California College of the Arts (CCA) has joined the It Gets Better Project, an online video campaign aimed at eliminating suicide among LGBTQ people by providing real-world testimonials illustrating hope.
CCA is the first arts college in the US to submit an official college-wide It Gets Better video. The video features students, alumni, faculty and staff who volunteered to share their life experiences regarding coming out and living openly as a member of the LGBTQ community.
The video was filmed and edited by Photography student Yoni Klein and produced by CCA staff and faculty, including acclaimed film director and CCA Film chair Rob Epstein, as the unofficial project advisor.
The video’s release is timed with the first annual National Gay/Straight Alliance Day, January 25. On February 3, CCA will host a screening and panel discussion event from 6:00 – 8:00 pm in Timken Lecture Hall on the San Francisco campus. The free event is open to the public.
The event, hosted by CCA’s QSA, will feature screenings of the CCA It Gets Better video with a discussion panel of rotating contributors following each showing to engage a conversation about the importance of this project and other topics relating to the LGBTQ community at CCA. Panelists include the video participants, filmmakers, Queer/Straight Alliance representatives and CCA administration.
Check out the fantastic It Gets Better video from CCA below: