Saturday, October 23, 2010

President Obama Tells Gay Teens “It Gets Better”

President Barack Obama joined the hundreds of people offering online support to the gay community in an official video posted to YouTube this morning.

In the video, President Obama expressed his shock and sadness for the gay teens who killed themselves after being bullied. He raised his own concerns as a parent and called for an end to bullying, saying, “We have an obligation to ensure that our schools are safe for all of our kids.”

The video quickly turns more personal when President Obama addresses the viewer directly, imploring them, “You are not alone. You didn’t do anything wrong. You didn’t do anything to deserve being bullied… There are people out there who love you and care about you just the way you are.” Those struggles will lead to greater pride later in life and the desire to stand up against discrimination of any kind, Obama said.

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