Project for Awesome video champions work of gay rights organization in tackling homophobia in schools
A bullied gay teenager uses super powers to beat homophobia in a video championing UK-based equality charity Stonewall.
The YouTube film features its creator ‘Mikey’ dressed as a masked hero trying to fight a sinister black cloud of smoke.
However, after trying to destroy it by shooting beams of powerful light from his hands, he gives in admitting he cannot overcome this force of darkness called ‘homophobia’ alone.
‘Luckily for our hero he doesn’t have to fight homophobia alone, thanks to Stonewall,’ Mikey tells viewers.
‘What I personally admire is the work Stonewall does in schools. Growing up I experienced homophobic bullying.
‘The high school I went to fostered a really homophobic atmosphere where it was just out of the question to be openly gay because you would be verbally or physically attacked.’
He adds that homophobic bullying would occur on a daily basis, with teachers turning a blind eye. As a result he was terrified to come out because he had been taught that being gay was a bad thing.
The video is part of a US-based charity campaign called ‘Project for Awesome’ (P4A).
P4A says it will give up to a fifth of a large pot of cash to the charities featured in the five most popular videos posted to the site.
Mikey continues to praise the work of Stonewall in helping to educate schools and work with them to help stamp out anti-gay bullying.
He also refers to the gay rights group’s School Report, which showed 55% of British youngsters aged between 11 and 18 experience homophobic bullying at school.
While 95% say they anti-gay words such as ‘poof’ or ‘lezza used and 99% claim to hear the phrases ‘that’s so gay’ or ‘you’re so gay’.
Most shocking is that 56% of those surveyed in the survey of more than 1,600 gay pupils have tried to deliberately harm themselves, including cutting and burning themselves.
Andy Wasley, from Stonewall, said: ‘We were delighted to see Mike’s video, especially as he explains so clearly why the fight against homophobic bullying is so important.
‘We hope people will be moved to find out more about our School Report, and to donate to our winter appeal; every penny we receive will help us put an end to the nightmare of homophobia faced every day by thousands of young people in Britain’s schools.’
Watch Mikey’s P4A video below: