Stars come together for suicide prevention benefit ‘It Gets Better Live’
US girl group G.R.L. leads an all-star line-up to raise funds and awareness for suicide prevention group, It Gets Better. Cec Busby reports.
Jamison Parker knows the pain of losing a friend to suicide. It was one of the reasons he became involved with It Gets Better when it made initial forays in Australia a few years ago.
“Many young people face daily tormenting and bullying, leading them to feel like they have nowhere to turn. This is especially true for SGD kids and teens, who often hide their sexuality for fear of bullying. Without other mentors in their lives, they can’t imagine what their future may hold.”
Above: Jamison Parker of It Gets Better
This is where It Gets Better comes in. Founded in the US in 2010, the It Gets Better project encourages LGBTI people from around the world to share their stories with the aim of conveying to queer youth that, indeed, “it gets better”.
“By watching a video of someone’s journey – from personal difficulty and trauma, to acceptance and happiness, It Gets Better has helped inspire young people to get through their difficult teenage years and go on to thrive as happy, productive young adults,” Jamison said.“It’s sparked a global movement with more than 25,000 user-created videos and more than 40 million views.”
This week, a benefit concert will be held to raise funds for the organisation, starring all-female US group GRL, former Australian Idol contestant Paulini, The Voice’s AnjaNissen and Matthew Garwood.
“We wanted to create a fun event that would help bring the community together and make a strong statement of support for young people struggling with depression and bullying,” Jamison said.
IT GETS BETTER LIVE
US supergroup G.R.L. will deliver killer vocals and bootylicious moves as they breakdown hit tracks such as ‘Vacation’, ‘Show Me What You Got’ and ‘Lighthouse’. It will be a particularly poignant event for the group, who lost one of their own members to suicide last year.
She may have first come to our attention on Australian Idol, but Paulini has come along way in the decade since she waved goodbye to the show. With a slew of R&B hits and awards to her name - this is one divalicious singer.
Signed to music legend will.i.am’s label, The Voice winner AnjaNissen is certain to deliver a set full of soulful songs. If Mariah and Aretha had a love child her name would be AnjaNissen.
You may remember him as the tattooed tenor from the third season of The Voice, but putting the reality show behind him Garwood has proved to be a real talent. Scoring a record deal with Decca, Garwood is set to deliver croonworthy tunes that will get your heart aflutter.
It Gets Better Live is on Saturday, May 2,at ARQ, 16 Flinders Street, Darlinghurst.Tickets from $20 from itgetsbetter.yapsody.com.