By Michelle Garcia
Originally published on Advocate.com February 19 2013 1:31 PM ET
It Gets Better, South Africa is due to launch Wednesday, but the campaign will be missing one key figure.
After being charged with fatally shooting his girlfriend, Olympian Oscar Pistorius will no longer be associated with the It Gets Better campaign. Pistorius competed in the 2012 London Olympics, making him the first double-leg amputee to participate in the games when he ran in the 400-meter race, and was a member of his country's 4x400-meter relay.
In his video, Pistorius said, "Just remember that you're special. You don't have to worry. You don't have to change. Take a deep breath and remember it will get better."
According to The Times of South Africa, the campaign will still have the support of many local celebrities.
Andrew Barry, a student at the University of Cape Town, coordinated his country's version of the popular campaign launched in the U.S. by author and activist Dan Savage.