January 9, 2012

"Make it Better" at Duke

Calling all LGBTQ individuals and allies! We will be partnering with Duke Together, the Center for LGBT Life, Duke ACLU, and Freewater Productions to create a video in the spring semester in the spirit of the "It Gets Better" project.

"The It Gets Better project was created to show young LGBT people the levels of happiness, potential, and positivity their lives will reach -- if they can just get through their teen years. The It Gets Better project wants to remind teenagers in the LGBT community that they are not alone -- and it WILL get better." (www.itgetsbetter.org)

We want to make a video that embodies the spirit of this project, but tailor it to the relevant issues of our community -- Duke, Durham, and the state of NC. We are looking for people to tell their stories; their struggles, their triumphs, and their goals.

This coming May, North Carolinians will be faced with a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Not only would this enshrine discrimination in the state's constitution, but it would have a real impact on the Duke community -- the students who currently attend, prospective students, and the many employees of the university. We want to show the people of this state that this is not what NC is about. We want to show students who are considering to attend Duke that this is a welcoming place, no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Our goal: to send the message that "it gets better," but only if we stand up together and fight discrimination on our home turf. We are looking for people from all walks of life: gay, straight, bisexual, transgender, positive stories, stories of hardships overcome, and anything else that speaks to your personal experience with this issue. If you are interested in contributing to a video that could potentially garner attention from the Duke community, citizens of NC, and even the entire nation, please come forward! Send an email to christine.ko@duke.edu to get involved in the video!


  1. 1) This is so well-worded. Great work, y'all.

    2) Who is participation open to?! :x

  2. It's open to anyone who will be available for filming some time in the next two months. We don't have an exact timeline yet, but we hope to be finished by spring break. For alumni who aren't able to make it to campus, you can definitely submit your own recording!

    Anyone who's interested, please fill out this survey!


  3. I've discussed this with Christine, and I want to clarify that a bit. We want as many people as possible to participate, from all affiliations and backgrounds, but we'll need to figure out how submitted videos would fit into the overall project. So to all interested alumni, please fill out the survey and indicate that you are an alumnus/a, and we'll get back to you with more details when we figure it out!