Anderson Cooper Joins Slew of Stars Sticking Up for Gay Teens

Having once been a closeted gay teen in an all-boys high school, Hilton said he's wholeheartedly committed to this cause.

"What's really powerful is to admit and acknowledge that we've all been bullies," he said. "I've been a bully, I can still be a bully on my website. The point is to not be a bully to the point where someone is going to want to kill themselves -- threatening violence, calling them homophobic names repeatedly. I'm not asking anyone to be perfect. I'm not perfect. I just want people to engage in this conversation."

Droves of stars are speaking out about their own experiences being bullied and what teens and adults can do about bullying. Take a look at ten more of the anti-bullying movement's loudest celebrity advocates:

Rutgers Cyberbullying Suicide
Rutgers Cyberbullying Suicide

Kathy Griffin

"I think that the way that we had trickle-down economics in the '80s, this is trickle-down homophobia. And I really want people to connect the dots. And that's why I believe there's a connection between Prop 8, 'don't ask, don't tell,' and now the string of teen suicides. It's almost sanctioned to bully gay people and treat them as second-class citizens. And I get very nervous when the parents of these so-called bullies defend them, saying, 'Oh, kids will be kids,' when you find out that the teen suicide rate is four times higher for a gay person."

"I've been bullied. And you know what hurts? The collusion. I remember one time I was getting my butt kicked in a park when I was a little kid. And I'll never forget a guy walking by with a briefcase, just walking by. And I feel like at this time we can't be that guy anymore. We can't walk by anymore." -- "Larry King Live," Oct. 4.

Tim Gunn

"[The bullying] was serious enough and I felt desperate enough that I wanted to end my own life. And I'm very lucky that my suicide attempt was not successful ... I fundamentally don't understand it. I've never been a bully. And it's largely because ... I was always the object of bullying. And it was just a horrible way to grow up, and to live in fear of going into a playground behind the school or walking home from school. It's an awful way to live every day." -- "Larry King Live," Oct. 4.

Chris Colfer

"I know what it's like to be bullied and teased every single day. And I know that it may seem like there is no chance at happiness left. But I promise you there is a world full of acceptance and love just waiting for you to find it." -- YouTube video uploaded Oct. 4.

Sarah Silverman

"Dear America, when you tell gay Americans they can't serve their country openly or marry the person that they love, you're telling that to kids too, so don't be f**king shocked and wonder where all these bullies are coming from that are torturing young kids and driving them to kill themselves because they're different -- they learned it from watching you." -- YouTube video uploaded Oct. 4.

Neil Patrick Harris

"For the love of Pete, there's no need to harm yourself if something is going bad. You can act with strength, you can act with courage, you can act with class. Stand tall, be proud of who you are. This is a good time that we live in, and we're being granted more and more rights. And that's awesome, and it will continue in that direction. Yeah – be proud." -- MTV Public Service Announcement posted Oct. 1.

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