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INTRODUCING AEO + IT GETS BETTER

Over the last seven years, the It Gets Better Project has successfully leveraged the influential power of media to uplift and empower LGBTQ youth around the world. From an unprecedented social media campaign to a best-selling book to award-winning television programming, we are always seeking new ways to get our message of hope into the hearts and minds of those who need it most.


We have witnessed tremendous progress on a global scale toward greater acceptance for LGBTQ people. Yet, today, our youth are bombarded with threats to their civil liberties and, in some cases, their lives, because the communities they call home refuse to accept them. Our partnership with American Eagle Outfitters for the #WeAllCan campaign is the perfect collaboration to ensure that LGBTQ youth know they have the potential to achieve great things and to make a tangible and positive difference in the world. And, it provides an opportunity for those who love the American Eagle Outfitters brand to wear their support of a more inclusive world!

The social narrative is always changing. We know how to change that narrative, and the support of forward-thinking organizations, like American Eagle Outfitters, makes that change possible. Together, we will amplify our message of hope until every single person on this planet understands the intrinsic value we all possess as human beings. We owe it to our youth, we owe it to ourselves, and we owe it to the future of our society. Life can and will get better for LGBTQ youth — and for everyone else — when we start celebrating our differences and adopt a #WeAllCan attitude.

AEO is donating 100% of sales from our 2017 Pride Collection to It Gets Better. Because together, #WeAllCan make the world a brighter, better, more inclusive place for everyone!

Shop the Pride collection HERE

We want to know what Pride means to YOU. Share your story with #WeAllCan and you could be featured on our Pride Parade Float or Times Square billboard!

Painful feelings are, by their very nature, temporary. They will weaken over time as long as we don’t prolong or amplify them through resistance or avoidance. The only way to eventually free ourselves from debilitating pain, therefore, is to be with it as it is. The only way out is through.
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Kristin Neff, Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind

Shepard Fairey, Greater than Fear, 2017. Photo by Jessica He. Courtesy of Amplifier Foundation.

In time for the 2017 U.S. presidential inauguration, the Amplifier Foundation collaborated with artists Shepard Fairey, Jessica Sabogal, and Ernesto Yerena to place powerful symbols of hope and inclusivity in three American newspapers and distribute them for free online. 

Over two million copies of the artworks were distributed across all 50 states, appearing in the Women’s March on Washington and in marches around the world. “This rallying cry is just the beginning,” they said. “Let it be a reminder to us all to stay vigilant and mobilized.”

Learn more about this project — and other vital works of public art brought to life on Kickstarter — at kickstarter.art.

Ernesto Yerena, We the Resilient, 2017. Photo by Patricia Guerra. Courtesy of Amplifier Foundation.

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24 artists, 398,452 free graphics downloaded in 205 countries, 135,500 wheat-paste posters distributed, 109,260 stickers distributed.

Shepard Fairey, Jessica Sabogal, and Ernesto Yerena’s Kickstarter-funded artworks — created in partnership with the Amplifier Foundation — have been printed and shared by people all over the world. 

See for yourself with this interactive map — and download the work to share with your own community.

as we move forward and combat white nationalists and n.azis i just want to remind other white people that we should amplify black, jewish & other people of color’s voices but we should put our bodies physically between these racists and people of color. our voices should only be used to amplify and never to speak but we should be the first people in line to physically protect black activists, jewish activists, and other activists of color from racists and antisemites when we attend these rallies.

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i’m so very happy that someone reminded that this exists

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9x17 “Mother’s Little Helper”
Dean Getting Lost in the Emotions the Mark - or should we say Darkness - Amplifies

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TUMBLR IS ABOUT TO GET LOUD NOW 

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Season 1 Episode 1 - Racial Justice ft. Morgan Givens
A hub for all Excellent Broads and their allies.

Here it is. Our first SEB podcast. Heather got on a call with Morgan Givens and discussed the continuing threat white supremacy poses to people of color in the United States. If your skin is white, you are inherently gifted with privilege and safety in this country regardless of where you live, how much money is in your bank account, or how educated you are. Now that Donald Trump has taken office, the white community is up in arms over the potential “loss” of our rights or how his decisions are affecting us. To people of color, this is just business as usual.

