Anderson Cooper Joins Slew of Stars Sticking Up for Gay Teens

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"When you're 13, 14, you just go along with what the other people are doing. You just want to fit in. You want to make sure that your friends like you. So yeah, you're going to crack jokes, you're going to laugh along with it. And when you're a teenager, you're not really thinking, 'Oh, I'm being a bully by laughing along with it.' ... I think that's the main reason people do bully, is to look cool in front of your friends. But you've just got to realize you're not being cool at all. I mean, it's the stupidest thing to do." -- "Larry King Live," Oct. 4.

Margaret Cho

"When I was a teenager, I was bullied a lot, and I felt very insecure and very scared, and I didn't want to live. And I just want to reach out to these kids and make sure that they stay with us." -- People magazine, Oct. 5.

Wanda Sykes

"When society as a whole has basically told the kids that 'It's okay,' that 'We're a group that you can pick on, that you that don't have to treat as equal,' I mean, we see that in, you know, in the laws and everything else that's out here, in the churches that they preach that homophobia is wrong. You pretty much have given kids permission to disrespect and, you know, and to cause harm to the gay and lesbian community. -- "Larry King Live," Oct. 4.

Ellen Degeneres

"Being a teenager and figuring out who you are is hard enough without someone attacking you. My heart is breaking for their families, for their friends and for our society that continues to let this happen. These kids needed us. And we have an obligation to change this. There are messages everywhere that validate this kind of bullying and taunting. And we have to make it stop. We can't let intolerance and ignorance take another kid's life."

Hollywood Stands Up for Gay Bullying Victims

"And I want anyone out there who feels different and alone to know that I know how you feel. And there is help out there. And you can find support in your community. If you need someone to talk to, or if you want to get involved, there are some really great organizations listed on our website. Things will get easier. People's minds will change. And you should -- you should be alive to see it. " -- "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," Sept. 30.

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