“Tweet Me,” say Celebs on LGBT Outreach YouTube Channel

6 10 2010

In the last three weeks, there have been SEVEN reported suicides amonst teens identifying themselves with the LGBT community.

From Saugus, MA to Houston, TX to Tehachapi, CA- young men were driven by a not-so-normal breed of childhood bullies to hang, shoot, or drown themselves.

These facts and stories are horrific to hear, whether or not you are gay, straight, young, old, a parent, a student, Republican or Democrat.

As Sandra Bullock so beautifully stated in her 2010 Oscar acceptance speech:
“There’s no race, no religion, no class system, no color- nothing- no sexual orientation, that makes us better than anyone else.
We are all deserving of love.”

 

Author and internationally syndicated columnist Dan Savage founded the It Gets Better Project after learning of the death of 15-year-old Billy Lucas of Greensburg, Indiana.

Rooted in the ever-popular and accessable YouTube site, the program encourages members of the LGBTQ community, and it’s allies, to make personal videos for gay youth.

In the two weeks since the channel was made, over 13,000 users have “subscribed” to Savage’s content and over 1 million people have viewed the video posts.

Getting in on the action are some of Hollywoods most outspoken gay and lesbian figures: gossip blogger Perez Hilton, actor Neil Patrick Harris, and TV personality/comedianne Ellen DeGeneres. 

[ CLICK HERE for PEREZ HILTON “It Gets Better” VIDEO]

A few celebrities who have reached out on an even more personal level, encouraging the troubled, questioning teens to talk to THEM, if no one else.  Pop-rocker Joel Madden (of Good Charlotte) and 90s boy-bander AJ McLean (of the Backstreet Boys) back up their “it gets better” claims with the promise to be there for these frustrated, hurt, struggling kids themselves- citing their personal, individual availability on Twitter.  

[JOEL MADDEN VIDEO FOR IT GETS BETTER CAMPAIGN] –
@ [FOLLOW JOEL MADDEN ON TWITTER] @

 

[AJ MCLEAN SPEAKS TO GAY YOUTH VIA TRENDING YOUTUBE PROGRAM] –
@ [FOLLOW AJ MCLEAN ON TWITTER] @

 

We cannot let there be any more…  RIP
             Tyler Clementi, 18, Ridgewood NJ
             Seth Walsh, 13, Techachapi CA
             Billy Lucas, 15, Greensburg IN
             Asher Brown, 13, Houston TX
             Raymond Chase, 18, Monticello NY
             Felix Sacco, 17, Saugus MA
             Harrison Chase Brown, 15, Rand CO

 

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