All 10 U.S.House representatives from Massachusetts participated in the project, as did U.S. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass). Republican Sen. Scott Brown‘s office said he declined an invitation to take part.
The video promotes the Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgender Youth, with Rep. Barney Frank, one of the few openly gay members of Congress, who says, “It will get better because you’re helping it to become better, and this is going to be in the end the kind of world we all want to live in.”
Brown was invited to participate in the video, which was organized by Kerry’s office, but declined to take part, said two congressional officials, reported the Boston Globe.
“Scott Brown has a strong record at the state and federal level against bullying and believes that all people regardless of sexual orientation should be treated with dignity and respect,” said Colin Reed, a spokesman for Se. Brown. “His main focus right now is on creating jobs and getting our economy back on track.”
The “It Gets Better Project,” which has since compiled more than 10,000 online videos, was launched by Seattle-based activist and author Dan Savage and his husband Terry Miller, in response to the increasing number of teen suicides of kids who were bullied for their perceived sexual orientation.