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It Gets Better Project kicks off digital Pride, launches mental health app

Want to help the young LGBTQ+ person in your life? Steer them to the It Gets Better Project app.

The It Gets Better Project has jumped into the Pride season in a big way. On June 1 they debuted “imi” (pronounced eye-me). Imi (pronounced eye-me), is a free, research-backed, mental health web app developed by Hopelab in partnership with the It Gets Better Project, CenterLink, and hundreds of LGBTQ+ youth. It’s a tool for LGBTQ+ teens, by LGBTQ+ teens and their allies.

imi seeks to help LGBTQ+ youth explore and affirm their identity and learn practical approaches to cope with sexual and gender minority stress in ways that are supportive, relevant, inclusive, and joyful. The app provides resources, activities, and stories of lived experiences from LGBTQ+ youth on important topics like stress, LGBTQ+ identity, internalized stigma, and gender identity and expression.

Screenshot of “imi” homepage

Several of the It Gets Better Project’s Youth Voices were among the hundreds of LGBTQ+ teens to test imi and offer feedback — you’ll even see some of their voices throughout the app.

Click here to explore imi or to share it with a special young queer person in your life.

Hot on the heels of the imi launch, It Gets Better followed up with an announcement that It Gets Better: A Digital Pride Experience will return for a third year, providing opportunities to celebrate all throughout the month of June!

Digital Pride will kick things off on Wednesday, June 8 at 3pm PT/6pm ET on IG LiveYouth Voice Hailey will host a chat about body positivity and acceptance in the LGBTQ+ space with body positivity warrior, motivational speaker, model, & activist Harnaam Kaur AND plus-size queer model Ady Del Valle

Then at 3:30 PM PST/ 6:30 EST there will be an all-new episode of their Vodcast, Perfectly Queer on Twitch. Hosts Tayler and Ever are kicking off Pride Month with one of the stars of the new Queer As Folk reboot, Armand Fields, plus running down the must-know LGBTQ+ headlines of the week!

Head to itgetsbetter.org to check out their full schedule of Digital Pride events so you don’t miss a moment. They also have a full slate of charity streams this month on Twitch, all of which benefit the It Gets Better Project. Check out this week’s schedule here to join in the fun and drop in a donation.

John Hernandez

John A. Hernandez is a staff writer for Queer Forty with a focus on entertainment. He is also a writer for Vacationer Magazine and a contributor to Bear World Magazine and Gayming Magazine. He has a special love for all things horror and Halloween. He currently resides with his husband in New York City.

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