The it gets better tour is a life-changing community residency and performance program produced by the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus in collaboration with the It Gets Better Project and Speak Theater Arts.

The it gets better tour brings the experience and message of the online It Gets Better Project to communities and audiences by blending music, theater, and multimedia into a work for the stage. The cast brings to life real stories from gay, lesbian, transgender, and straight allies from around the country.

A dedicated ensemble travels to communities nationwide to produce a week of educational workshops culminating in a moving musical theater performance. They bring their mission to uplift, empower, and connect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth, for a week of outreach. They lead workshops in city and county government offices, schools, and other non-profits, developing community resources and connections. The week culminates in a main stage performance - equal parts wit, whimsy, empowerment and inspiration.


We need your stories!

We invite you to share your stories to help us update the show. The existing show - and some of your incredibly powerful stories - have been performed to audiences across the country in small towns and large cities. After five years, we decided it was time to add some new stories to this show - so we need your help again. We want to hear from any of you who have had unbelievable, dramatic, remarkable, or funny it gets better journeys. We are especially looking for all-gender and trans* stories and experiences from individuals with intersectional identities, and stories that involve music in unusual or magical ways. But everyone with an amazing story is welcome to submit! And maybe next year we will come to your town and perform your story. Watch the video here and please submit your story at the link below!!

it gets better tour preview for a performance at the Eccles Center Theater in Park City, UT.

OUR STORIES bring people aND COMMUNITIES together

We Help Empower and Celebrate LGBTQ Youth Across North America

The project’s core mission is reducing suicide among LGBTQ individuals, especially youth. Major objectives of the work also include strengthening individual resilience and personal agency among young people, especially those who face adversity for their queer identities. Every stop along the tour to large and small cities across North America attracts thousands of audience members to both the residency events and community performances.

The week-long residency consists of school programs, youth creative workshops, facilitated community dialogues, and talk-backs. The centerpiece of it gets better is a 95-minute professional performance of storytelling and songs that illustrate the experiences that LGBTQ people have with bullying, homophobia, and acceptance.

Cast of it gets better tour in 2018 performance.  Photo: James Geiger

Cast of it gets better tour in 2018 performance. Photo: James Geiger

WHAT’S NEXT

A new evolution of the work is being created to bring it up-to-date with current American sensibilities and awareness given reversals in LGBTQ+ policy and legislation related to the Pulse Nightclub shooting, the #MeToo movement, as well positive stories about progress made despite these challenges. The show’s attention to the matter of suicide and our week-long residency programming will also be updated to reflect stunning new research that shows suicide rates are growing.

it gets better  in performance 2018.  Photo: James Geiger

it gets better in performance 2018. Photo: James Geiger

Each stop on the tour brings our residency work to high school- and college-aged youth, gay-straight alliances, and community members. Those groups may include clergy, health workers, civic leaders, law enforcement officers, and educators. Local newspaper, radio and TV coverage and appearances expand our reach. Major media exposure, such as an appearance on a transgender youth-themed episode of Dance Moms, bring the message of the project to hundreds of thousands of households across the world.

The it gets better tour expects to travel 8 to 10 weeks each year for the next five years and perform for a series of weekends in San Francisco.

PREVIOUS Tour Schedule

February 5–9, 2019 - Park City, Utah, including outreach to the communities of Salt Lake City, Provo, and Ogden


FROM THE Writer and Director Liesel Reinhart

“At its core, the it gets better tour is a message about change. Therefore, it’s no surprise that our show is always evolving to capture new stories and respond to changes in the world around us. Some of my favorite stories in the show are those we collected on our travels around the country. You’ll actually meet people we met on the road through the production whose experiences are now a part of the fabric of the performance itself. We also have a few surprises in store—as well as some show-stopping musical numbers from our talented cast.“

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READY TO BRING IT GETS BETTER TO YOUR COMMUNITY?

Please contact SFGMC at 415-865-3650 for booking information.

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