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Columbia's 'It Gets Better' video

This week, Columbia gives its own take on the popular "It Gets Better" project. The project was founded by Dan Savage and his husband, Terry Miller, in September of 2010—just days before Tyler Clementi, the Rutgers student who had been spied on by his roommate while kissing another man, took his own life in New York City.

This video, which first appeared as an idea last October, features interviews with students, faculty, and prominent administrators, such as Kevin Shollenberger (Dean of Student Affairs) and Peter Awn (Dean of General Studies). Check it out below.

Ben Harris (CC '14), who spearheaded the project here at Columbia, says of the short film, "There were far too many stories at Columbia to possibly include in one video -- a testament to the strength and outspoken nature of the LGBT community on campus. Because of that, this video includes just a small swath of people on campus. My hope, however, is that it will send the message that this campus supports LGBT teenagers nation-wide, and recognizes the importance of higher education in making those lives better."

Thanks to Ben, Ericka Beltran (BC '12), Claire Pope (CC '14), and Mae Smith (CC '14), for helping create this video and bringing these touching stories to our attention.

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wow posted on

this made me cry. so so beautiful. thank you to everyone who made this!

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k posted on

beautiful, you guys!

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molly posted on

This is amazing! Great job to all involved!

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dqueezy posted on

this is absolutely fantastic. i'm so proud of the people that made this video. i love you all!

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Mcbain 6 posted on

Ben Harris is amazing.

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GSer Living WIth AIDS posted on

Bravo - I am an OUT person living with AIDS on campus. Thank you for doing this. I just wish I had a voice in it, too. But I am warmed by seeing it, and by seeing the Dean of my School participate so beautifully and eloquently. Thanks.

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graduating senior posted on

Hey thanks for writing this. YOU should have been in the video, you know?

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SEAS12 posted on

This made me so happy.

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why did you write this? posted on

What was the selection criteria for the students highlighted in the film?

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this is posted on

Powerful

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Honestly this is posted on

a sanitized version of what it means to be LGBT at Columbia.

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Frank Pinto '12 posted on

Love the sentiment but agree that bad experiences should have been mentioned; ignoring them feels disingenuous. The point should be that the good experiences/help outweighed the bad and that helped it get better - it didn't just happen. Also wish there was something like this for other marginalized communities. I feel like the Latino community is largely ignored by the administration. Efforts to foster community and develop individuals in the context of the issues we face are entirely student driven and make me believe the administration doesn't care for us at all.

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kiss me, you fool!

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Richard Adams, GS '12 posted on

hey man - i like the name you submitted your comment under. shows you have the courage of your convictions. way to go, jerk face.

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