The popular YouTube internet campaign, "It Gets Better", was started in September of this year by columnist Dan Savage, as a way to send the message to young teenagers being bullied for their homosexuality that there is life beyond high school, and it does get better. In his own video message, he explained that he was raised in a "very Catholic" environment and was picked on for being "obviously gay". He wants today's teens to know, however, that life goes on, the world slowly changes, and he did overcome many of his struggles. Thousands of videos have since been uploaded by people who support this message and who, often, can share their own experiences with anti-gay bullying, including among them hundreds of celebrities.
Yesterday, Hillary Clinton joined the chorus. Clinton, who was the first U.S. First Lady ever to march in a gay pride parade and instituted equal benefits for same-sex partners of State Department employees last year, addresses gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender teens directly as she says, "Your life is so important -- to your family, your friends, and to your country. And there is so much waiting for you, both personally and professionally -- there are so many opportunities for you to develop your talents and make your contributions."
As Secretary of State, she has spoken on behalf of LGBT rights before. On June 22 of this year, at an event celebrating LGBT Month, Clinton said, "This is a human rights issue. Just as I was very proud to say the obvious more than 15 years ago in Beijing that human rights are women's rights and women's rights are human rights, well, let me say today that human rights are gay rights and gay rights are human rights, once and for all."
Today, October 20th, has been designated Spirit Day, and people around the world have been encouraged to wear purple as a reminder of the recent gay teen suicides. Hillary Clinton's message couldn't have come at a more appropriate time. Watch below as she assures gay teens that, "Many people are standing with you and sending you their thoughts, their prayers, and their strength. Count me among them."