The worldwide It Gets Better phenomenon now has an official Australian hub.
It Gets Better Australia had its first launch party in Perth at Connections Nightclub last Friday, the same day it launched its campaign website.
The Aussie It Gets Better website is an official affiliate and supported by the US project. It’s almost identical to its US parent, but includes relevant information for Australia, with funds raised benefiting Australian non-profits and community groups, including the 24-hour phone support service Lifeline.
Project Director Jamison Parker says he’s looking forward to seeing how the Australian community as a whole takes on this project. “The spirit of giving to those in need in Australia is strong and could quite possibly rival the size of the US project,” he says.
“The message of hope is a key contributing element of the campaign. With the LGBTIQ community at the core, the issue of bullying and ripple effects it has on a wider community are shown in every day life but are not dealt with how it should be.
“Bullying is not a right of passage for young people – it’s just wrong.”
Several well-known Australian faces have already gotten behind the campaign by recording videos, these include Queensland Premier Anna Bligh, Shane Jenek & Courtney Act, Triple J and their friends Missy Higgins, Bluejuice and Kevin Mitchell from Jebediah, actor Lynne McGranger, singer/songwriter Katie Underwood and comedian Joel Creasey.
See Australia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Kevin Rudd’s It Gets Better video below.
It Gets Better Australia already has an active Facebook and Twitter account and several launch parties are planned all around the country such as Gay Prom in Melbourne (VIC) on November 25th at DnM Bar & Nightclub, and CODE in Newcastle (NSW) on December 16th at the King St Hotel, with other launch events to be announced in the very near future.
Will you be making a video?