There are, it appears, two ways to do an It Gets Better video.
After the suicide of Jamie Hubley, the son of an Ottawa Councillor and a vibrant, dynamic, but bullied, gay teen, many people were touched by his story and wanted to reach out to do something – anything – to try to tell teens that it does get better, that while the teenage years can be really terrible for some, life grows and changes and evolves and won’t stay the way it is now, no matter how dark it may seem at the time.
Even Conservative Members of Parliament and staffers participated in making an It Gets Better video:
One can forgive the participants if the video seems, well, stuffy and bureaucratic. This is Ottawa, after all. And the sentiment is clear: There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Please, if you need help, ask for it. However, the video is unlikely to grab many teens except perhaps those who idolize members of the Conservative Party of Canada. Still, perhaps there’s something to be learned – even the It Gets Better videos can get better.
Photo Credit: Hubley Family (handout)
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