Jessica Origliasso from The Veronicas has taken to Instagram with a passionate post encouraging Australia to wake up and make a change.
Yesterday, Jess attended the pro-Safe Schools rally in Brisbane, something that is very close to both Jess and Lisa's hearts… and something that needs be a lot closer to some Australians' hearts.
The Veronicas constantly use their position of influence to help others and yesterday was no different.
After the rally, Jess took to Instagram to show the reality of what it is like to grow up in Australia and to attend a school where you feel unsafe.
The picture shows Jess with Tyrone Unsworth’s grandmother. Tyrone is the beautiful teen that tragically felt like the only escape he had from the bullying he faced constantly, was to remove himself from life completely.
In the tocuhing post she wrote, the death of Tyrone "hit too close to home," and that the homophobic bullying he faced every single day happened "at a school that I grew up 2 minutes from."
She continues, "Bullied to a point that he felt his only option was to leave this life…. My heartbreaks to know my best friends growing up were exactly like Tyrone, but that I couldn't help him."
Jess also has an answer for what we all can do to prevent these events happening daily.
Australia needs more awareness, more support, safer schools AND LEGAL RIGHTS!
"Please Australia, it's time to do more. Tyrone should still be here with us today. … If only we had schools and legal rights that show all LGBTIQA+ youths, and bullies that the LGBTQIA+ community, and their diversity is as normal as a diverse choice in music."
Read the full post below.
Thank you Jess, just thank you!
If you are concerned about your own emotional wellbeing, are experiencing a personal crisis or are concerned about someone else, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or at www.lifeline.org.au
Image Credit: Jessica Origliasso Instagram