Imagine having a major realization about who you are and feeling like you can't share it with anyone, not even your best friend. Imagine having this realization with the knowledge that because of this part of yourself, your parents may never talk to you again, you'll lose your job, lose your housing, or your physical safety may be threatened.
National Coming Out Day is a reminder that for many LGBTQ youth, the idea of coming out is intimidating, anxiety-inducing, and even downright scary. The rejection and hatred that may be waiting for them on the other side of such an important, personal confession can be paralyzing and isolating. All of our youth face enormous challenges, but with the additional obstacles faced by LGBTQ youth, they are 4 times as likely as their straight peers to attempt suicide. It doesn't have to be this way.
Mythic Bridge supports at-risk youth through the transformative power of filmmaking. We enable them to actualize their potential through filmmaking workshops. In honor of National Coming Out Day, we are promoting our LGBTQ filmmaking programs. This series of workshops were created specifically for LGBTQ youth and their supportive straight peers.
Through our programming, kids are able to share their stories in a safe, accepting environment and learn that their voices have value and the power to break through to the community. Man to Man is a short film produced during our July LGBT Workshops which tells the story of a young man struggling to come out to his brother during a game of 1-on-1 basketball:
We have teamed up with creative agencies Happy United and Rabbit Rabbit & Partners to help us start the vital conversation that we need to support LGBTQ youth. Our goal is to raise awareness about this issue and our work at Mythic Bridge. To this end, our Change the Script campaign celebrates a supportive, creative community that has the power to change the lives of LGBTQ youth.
Last month, we launched our first spot, Change the Script: LGBTQ Suicide PSA.
Our Change the Script campaign has continued with a portrait series made up of people who support LGBTQ youth and our filmmaking workshops. Participants in the series share their personal stories on how they would like to "Change The Script." Transgender super-model Geena Rocero has partnered with us and is a champion for this campaign. She says...
Other luminaries from the film community such as actress Alysia Reiner, director Pamela Romanowsky and actor Christian Campbell, along with Mythic Bridge mentors, workshop participants and other supporters of LGBTQ youth have participated in the series.
There are many ways to lend your support. This is ours. Alongside our effort to promote awareness, we've launched a CrowdRise to raise the money necessary to continue our efforts. We are asking you to donate to "Change the Script" for LGBTQ youth.