Gay and lesbian RCMP create ‘It Gets Better’ video

Gay and lesbian members of the B.C. RCMP are making their voices heard by releasing an “It Gets Better” video to talk about their experiences, and to tell gay youth that things get easier in adulthood.

In a video that is often touching, officers and RCMP civilian staff members recount their childhoods, when they knew they were gay, and the process of coming out to their parents.

The video was spearheaded by members of the Surrey RCMP Youth Unit.

The It Gets Better Project started in 2010 when sex columnist Dan Savage created a video with his partner, Terry Miller, after a series of high-profile suicides among gay teens who had been bullied. Since then, more than 50,000 people have uploaded their own videos to Youtube, telling teens that things get better after high school.

In Canada, prominent people who have participated in the It Gets Better campaign include Conservative MPs and staffers, comedian Rick Mercer, designer Tommy Smythe and ballet dancer Rex Harrington.




Browse

Gay and lesbian RCMP create ‘It Gets Better’ video

  1. Gays and lesbians must be accepted as a normal part of Canadian and global society. They must be allowed to marry one another and adopt children if they choose to. The government should not impose limits on willing adults who want the exact same rights as heterosexual couples. We need all the willing caretakers of children that we can get, and gays and lesbians have proven that they are just as good or superior to heterosexual parents.

  2. You are all strong people! Well done.

  3. As a straight man who knows gay people, I can say “it just gets WORSE.” Sure, as an adult, people won’t bully you for being gay…but you’ll discover ten times as many worries and stressors that you never saw coming–social, financial, health, etc. Both you and the bully who picked on you will discover the joys of mortgages, legal woes, layoffs, parents in deteriorating health, and your own gradual decreptitude. As stressful as gay, or straight teens think their lives are, adulthood is much harsher. I’m not sure that telling kids, whatever their orientation, that things will ‘get better’ is a good idea. Kids are in for a rude shock, if they think adulthood means smooth sailing. Gay and straight kids alike need to learn skills to toughen up.

Sign in to comment.