It Gets Better Project Goes Back to School With TikTok

Meet the Queerbook Class of 2021.

Queerbook check! Are you on TikTok yet?

It Gets Better Project has partnered with the massively popular social media platform for its second annual back-to-school initiative: the Queerbook Class of 2021, a virtual yearbook-style showcase of LGBTQ activists, celebrities, and influencers with words of wisdom for today’s school-age queer youth. Talent in this year’s roster include Grey’s Anatomy star Jake Borelli, sketch comedian Meg Stalter, and The Craft actress Zoey Luna, among others.

Asked to share a “senior quote” he thinks teens returning to school need to hear right now, Borelli kept it short and sweet: “Keep trusting yourself. It does get better.” The 29-year-old actor famously came out to the world in 2018 alongside his Grey’s alter ego, Dr. Levi Schmitt.

The 2021 Queerbook also features a section honoring “teachers,” a.k.a. LGBTQ trailblazers. Some of the sage honorees? RuPaul’s Drag Race star Peppermint, writer-activist Jen Richards, and Ms. Foundation director of communications Raquel Willis.

TikTok and its thriving LGBTQ niches continue to make headlines around the web. As NewNowNext previously reported, at least two well-known actresses—Hairspray star Nikki Blonsky and Moana belter Auli’i Cravalho—used the platform to come out this year.

Meet the full Queerbook Class of ’21 in the video below.

Brooklyn-based writer and editor. Probably drinking iced coffee or getting tattooed.