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Victoria University says NO to Homophobia

Victoria University's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter Dawkins, will launch the University's 'It Gets Better' YouTube video – 'VU says NO to Homophobia' on Wednesday 20 March 2013.

Media are invited to attend.

A small group of students and staff have participated in the making of the University's 'It Gets Better' video. They were willing to tell their own stories often regarding life experiences of discrimination and harassment and sent a clear message of hope to the University community and beyond – it can get better.

This video represents only a small component of a bigger GLBTIQ community of students and staff within the University who are reaching out to others who may feel lost, isolated, neglected and underrepresented – to tell them that things will always get better.

Many Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (GLBTIQ) people continue to experience forms of discrimination and harassment, such as regular bullying, torment, abuse and exclusion, leading them to feel like they have nowhere to turn. This is especially true for younger people of diverse sexuality and gender identity, who may often hide for fear of discrimination or harassment. In this case, without supportive adults or other mentors in their lives, young GLBTIQ people in particular can't imagine what their future may hold.

Victoria University wants to improve the level of visibility, raise awareness and improve understanding in both the workplace and the study environment regarding GLBTQI issues, and provide a workplace and study environment that is inclusive and respectful by promoting greater awareness and understanding of diverse sexuality and gender identity.

The It Gets Better Project™ began in the United States as a response to the number of students who committed suicide as a result of bullying and homophobia. It is now a global movement that has inspired more than 50,000 user-created videos viewed more than 50 million times.

When: Wednesday 20 March 2013 – 12 noon to 1pm

Where: P134, Footscray Park Campus

 

Media Contact:

Christine White

Public Affairs Unit, Victoria University

9919 4322; 0434 602884; media@vu.edu.au

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