The film also demonstrates how friends and community members are helping the members of Check It to create a future beyond the gang and streets -- and how these young people are finding their own will to survive and thrive.
"I'm here on this earth to survive, to prove people wrong, to let people know I'm the person I'm going to be," said Star, a transgender subject of the documentary, in the It Gets Better video. "Never doubt yourself," she told other young people. "Don't give up."
Check It is now available on LouisCK.net. Hear Star's story below, and watch the rest of the It Gets Better videos on YouTube.