nov. 4-8, the It Gets Better project gets local and more personal with a week-long residency at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, featuring a series of free events and a Nov. 8 multimedia performance in the Perelman Theater.

"It Gets Better" at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov  8 at the Perelman Theater. Photo courtesy of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

“It Gets Better” at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov 8
at the Perelman Theater.
Photo courtesy of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

There’s an It Gets Better concert?
Augmenting a touring company that includes Jason Currie, Tyler Houston, Tod Macofsky, Mario Mosley, Sacha Sacket and Joshua Skidmore, will be more than 125 performers from the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus, Sister Cities, Voices of Pride, Rainbow Chorale of Delaware, and the Anna Crusis Philadelphia Woman’s Choir. It gets underway at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. One of its songs, “You Have More Friends Than You Know,” was performed last year by the cast of “Glee.”
Do I need tickets?
They’re $21. Go to www.kimmelcenter.org/itgetsbetter or call (215) 893-1999.
Refresh my memory where the Kimmel Center is.
300 S. Broad St. at Spruce Street, Philadelphia.
How can I learn more about “It Gets Better?”
Start with www.itgetsbetter.org, and check out their Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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