it gets better Residency takes the Fox Cities
The it gets better residency is in full swing here in the Fox Valley and for community members, students at several high schools and those who had the opportunity to meet at the Boys and Girls Club it has already proven to be a moving and educational week.
On Monday, several students worked with the it gets better cast to create an empowering music video. Here, students braved the cold to shoot some scenes outside.
Staying warm inside was our local community choir who has been working over the past several weeks to learn music as part of the it gets better Saturday night performance. Whether they are straight allys, out themselves or using their love of music to simply support the cause, they each have an individual reason why they chose to participate in the choir. Katelyn Richards of Freedom said “I am a strong believer that it does get better. Sexual orientation doesn’t define a person!”
Tuesday, the it gets better cast started their local high school visits throughout the Fox Valley. While students posed difficult but honest questions Tuesday, the cast opened up about their personal experiences about how life really does get better. Here, the cast took a moment to pose with students from Menasha High School after their program.
On Tuesday night members of the community came together for a piano bar fundraiser. After a number from the cast, community members gave it their all singing their favorite show-stopping tunes to help raise awareness, funds and support for what it gets better is doing in the community this week but also for future INCLUDE and Fox Cities P.A.C. projects.
You still have plenty of opportunities to get involved and hear the inspiring message of how it truly does get better. While Thursday brings more school visits, it also brings a unique opportunity for the public as the it gets better cast facilitates a World Café discussion where the community will have the opportunity to discuss, learn and work together to understand how to be a stronger more inclusive community. The event takes place from 6-9 p.m. at UW-Fox Valley in the Union.
Friday, the public is invited to understand what the it gets better initiative truly is in the it gets better Journey program at UW-Fox Valley in Perry Hall. This program explores how the initiative has been making an impact in surrounding communities in a multimedia presentation. Can’t make it in person? The event will be live streamed by UW-Fox Valley and you can watch it by following this link.
The entire experience will culminate Saturday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. when it gets better, a musical theater response to bullying, is presented at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center. This performance explores what “better” means for LGBT youth through a funny and exciting story with moments of both pain and pathos, featuring poignant narratives of growing up gay. The performance includes music, multimedia and our wonderful community choir.