Democratic senators release video for 'It Gets Better' campaign
June 29th, 2011
06:08 PM ET
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Democratic senators release video for 'It Gets Better' campaign

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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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Republican Robber Baron

    Sorry Senators...get to work doing something that truly WILL make things better for average middle-class Americans. Special interests should be addressed at the local government or state level. Or for that matter amongst our own families.

    Sexuality , Religion and other such topics are just culture war, divisive wedge issues that are distractions from the real issues.

    June 29, 2011 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  2. Jake

    much appreciated! beautiful message from great senators!

    June 29, 2011 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  3. Chris

    Thank you Senators

    June 29, 2011 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  4. Dikanogi Ageya

    This is great ... so go ahead and invite some GOP's ... it would be nice if they too would make one. If none accepts ... please let us know that too.

    June 29, 2011 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Our children need to know they are not alone and we love them all because we are all God's children. No one has the right to abuse and slander another person because of who they are or what they believe in. If you don't like gays/lesbians, leave them alone, if they don't bother you then don't bother them because hurting someone else doesn't make one a bigger or better person.

    June 29, 2011 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  6. Dave, Central Illinois

    When you can't produce results, resort to distraction. Where are the jobs Dems? Oops, let's talk about something else.

    June 29, 2011 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  7. The Difference

    And that should go to tell you that it is the DEMOCRATS who truly care about your children who may happen to be G-ay or Le-sbi-an in orientation. If it was left up to the Rep-ubl-icants they would just as soon throw them under the bus as they have been doing since time immemorial. The Democrats Care about you and your children and the high sui-cide rate among that community while it sure appears that the Rep-ubl-icants would be most content just watching on the sidelines or hearing about the sui-cides taking place and remaining complacent with their "do-nothing" attitude. Remember, even one life lost to sui-cide in this manner is one life too many to have to let go of! Therefore, the difference in political parties is clear and who's on your side.

    June 29, 2011 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    Does it? Really?

    Religion gets on your bad side, you can expect things to not only NOT get better, but to actually get worse.

    June 29, 2011 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |