As reports of bullying and suicide increase, research on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth must expand its focus from vulnerabilities to resilience development. The purpose of this inductive qualitative study was to explore resilience development in the accounts of LGBTQ adults by analyzing videos posted for the It Gets Better social media campaign (n = 21). Four major themes emerged: (1) leaving hostile social environments; (2) experiencing "coming out" in meaningful ways; (3) remembering the social environment; and (4) turning challenges into opportunities and strengths. These findings suggest that, despite the campaign's premise, life did not automatically get better for the LGBTQ participants. Rather, the findings offer a nuanced look at the pathways to resilience development. Implications for social work practice are discussed. Copyright Taylor & Francis.

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Keywords bisexual, Gay, It Gets Better project, lesbian, qualitative research, queer, resilience, transgender, video analysis
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Journal Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment
Asakura, K, & Craig, S.L. (Shelley L.). (2014). "It Gets Better".. but How? Exploring Resilience Development in the Accounts of LGBTQ Adults. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 24(3), 253–266. doi:10.1080/10911359.2013.808971