There are things that people do because it’s their job. And then there are things that people do because it’s the right thing to do. Every once in a while people do both. And sometimes these things unexpectedly cause you to cry all over your laptop computer.
This morning I watched “It Gets Better,” a touching video produced by the gay and lesbian employees of Pixar Animation Studios to provide a sense of solidarity and comfort for gay teens struggling with bullying, feelings of exclusion, and loneliness. It’s not that surprising that such a video would come from Pixar. After all, Pixar’s animated features are usually based on the theme of personal growth. A main character faces a challenge and changes for the better as a result. In “It Gets Better,” Pixar employees share stories of the hardships they faced in their own lives as young gay men and women, offering words of advice and encouragement as sources of inspiration for others.
Pixar’s employees are not only models for gay and lesbian youth, but for everyone. I’ve worked in a lot of places where “it’s not my job” is used as an excuse to not do the right thing. The people of Pixar makes cartoons for a living. It’s not their job to stand up against the heart-rendering reality of gay bullying and suicide. But they did. And we’re all the better for it. Thank you and be kind.