community braveWITH less than a week remaining, anti-bullying organisation Community Brave is urging the LGBTI community to get behind its peer-to-peer funding campaign to help end bullying, homophobia and teen suicide.

The campaign aims to fund the organisation’s new social media platform that provides an online service and 24/7 support to young people experiencing bullying.

“The statistics around bullying and youth suicide are so alarming, especially amongst young LGBTIQ people,” Community Brave founder Rami Mandow said.

“We know that when young people are experiencing difficulties or are thinking about suicide they reach out through social media.

“This is why we need to be in the space. We need to be proactive rather than reactive and harness the power of social media for social good.”

Contributions start from $2 and are rewarded with a range of products, including colourful marriage equality thongs that give people an opportunity to protest with every footstep as they imprint the words marriage equality in the sand.

Community Brave has so far garnered the support of a number of high-profile figures, such as former Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Senator Penny Wong, Sydney state independent MP Alex Greenwich, Matt Thistlethwaite and Midnight Oil’s Peter Garrett, and more – all of whom took part in a series of online videos and images to help raise the organisation’s profile.

“Attitudes towards LGBTIQ people have shifted considerably in recent years but many young people still have to deal with harassment and abuse just for being who they are and are treated differently just because of who they love,” Mandow said.

“We’re all very excited about this phase of the project. We are finally taking that step into engaging with all of our wonderful supporters to give them a chance to contribute towards the building of this anti-bullying platform to help LGBTIQ people live happier lives,” he said.

To be part of the anti-bullying campaign, visit www.startsomegood.com/combrv  to make your contribution. All contributions of $2 or more are tax deductible and must be made by Saturday, December 14.

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About Community Brave

The Community Brave Foundation is a new community group made entirely of volunteers who wish to create a sustainable and positive future for youth, specifically targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer youth. It is 100 per cent community-run as a non-profit and funded by donations and crowd funding. Details: www.communitybravefoundation.org

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If you or someone you know needs help urgently, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14, Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or the Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service on Evening Support line: 02 8594 9596 or 1800 184 527 (regional callers) – open daily 5:30pm-10:30pm.

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