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B.C.’s It Gets Better video and we are part of it!
Posted by Mandy Randhawa on November 18, 2011
The Representative for Children and Youth is an Independent Officer of the Legislature, who champions the fundamental rights of vulnerable children and youth, and promotes improvements in services to them. The Representative has offices in Burnaby, Victoria and Prince George.
In recognition of National Child Day, B.C.’s Representative of Children and Youth today released a video in support of the It Gets Better project, aimed at inspiring B.C. lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth to focus on a positive future ahead.
“This video is meant to spark a dialogue that can help give strength and encouragement to LGBT youth,” said Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, B.C.’s Representative for Children and Youth. “Bullying and homophobia can deeply hurt those who need our support, and can destroy families, communities and lives. We need to help them find their voice and to reach out to those who respect and support them.”
We are so honoured to have had this amazing opportunity along side Vancouver Centre MP Dr. Hedy Fry, Vancouver-West End MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert, activist Ryan Clayton and the entire cast and crew of Mamma Mia. Check out the main video which includes all the amazing participants and four (Courage, Allies, Passion, Spirit) break-out videos for in-depth conversations.
Courage video : This includes some of my thoughts on cultural shame.
If you need help call the RepLine at 1-800-476-3933 from anywhere in B.C. to talk to an advocate.
If you need help right away or if you are in danger, call 310-1234 (you don’t need an area code) or dial 0 from any phone to call the operator and ask for the Children’s Helpline.
Keep up the great work RCYBC!