Several LGBT students of Melbourne’s Monash University are the latest to share personal stories of dark times in their lives and how they overcame them in a life-affirming It Gets Better video.
It’s among one of the most intense we’ve seen from the global campaign, touching on queerphobia, verbal abuse, family violence, self-infliction and suicide.
“Monash University students, staff and alumni have come together to share an important message of hope, encouragement and empowerment for queer youth at risk of suicide and self-infliction,” says the University.
“We at Monash hope to one day erase youth suicide and this is our first step. We have said that it will get better. Now we will make it so.”
Like a young man in the video says: “Whether you’re gay, lesbian, trans, intersex, intergendered, male, female, curious about life, having ups and downs, you should be happy to be you – and that’s something that a bully doesn’t understand.
“At the end of the day, you’re you, and anything they say to you is just one more thing that they don’t understand.”