A raft of new supporters – including ministers and celebrities – have added their support to Stonewall’s ‘It gets better … today’ campaign, coinciding with National Anti-Bullying Week, which runs until Friday. www.stonewall.org.uk/itgetsbettertoday
Home Secretary Theresa May MP has recorded a video message of support, saying: ‘Not that long ago, there were no out lesbian, gay or bisexual MPs, sportspeople or key business figures. We should celebrate how far we’ve come, but we must not get complacent. There are young people who are still too frightened to go to school because of the homophobic bullies who make their lives a misery. That’s what inspires me and my team to work for equality, including publishing an ambitious programme of work to make it happen.’
Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone MP also recorded a supportive video message. Katy Perry and John Amaechi are the latest high-profile people to pose in t-shirts depicting the pupil-devised slogan to Stonewall’s campaign to tackle homophobic bullying: ‘Some people are gay. Get over it!’
Pop star Katy Perry said: ‘Everyone has the spark to be a firework – whether they’re lesbian, gay, bisexual or straight. That’s why I dedicate my new song ‘Firework’ to anyone experiencing homophobic bullying across the world. Just like the spirit of Stonewall spread from America to Britain, I’m making my empowering message global. Stonewall is doing an amazing job tackling homophobic bullying in Britain – please show them your support so it can get better – today.’
Other celebrities who have added their support in the last few days include Beverley Knight, Joe McElderry and Emmerdale actors Danny Miller and Marc Silcock. The British campaign has now won support from stars from all three main soaps, ministers from all three main political parties, sportspeople from rugby and basketball and celebrities from both sides of the Atlantic.
Stonewall is inviting people to get involved with its campaign for National Anti-Bullying Week in a variety of ways – including making your own ‘It gets better … today’ video, changing your Facebook and Twitter profile pictures to the ‘Some people are gay. Get over it!’ slogan and writing to your local MP to ask if their local authorities are effectively tackling homophobic bullying. For further ways to get involved, and to view all supportive messages, visit: www.stonewall.org.uk/itgetsbettertoday