Thompson on Hollywood

With Chaz Bono's new doc Becoming Chaz (which was acquired by Oprah Winfrey's OWN network)debuting at Sundance, along with David Weissman's historic doc We Were Here, awareness of gender issues is front and center at Sundance--if not everywhere else.

With that in mind, studios and celebs are getting on board the popular It Gets Better Project, formed in September 2010 by syndicated columnist and author Dan Savage in order to increase awareness of the bullying and suicides caused by homophobia (including those of Justin Aaberg, Billy Lucas, Cody Barker, Asher Brown, Seth Walsh, Raymond Chase, and Tyler Clementi). The mission of the It Gets Better Project: to help our youth “see how love and happiness can be a reality in their future.” Thousands are contributing to the movement with videos.

Sony Pictures' group Out@SPE, as part of their SPECTRUM diversity initiative to raise awareness on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues, invited their studio colleagues to participate in the making of a film. Sony and Pixar's short films, as well as a message from Ellen DeGeneres, are below. And there's more to check out here.