Sadly too many suicides over the last 2 years, and of course for many years prior to this, due to teens and others being homophobically bullied, demonstrate that in many respects we still have a long way to go for full gay equality.
A talented bunch of Lesbian musicians – singers, writers, instrument players known collectively as The L Project – got together in October at Dean Street Studios in Soho, London to record a song which will help raise awareness and money for charities that work to combat homophobic bullying in young people.
"We are all so very happy with the single, the weekend in the studio couldn't have been any better, it was an emotional yet really fun weekend with everyone working together," says Georgey Payne, writer of the song, and co-project manager.
The L Project, having recorded the single "It Does Get Better" with the help of its kind sponsors, is gathering growing support from both gay and straight communities across the UK and beyond. "The enthusiasm is amazing!" says Georgey Payne, creator of the L Project, and singer-songwriter for UK lesbian band Greymatter. "We're finding that most people know of, or have been affected by this issue, and just want to join in and help in whatever way they can. We've come a long way since June 2011."
Georgey herself was moved to action by the experiences of a young gay friend: "I noticed one night he was worried about going home after working an evening, and when I asked him what was wrong he told me he was being bullied at school. I then listened while he explained everything that had been happening, and just remember feeling so sad at what he was having to go through. Being a songwriter, the best way I could think of to help raise money and awareness to prevent this kind of thing happening to others was to write a song. I then asked the most talented UK lesbian artists I know for their help by getting together to record it for charity, and they all said yes - without hesitation."
The song "It Does Get Better" will be released February 11th 2012 as a digital download. Set to a powerful and catchy melody, the lyrics talk about the challenges of growing up gay, but the central message is one of hope: it gets better. This message is at the core of Stonewall's "It Gets Better Today" campaign, as well as the "It Gets Better" Project" (USA). It is also the message that the Diversity Role Models charity is helping spread through their excellent workshops directly with kids in schools they visit.
Both Diversity Role Models and Stonewall will benefit directly from all sales of the single.
Everyone involved, artists, supporters and promoters, have done this for free. Participating artists who worked on the charity single are Scottish legend, Horse, Georgey Payne & Emma Kavanagh (Greymatter), Sofia Antonia Milone (GeEkgiRL), Sandra MacBeth, Amber Taylor-Groves (HeadsHearts), Mel Sanson (Kenelis), Nina McCann, O'Hooley & Tidow, Lorna Thomas, Leanna Goring, Juey, Jess Gardham, Amy Sutton (Neon Choir), Nicky Mitchell, and Ella Chambers.
To find out more about The L Project, you can see the full line up, photos from the amazing weekend with everyone at Dean Street Studios, and also photos and biographies of everyone involved with the project on the Facebook page. Please click the 'Like' button to show your support www.facebook.com/TheLProject.
You can still get involved and help the project before the single is released. If you think you'd like to contribute to The L Project in any way, by helping promote the single or by getting it onto local and national radio or TV, then please email Georgey at info@TheL-Project.com Once the single comes out, you can support those charities working to prevent homophobic bullying by buying the single and spreading the word to as many of your friends as possible. Or you could really help our cause by spreading the word right now...
Horse, Sandra MacBeth, Georgey Payne, Emma Kavanagh, Amber Taylor-Groves, Kenelis, Sofia Antonia Milone, Nicky Mitchell, O'Hooley & Tidow, Juey, Nina McCann, Jess Gardham, Amy Sutton, Ella Chambers.
Horse - Guitar
Georgey Payne - Rhythm Guitar
Leanna Goring - Drums
Belinda O' Hooley - Piano
Lorna Thomas - Bass
'It Does Get Better' © Words and Music written by Georgey Payne
Performed by artists of The L Project
Recorded at Dean Street Studios, London