Washington (CNN) - Thirteen Democratic senators released a YouTube video Wednesday as part of the "It Gets Better" campaign, intended to offer hope to young lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender teens across the country.
The nearly five minute, highly produced, black and white video features the 13 senators who are all co-sponsors of a bill that would repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act. The video is part of a larger project aimed at LGBT youth who may be having a difficult time in school. The simple message is life does get better.
In the video the senators look directly at the camera and alternately give advice and encouragement to teens and underscore their commitment to gay rights.
Democratic Sen. Coons, Delaware, led the effort.
"These videos save lives," Coons said at a press conference.
"It gets better has become a truly remarkable movement and we and others in the Senate wanted to make a real contribution to it."
Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer, New York, also spoke at the press conference, just days after his home state passed a law allowing same-sex marriage.
"The strong bipartisan vote late Friday night in the New York State Senate sent a rousing message to LGBT kids through out my state, who yearn for acceptance, it really does get better," he said.
Syndicated columnist Dan Savage and his partner Terry Miller started the "It Gets Better" project in the fall of 2010 following the suicides of several teens after they allegedly suffered abuse from bullies as a result of their perceived sexual orientation.
The 13 senators in the video include: Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Maria Cantwell (WA), Coons, Dick Durbin (D-IL), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Al Franken (D-MN), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Schumer, Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) , Mark Udall (D-CO), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Ron Wyden (D-OR).
No Republican senators were asked to participate in the video.
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