In June 2012, SAP released a powerful antibullying film called It Gets Better: SAP Employees. Ours was just one of the over 50,000 notable films from individuals, celebrities, companies, and others in which real people delivered personal messages of hope to LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) youth who may be in crisis. But it was unique in its dedication to one special person: it was released in memory of Jeffrey Patrick Fehr, son of SAP colleague Steve Fehr, who tragically took his life on January 1, 2012, after years of anti-gay bullying.
28 months later, It Gets Better: SAP Employees is still one of the top most-viewed SAP videos, has been translated into 13 languages in response to global volunteer effort, and has united literally thousands of colleagues from around the world.
We were astounded and humbled at the outpouring of support from colleagues both LGBT and straight who embraced and wanted to share the film to make sure we did not lose one more precious person. Hardly a day goes by in my own work life that I don’t think of this film’s release and how many amazing allies we have encountered within SAP’s community stepping up to tell us that we do not walk alone: not at home nor at work.
This momentum has only continued, and today, thanks to the incredible grassroots work of all kinds of fine colleagues including the Global HomoSAPiens employee network, straight allies, and @LifeAtSAP, we are proud to release a special new film: a compilation of messages from colleagues around the world who want to share how they are LGBT allies. Introducing:
LGBT Allies: SAP Employee Stories
My huge thanks to the colleagues in and behind this film and their passion to let you and me know that even in our hardest moments, we are not alone. No one walked in Jeff’s shoes, but if Jeff had known of the thousands of allies he had yet to meet around the globe, would he have made a different decision?
Please watch and share as we continue to join together around the world to run better, stronger, and – in all our wonderful differences – unalone.
UPDATED TIME: PS: Are you coming to SAP d-code && TechEd Las Vegas? Join us on Tuesday, October 21, at 6pm in Lounge 2 for the first-ever SAP LGBT Birds-of-a-Feather session at this conference:
I look forward to meeting you there! Friends and allies welcome.