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Queer youth suicide prevention video

Local high schoolers Justin Preyer and Kailyn Alexandria produced this video for a class to spread the message that “you are not alone.”

  1. Doc
    March 9, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Nice job Justin and Kailyn. Your good work inspires me and gives me hope.

  2. March 9, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    A really excellent message and certainly an important issue. You did a good, heartfelt job on the video and I applaud the effort…I even “liked” it for Facebook!

    One thought, though: I think the comments from young man (from Humboldt State) talking about “over-throwing the heterosexual” population, somewhat diminishes the positivity of your message. Probably meant as a light-hearted bit of encouragement to those in his community who are struggling, but on its face, that sort of comment suggests the sort of “us against them” message that is exactly what you’re trying to eradicate…I think it might actually work to turn off some of the people who really need to listen to the greater message and that’s counter-productive to your very strong mission statement of inclusion and tolerance.

    As a sort of companion piece to yours, I invite you to read a piece of mine on the Defense of Marriage Act, up at both my blog (http://rockpapermusic.com/the-undeniably-indefensible-defense-of-marriage-act-doma/ )and the Huffington Post: (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lorraine-devon-wilke/the-indefensible-defense-_b_832011.html).

    Good luck, stay positive, and continue to reach out with your own acceptance and tolerance for those who might need a little help to expand their thinking and open their minds.

  3. Neal Latt
    March 9, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Loved it! Great work Justin and Kailyn! This was much needed. I’m proud of Humboldt’s contribution to the burgeoning It Gets Better video movement spreading around the world.

    I do think the levity brought by “Mama Quail” (HSU student/Queer Army Future Commanding General) was one of the best parts of the whole video and the one LOL moment for me in the piece. Of course it’s a bit tongue in cheek, but for those kids watching the video who are actually AT rock bottom, it may be the thing that gives them the biggest spark of hope. Just sayin’, IMHO.

  4. d
    March 9, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    Thank you J & K! It is great to see such positive work. You are upstanding role models for many who are years and even generations older. A hope for our future.

  5. iPhone Prog. Liberal
    March 10, 2011 at 1:01 am

    Watch for more it gets better videos staring humboldt county citizens!

  6. Mitch
    March 10, 2011 at 6:28 am

    Great job, thank you! My favorite part is about 9:30 to 10:15, where the guy talks about rock bottom being a terrible place… “but now I’m even happier for having found my way out of it.”

    This video is a great reminder of what fantastic work high school students can do.

    And like all the videos on the “it gets better” theme, it’s true: it does get better. Have the courage to stick around.

  7. skippy
    March 10, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Yours truly liked the message, the teamwork, the importance and knowledge of this issue. Thank you.

  8. Tracy Jordan French
    March 10, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Will we be seeing your video on Access Humboldt?

  9. felix
    March 13, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    Great work!
    When my God-daughter complained to the principal of So. Hum.’s South Fork High School about the foul comments filling the hallways, she was taken aside and asked if SHE was having trouble with her sexual orientation…..No attempt to stop the culture of abuse.
    Since statistically 10 percent or so of all students are gay, whether they realize it fully yet or not (and ‘gay’ includes the alphabet soup- use the word alone or you are cutting the lbtiq people OUT of the word ‘gay’)this IS a very important issue. And to the ‘It’s all good’ folks out there- I have personally experienced more homophobia right here in paradise (ha ha ha) than in my entire life previous to landing here.
    But it does get better! Go to San Francisco if it isn’t fast enough and you consider ending your pain in that terrible way.

  10. Justin Preyer
    March 14, 2011 at 11:04 am

    I believe we may be putting it on access humboldt, though im not sure yet.

  11. Rick Khamsi
    March 15, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Justin, you can easily send your video to the “It Gets Better Project” which will make it available to a wider audience. You can upload it to http://www.ItGetsBetterProject.org – please do.

  12. justin preyer
    March 18, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    unfortunately, the video has to be shorter than ten minutes to upload onto there…

  13. Justin Preyer
    March 29, 2011 at 11:34 am

    @Lorraine Devon Wilke
    i totally understand your views on that subject, but he’s not talking about overthrowing all heterosexuals, but the herosexist society that we live in, making it more acceptable for people of ALL sexual orientations to be able to be treated as equals.

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