Wales’ lesbian gay and bisexual charity Stonewall Cymru launches a new YouTube channel today with messages from the four party leaders of Wales.
The ‘It gets better.Today’ campaign tells young people that they don’t have to wait for their lives to improve – they can be great now. It is inspired by the US campaign which has attracted messages of support from people such as President Obama, Hillary Clinton, Christina Aguilera, Janet Jackson, and Justin Beiber. In the UK it has attracted support from David Cameron, Sue Perkins, Brian Dowling, Clare Balding, Joe McElderry, Anthony Cotton, and many more. Today’s Welsh Launch features all four party leaders.
First Minister, and leader of the Welsh Labour Party Carwyn Jones says “we all want a society where people are valued as individuals, where there’s diversity and equality and respect and that means dealing with homophobia and homophobic bullying.”
Deputy First Minister and Plaid Cymru Leader Ieuan Wyn Jones added “you have the right to be who you are, when bullying is tackled and challenged in schools things can improve dramatically”.
In his message, Welsh Conservative Leader Nick Bourne says that he is “proud to support the right of everybody to live their lives as they see fit”.
Welsh Liberal Democrat leader Kirsty Williams says “Wales is a great country in which to grow up but it can be miserable and frightening if you’re experiencing bullying because of your sexuality” adding “if you can speak out, if you can find help. We know that things really do get better”
Stonewall Cymru hopes to add other messages from public figures and celebrities as well as teachers and young people. Andrew White, Director of Stonewall Cymru said “‘with more people are coming out at school, lesbian, gay and bisexual pupils are becoming more visible than ever, we a thrilled that Wales’ leaders have supported our campaign” he added “we work with schools, employers and communities throughout Wales who are making sure that things do get better for lesbian gay and bisexual people, today. Together we really can make it happen!”
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