La Trobe University staff have taken to the web to voice their anti-homophobia message with an emotional It Gets Better YouTube video.
The video features university staff talking frankly about how they came out and the difficulties they faced.
One staff member battles tears when talking about her difficulties coming out to her family.
“I got caught kissing my girlfriend by my mum and she did not take it very well at all,” she said on the eight-minute video.
“A lot of my family didn’t know I was gay but my dad mentioned it in a generic letter that he wrote and it made me so happy because I finally felt accepted by my own father, because that’s something for me I always thought he wouldn’t be able to accept, but I feel now he’s so proud of me no matter what.”
The It Gets Better project took off last year, and was founded by US broadcaster and journalist Dan Savage in the wake of a spate of reported gay-related suicides across the US.
La Trobe University is home to the Australian Research Centre for Sex, Health and Society and Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria.
La Trobe set up a gay/straight alliance program for staff and students last year.
info: Visit www.latrobe.edu.au/equality/ally