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Jen Grygiel’s self-titled EP benefits the “It Gets Better Project”

Jen Grygiel, a queer independent artist and social activist will be preforming with The Lovers (A local Portland band) at the Big Picture Media’s 3rd Annual CMJ Showcase in New York, NY October 21rst at Sullivan Hall. Grygeil is known for various bands such as Yes, Sir and Me and Joan Collins. She also co-founded the organization, “No Gay Left Behind” which encourages gay-straight alliances in high schools. Her current self-titled EP, “Grygiel”,  benefits the “It Gets Better Project”, which focuses on the bullying and tormenting of the LGBTQ youth. The “It Gets Better Project” is spreading the message that life is worth living and it does get better. It is important for us to remember names like, Justin Aaberg, Billy Lucas, Cody Barker, Asher Brown, Seth Walsh, Raymond Chase and Tyler Clementi-These 9 young men committed suicide as a result of homophobia and bullying.

Jen Grygiel

In late 2010, well-known gay columnist and author, Dan Savage posted a video on YouTube to inspire hope for youth who are being tormented. Nearly a year later, the “It Gets Better Project” became known all over the world. More than 25,000 user videos were posted, with over a million hits each. The project has received submissions ranging from celebrities like Colin Farrell and Ann Hathaway to Hilary Clinton and even President Obama. The “It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living” book was released back in March 2011 and is currently available wherever books are sold. The book includes over 100 contributors, including parents, educators, politicians, religious leaders and celebrities. All proceeds from the book will be donated to LGBTQ youth charities.

So, Portlanders it’s time to get involved! Make your own “It Gets Better” video and make a pledge today!  Want to keep up with Jen’s recent work? Follow her on Twitter! You can also purchase  her EP, Grygiel at Newbury Comics.

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