Tuesday, 13 November 2012


Canada’s Royal Canadian Mounted Police has filmed a new 10-minute “It Gets Better” video to help queer youth confront homophobia. The video features 20 Mounties who talk about the challenges they faced growing up gay, how they came out to their families and how they dealt with being outsiders.

Constable Cheryl Letkeman, who spearheaded the RCMP’s initiative, tells Xtra that she was inspired to get RCMP members involved in the It Gets Better project after many American police forces posted videos to the It Gets Better campaign’s website. “I just thought to myself, ‘Why haven’t the RCMP done this?’” says Letkeman, who is with the Surrey RCMP Youth Unit. “So instead of just wondering why, we did it.”

Syndicated columnist Dan Savage launched the It Gets Better movement with a YouTube video in September 2010. Today, there are over 50,000 “It Gets Better” videos on the web.

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