SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Police Department has become the first police department in the county to produce an “It Gets Better” video, part of the nationwide campaign to end suicides among LGBT youth, and to bring awareness to bullying of of gay kids.
“Our Police Department joins the nationwide campaign to end bullying of LGBT youth by producing a heartfelt video that provides a message of hope and encouragement that it will get better,” said Mayor Ed Lee.
“San Francisco is a city that prides itself on embracing equality for all and this video is another great example of our commitment to reinforcing our City’s values.”
“This is a first of its kind video for the SFPD and for any law enforcement agency in the United States,” said Police Chief Greg Suhr, in a statement.
“I hope this message of encouragement will give hope to anyone who might be bullied because of who they are. The members of the SFPD will continue to work with all young people and reach out to the communities, as mentors and role models,” Suhr said.
Seattle-based activist and author Dan Savage and his husband Terry Miller launched the “It Gets Better Project” in September 2010 in response to the suicides of teenagers who were bullied because they were gay or perceived by their peers as gay.