New Zealand Defence Force says 'It Gets Better'
A New Zealand Defence Force support group for LGBTI personnel has made a video that it hopes will help lower the rates of suicide and mental health issues among LGBTI youth.
The 'It Gets Better' style video was launched at a recent Pride in Defence Conference, where delegates discussed issues facing LGBTI people within organisations such as defence forces.
The conference was organised by OverWatch, an organisation of LGBTI regular, reserve and civilian members of the New Zealand Defence Force, their friends, family and allies.
The video, featuring Defence Force personnel in uniform, advises people to “be proud of what you are and stand up for what you are”.
It stresses that the NZDF takes people at their merit and that its role is to protect others.
It then shows a number of personnel speaking to camera about discovering their sexuality, their fears about coming out and how they negotiated their way through life to become confident with their sexuality.
Watch the video here.