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It Gets Better

Red Cross Blood Service staff ask young gay people struggling with their sexuality to hang in there 'cos it gets better.

Monday September 15, 2014

The other week a colleague shared with me a really important message from GLOW, theĀ Blood Service employee network for Gay, Lesbian and Other Workmates, telling young people that 'it gets better'. It's a message of support to young people who may be experiencing problems with bullying or struggling with their sexuality.

I was moved by the video and felt proud of this contribution to the It Gets Better project. The staff members' stories about growing up and sharing their sexual identity with family and friends are heartwarming, and left me feeling hopeful that things really are getting better for young gay people growing up in Australia today.

Red Cross celebrates diversity as a key strength in every aspect of our work. We don't discriminate on any basis but rather help those most in need, who ever and where ever they are, in line with ourĀ fundamental principles of humanity, impartiality and neutrality.

The culture of Red Cross embraces inclusiveness and respect for diversity, which is why I wanted to acknowledge this wonderful expression of humanitarian values by Blood Service GLOW members, who so warmly and generously shared their stories.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Please share it to inspire young people everywhere to celebrate their diversity.

Robert Tickner
CEO, Australian Red Cross