Irish advocacy group BeLonGTo has created a powerful video encouraging teens to stand up against homophobic bullying during Stand Up! Week.
The video is a reminder of both the isolating effects of bullying and how it can be stopped by simple acts of solidarity.
This short film was written and directed by Anna Rodgers & Aoife Kelleher and produced by Zlata Filipovic for BeLonG To Youth Services.
Stand Up! LGBT Awareness Week, which runs April 4 through to April 15, hopes to create an understanding of LGBT-youth issues, wider bullying issues and how to tackle bullying in schools with an emphasis on friendship.
Specifically, BeLonGTo describes the campaign as “[promoting] friendship amongst young people as a way to combat homophobic bullying.”
The group has a number of videos and support services on its website, encompassing previous campaigns and advice on topics like how to get help if you are being bulling, information on coming out, parent support, drug issues and more.
To find out more about the Stand Up! campaign and the various ways you can show your support whether you are an Irish citizen or not, click here.