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Monday, July 23, 2012

San Francisco General Hospital to Release "It Gets Better" Video for LGBT Youth

Posted By on Mon, Jul 23, 2012 at 1:31 PM

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Who's better qualified to assure LGBT teens that there's nothing wrong with them than a staff of certified doctors and nurses? Following in the footsteps of the Giants and the San Francisco Police Department, San Francisco General Hospital is releasing its own "It Gets Better" video for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered youth, hoping to help curb the violence and suicides across the nation.

The video, which was filmed in May, features 35 hospital staff members, some of whom share their own stories of being different. One participant talks about his experience with sexual conversion therapy.

"What we're hoping is that the message gets out to LGBT teens that not only do things get better in general [after high school] ... but that these are 30 adults who went through all that, and came out on the other side," said Tristan Cook, spokesman for SFGH.

The video is part of the national It Gets Better Project, which started in 2010 when a slew of gay teens committed suicide after they were bullied and teased about their sexuality.

Most importantly, the video is meant to let LGBT youth know that their local hospital is a safe place for them to get help without fear of discrimination or bullying.

"Our mission is to provide compassionate care with respect to vulnerable populations and we feel that this is a vulnerable population that we want to reach out to," Cook explains.

SFGH plans to debut the 10-minute video tomorrow at the hospital. Afterward, the video will be posted online for all to see.

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