Celebrities help local “It gets better” effort
Oct 4, 2010, 4:30 AM | Updated: Mar 28, 2011, 3:46 pm
A few weeks ago Dan Savage, a Seattle gay rights activist and sex advice columnist for The Stranger, launched the “It gets better” YouTube channel to support and encourage homosexual teens.
That effort has now gotten support from several celebrities, with new videos posted from Neil Patrick Harris of “How I Met Your Mother,” Ellen DeGeneres, the cast of the Broadway show “Wicked,”
Harris says while teens spend most of their young lives trying to fit in, “when you get older you find that people are attracted drawn to individuals with different points of view who are proud of who they are.”
These new videos are posted as several hundred gathered last night near the Rutgers University student center for a candlelight vigil in honor of Tyler Clementi, a freshman who killed himself nearly two weeks ago after his roommate secretly videotaped his sexual encounter with a gay partner, and then put it on the Internet.
“For the love of Pete, there’s no need to harm yourself if something’s going bad,” Harris says.