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Welsh party leaders support gay charity's campaign
It Gets Better Today campaign graphic
Stonewall's campaign is supported by all the main party leaders in Wales

Gay, lesbian and bisexual charity Stonewall Cymru is launching a YouTube channel with messages of support from the four main party leaders in Wales.

Their new campaign 'It gets better ... Today' tackles homophobic bullying.

It tells young people that they don't have to wait for life to improve as bullying is being tackled.

Welsh political leaders Carwyn Jones, Ieuan Wyn Jones, Nick Bourne and Kirsty Williams have all lent their support to the initiative.

Stonewall Cymru has been inspired the 'It Gets Better' project founded in the United States in 2010 by Dan Savage in response to the suicides of a number of teenagers who were bullied because of their sexuality.

The American campaign received high profile support from President Obama and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Young gay men holding hands
The campaign It Gets Better... Today tackles homophobic bullying

Stonewall Cymru now hopes to get more messages of support from public figures and personalities in Wales as well as teachers and young people themselves.

Andrew White, Director of Stonewall Cymru, says "As more people are coming out at school, lesbian, gay and bisexual pupils are becoming more visible than ever, we are thrilled that Wales' leaders have supported our campaign."

First Minister Carwyn Jones said: "We all want a society where people are valued as individuals, where there's diversity and equality and respect and that means dealing with homophobia and homophobic bullying."

Deputy First Minister and Plaid Cymru leader Ieuan Wyn Jones added: "You have the right to be who you are, when bullying is tackled and challenged in schools things can improve dramatically".

In his message, Welsh Conservative Leader Nick Bourne says that he is "proud to support the right of everybody to live their lives as they see fit".

Welsh Liberal Democrat leader Kirsty Williams says: "Wales is a great country in which to grow up but it can be miserable and frightening if you're experiencing bullying because of your sexuality".

She adds "if you can speak out, if you can find help, we know that things really do get better."




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