Whether you want to accept the hard truth or not, if you’re white, you have racism living within you. It may not be sheet-wearing, lynching bias, but it’s no less dangerous. In fact, I’d offer that the nuanced racism of the liberal white left is even more dangerous because we’re in denial about it. We’ve for too long tried to talk over POC, explaining ourselves, defending ourselves, trying to prove that we’re not racist. As Morgan points out in our conversation, it’s time for white people to show up. We need to be listening when it’s POC discussing their experience, and speak when we need to amplify those voices within our own white ranks.

Please listen and when your internal white voice decides it wants to knee-jerk react and get on the defensive, ask yourself WHY.

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Jessica Chastain's Call to Action: Hollywood Has "Clear Disconnect Between How We Practice What We Preach"
The actress laid out the ways in which the industry can improve and champion those in powerless positions.

The actress laid out the ways in which the industry can improve and champion those in powerless positions.

At Elle Magazine’s Women In Entertainment event on Monday evening, actress Jessica Chastain took her turn at the podium as an opportunity to call out hypocrisy in Hollywood.

“This is an industry rife with racism, sexism and homophobia,” she said, speaking to a room full of women including Laura Dern, Riley Keough and Aaron Sorkin. “It is so closely woven into the fabric of the business that we have become snowblind to the glaring injustices happening everyday.”

She continued, “Oh we’re very quick to point the finger at others and address the issue with social action and fundraising. Yet there is a clear disconnect between how we practice what we preach in our industry.” Chastain pointed specifically to actors and actresses who have been told to stay closeted while the industry champions same-sex marriage, as well as the wage gap that exists between the sexes even as the industry itself supports equal pay legislation.

Additionally, Chastain addressed the issue of sexual harassment in the wake of the accusations mounting up against Harvey Weinstein: “We rally against the presidential candidate who slants a narrative of his sexual assault as mere locker room talk, but at the same time we ignore the stories and warnings of sexual predators in our offices.”

Like several of her female peers throughout the evening, including Jennifer Lawrence and Reese Witherspoon, Chastain also detailed some of the negative incidents she’s experienced as a woman in the entertainment industry, be it dealing with unprofessional male colleagues who show up to work intoxicated or a male producer who spanked her as she passed in the hallway.

“I was taught that the safest way to get work and to keep getting work was to make myself as little as possible, to never say something that could be taken the wrong way or offend the wrong person. So for too long, I didn’t say anything,” she added, echoing the sentiment expressed by Jennifer Lawrence. She also supported the notion put forth by Kathleen Kennedy to create a commission to protect women in Hollywood.

Now, she notes, is a time to stand by those who have used their voices to address the mistreatment in the industry. “I’m so inspired by the women who are far braver than I am, who have come forward with their stories, and risked everything to help others. What is important that the voices of these women do not disappear. We must amplify them.”

A Peoples Journey: Black Leisure Traditions

Photo:  Hot fun in the summertime, 1980, © Jamel Shabazz. 

Kicking off the summer with #APeoplesJourney to pools, BBQs and family reunions! From the late nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century, African Americans around the country sought leisure destinations where they could relax without the burden of racial oppression.

Photo: The Way of Life of the Northern Negro: Untitled Photograph of father and son at Lake Michigan 1946-1948, © Wayne F. Miller.

Photo: Outdoor Portrait of a Family Standing by a Picnic Table, H.C. Anderson.

Photo:  ©1955 Travelguide, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 

Join us this month, as we amplify and explore black leisure traditions in the United States. And all month long, share with us your memories of the summer with #APeoplesJourney!

Please message me (messages, not asks) if you see anti-American and white supremacist comments on my posts about Puerto Rico and Trump so that I can block those users from this blog and get that shit out of the notes. No malicious, pernicious distractions or drains on our attention and energy here where we need to be focusing on uniting good people and saving lives.

Necessary clarification: I mean “anti-American” as in the one I already saw saying people–in this case, Lin–should leave the country if they don’t “like” the president. That old classic. Racism was baked into our founding but that idea sure as shit wasn’t, to put it mildly. The exact opposite, and that ideal and practice has been upheld for generations by admirable Americans to whom we are deeply indebted. That user’s statement is anti-everything-good-we-actually-ever-explicitly-started-being-and-somewhat-upheld-and-advanced as a country, so I consider that anti-American af in the only worthwhile sense of the epithet–notwithstanding that it’s a perennial American conservative attack on American dissenters and progressives, etc., go figure. You’re not doing it on my blog content, motherfuckers.

tl;dr direct message me about racists and Trumpism in the notes on my posts so I can block those *censored* cause we don’t fucking need that shit when we gotta be amplifying PoC and fucking saving lives