President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton this week joined the thousands of Americans that have come together as part of the It Gets Better Project to share stories of hope and encouragement for LGBT youth who are struggling with bullying and intolerance over their sexual orientation.
“I don’t know what it’s like to be picked on for being gay,” said Obama. “But I do know what it’s like to grow up feeling that sometimes you don’t belong. It’s tough.”
“And when you’re teased or bullied, it can seem like somehow you brought it on yourself — for being different, or for not fitting in with everybody else. But what I want to say is this. You are not alone,” said the President.
Said Clinton: “Children are particularly vulnerable to the hurt caused by discrimination and prejudice and we have lost many young people over the years to suicide. These most recent deaths are a reminder that all Americans have to work harder to overcome bigotry and hatred.”
Seattle-based activist and author Dan Savage launched the “It Gets Better Project” to provide support and encouragement to LGBT teens struggling with bullying and adversity.