Edinburgh’s Telford College is shining a light on homophobia and bullying today through the launch of a film from the LGBT society.
Featuring students and members of staff, the video focuses on personal experience, tackling hard-hitting issues such as suicide and self harm, while promoting acceptance and tolerance.
LGBT Youth Scotland is Scotland’s largest youth and community-based lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organisation and seeks to improve the health and wellbeing of LGBT youth and LGBT communities in Scotland. Their mission is to empower lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people and the wider LGBT community so that they are embraced as full members of the Scottish family at home, school and in every community.
The film titled “It gets better”, is part of a growing movement called the “It gets better project” which was founded by columnist and author Dan Savage in September 2010. In response to a number of students taking their own lives after being bullied in school, Savage and his partner Terry Miller wanted to create a personal way for supporters everywhere to inspire hope for young people facing harassment and to tell LGBT youth that, yes, it does indeed get better.
The “It Gets Better Project” was created to show young LGBT people the levels of happiness, potential, and positivity their lives will reach – if they can just get through their teen years.
Head of External Liaison at the college, Barbara Lawson, spoke of Telford’s delight at being involved in the project:
“Every day we open our doors to a diverse range of people so we thought it would be good to embrace this diversity. It’s important for us to treat everyone who studies at Edinburgh’s Telford College with equal respect whether that be people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
“Many people in the community don’t get the help they need, which is why we decided to create a hub where people can share their experiences and talk openly about the issues affecting them.”