The Fire Department of New York (FDNY) released their first "It Gets Better" video on National Coming Out Day, October 11th. The video is an inspirational message to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth.
“When I came out to my mother, she broke down crying, because she didn’t realize that her child had been carrying a weight that big for that long.”
"As Firefighters, Paramedics and EMTs in the most diverse city in the world, FDNY members have the tremendous opportunity to inspire young people through their brave work every single day," Commissioner Nigro announced in a press release."Through this video, they deliver an important message to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth around the world â€" it absolutely does get better."
The video features twelve active FDNY Firefighters, Paramedics, and EMTs discussing their LGBT experiences. The video was part of the It Gets Better Project, a nonprofit organization that engages with LGBT youth in order to prove that life indeed gets better.
“The department has been really wonderful and very supportive of my transition and who I am as a person.”
Throughout the video, FDNY LGBT personnel share stories of how they came out, the challenges they've faced, the support they've received from the FDNY, and thoughts on the importance of community and empowerment.
"With their It Gets Better video, the brave men and women of the FDNY have made a powerful statement in support of LGBT youth," said Brett M. Peters, Director of Communications for the It Gets Better Project, in a press release."By fostering such a welcoming community in the workplace, the FDNY is helping lead the way in encouraging LGBT young people to be whoever they want to be."