WATCH: Empowering young people with Freedom Stories
A suite of short online videos produced in collaboration between ACON and Reachout.com aims to empower young people to embrace their sexualities. Cec Busby reports.
Tired of the morbid themes that often accompany coming out stories, comedian Rhys Nicholson and triple j host Kyran Wheatley penned their own piece that’s looks at the lighter side of coming out.
“We were tired of seeing all these harrowing stories,” Rhys told SX.
“There are a lot of them, and I think it can turn people off coming out,” added Kyran.
“Ours is a bit more about not defining yourself by your sexuality – it’s what else do you like to do?”’
Their story, entitled 'It Gets Boring', is among a suite of online videos aimed at sharing positive stories of embracing one’s sexuality.
Produced by ACON and ReachOut.com, the clips will premiere at the shOUT Film Festival to be held in regional NSW this month.
Rhys said he hoped the video will help facilitate a conversation.
“Hopefully people will find it funny. Laugh at it so you can be more comfortable with it – and then that will start a dialogue.”
Go to acon.org.au/freedomstories.
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