Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Broadway News Makers 2010 #8: The "It Gets Better" Campaign

A series of tragic events that became news in this country - though I am certain the same thing and worse happens daily, just goes unreported - brought the Broadway (and Hollywood) community together to rally around another great cause.  Yes, this past year, in the midst of same-sex marriage battles, the on again-off again "don't ask, don't tell" military policy, a huge and sad battle cry went up after several gay teens committed suicide after very public "outings" and relentless bullying.

Institutions like the Trevor Project became overwhelmed by the publicity and subsequent public outcry.  Thousands of LGBT youth reported similar brutality and sought help before making that final, fatal decision.  Click HERE for more information about the Trevor Project.

No stranger to the gay community, Broadway led the charge in creating public service announcements, featuring out and supportive actors, writers, directors and all varieties of theatre personnel.  The national campaign blossomed into "It Gets Better."  And, naturally, Broadway even created a new anthem and music video for the cause.

Click HERE for the YouTube "It Gets Better Broadway" Channel.

"It Gets Better Broadway"

The Broadway Company of Memphis (Brad Bass' testimonial is very moving (4:00).  You may need a tissue.)

Broadway Stars Sing "It Gets Better"

I've always heard that much more good comes from bad.  In this case, it couldn't be more true.

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