Leone Kraus

Watch: Stand Up to Homophobic Bullying

Filed By Leone Kraus | May 22, 2011 11:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Media
Tags: gay youth, homophobic bullying, LGBT youth, school bullying

I've seen this video a few times over the past couple months but I'm just now getting a chance to post it. This video is superb and it sends a positive message to youth, parents, and others who work with youth about how they can teach themselves and others how to stand up to homophobic bullying. With well over 500,000 views so far, this video is a must-see for everyone.

The video was created as part of BeLonG To Youth Services annual Stand Up! LGBT Awareness Weeks. BeLonG supports the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth in Ireland.

This video isn't the only one that BeLonG has created. Click here to access a slew of others on BeLonG's YouTube Channel. To learn more about BeLonG, visit them here.

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Bravo, Bravo, Bravo. Thank you for sharing this.

What a great video! Thanks for sharing.

This brought tears. When I was struggling with that incredibly angst producing time for me, over 50 years ago some of that support was happening in a far more subtle way. Many of the other girls in our small high school went out of their way to be my friend though none of us realized, at the time that I am trans.

What was different for me was the rage from the bullying at home which never stopped.

Consequently, though I am petite at 5'3" and 122 lbs. I was a berserker. Had that scene with those boys in the alley occurred to me, there would have been 4 injured boys on the ground and I would have been off hiding and crying my heart out for their and my shared pain. I was often bullied but never twice by the same person and that still has power to make me sad and guilty for the pain I caused. Today is better.

Four yrs post transition, I attended my 40th HS reunion and I have to say that although not total, the level of acceptance was phenomenal. And many of my old girl friends expressed their welcome and complete lack of surprise. Hell, a few of the braver men even asked me to dance by the end of the evening.

It does get better.

Joani

Joani--your story almost made me cry just as much as the video. I'm so very glad that it got better for you!!

Thank you for sharing your story Joani!