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Funny, It Does Get Better

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  • April 27th 2012
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Lawrence Mooney

Lawrence Mooney

Comedians have come out in support of the It Gets Better Australia Campaign, producing a moving and star studded video, after seizing the opportunity while they were all performing at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

QNews caught up with comedian Lawrence Mooney, who bluntly tells his viewers "to be different you can be discriminated against, put in danger and marginalised". He quickly follows up with a reassuring voice to say "that's why you need to be tough. Toughness means endurance. You need to be brave. You need to be proud of who you are."

"Comedians are within their right to challenge any status quo or dominant paradigm."

Mr Mooney explained to QNews how he saw perfection. "In my perfect world people don’t need to declare their sexuality – bi, gay whatever.  To be different, to assert their sexuality since the Stonewall riots and not made to feel weird, wrong disgusting,  dirty or sinful. You have to own it and be proud.

"Comedians are within their right to challenge any status quo or dominant paradigm. I would like to see a place where gay men and women can live without fear where people do not feel frightened. Safe to be different. Safe to be female.

"I wanted to be part of the video. The idea that someone is so marginalised that the only option is death – appalling  thought. Dark ages stuff. Once I saw the final version,  the video was beautifully cut together. It was strong emphasis that you have to endure to for to get better.

IBGA boss Jamison Parker scored the coup of having the who's who of Australian comedy, after an email he sent almost twelve months ago, finally bore fruit. He is delighted with the outcome; the personal insights and the extra media attention it has produced. He stresses that IGBA is more than online content, but hands on, so the exposure is much-needed.

"A couple of comedians went more into their personal side including their families. These are topics the rest of Australia would not have known about. These people are regular people who have allowed their stories to be shared by the famous family member to help others understand Parker explains.

"I like that the video shows the realism but also gives hope. Nothing can't be done. There were so many messages about ways to cope and that there is not just one way that will work for everyone."

The high production values IGBA video is full of candid advice, but not preachy, and from the heart from many who were also different when they were at school. The cast of comedians is a collaborative effort from different talent agencies with diverse perspectives. It has been a hit in the first week of it quietly being added to YouTube.

Hannah Gadsby shared with QNews that she "took part in the video because i would have loved to hear people tell me 'it gets better' while i was struggling through the muck of youth.”



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