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Bullying Sucks In Canada, Too. But It Gets Better

Though I hardly expect to see one of these out of Iran, maybe Bollywood could be next! Canada’s celebrities — including Rick Mercer, and George Smitherman — are joining the It Gets Better parade, releasing the above video on Tuesday during an LGBT Youthline fundraiser. It starts off a little dreary as everyone revisits their childhood torment, but ends with the same message as the others: there will come a time when none of that crap is of any significant. [via]

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  • hudson

    loved the video- would have loved even more though to see Rick Mercer do one of his ‘rants’.

    if there’s one criticism i can make, its that most of the speakers were in a narrow band of professions- known designers, tv personalities, writers- areas that are already quite accepting. it can also get better for the gay/ lesbian kid that wants to be a firefighter, cop, even farmer (yes they exist). these aren’t necessarily traditionally accepting professions or celebrity makers. But, they should be heard from as well. while my criticism speaks nothing to the acceptance of their lives outside of their chosen profession, what one decides to do with their lives career-wise, does constitute a large part of one’s identity later on.

  • Franky

    It’s amazing how your experience can change completely depending on where you are. I live in a completely rural area for all of my High School and there was one other out gay kid and no one ever picked on either of us. He was actually the reason I came out. When I saw that they treated him completely normally I decided that there was no threat in me coming out, and there really wasn’t. People always knew I was gay even before coming out and I did get teased the TINIEST bit (never got called a faggot) but it all seemed like playful teasing, even in hindsight. I still talk to some of these people and hang out with them when I go back home. It just always shocks me to hear of experiences like this when my own area is just incredibly accepting of this. I live in Montreal now btw.

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