Senators Release ‘It Gets Better’ Video

Jun 30, 2011 6:49am

ABC News' Sherisse Pham reports: Thirteen democratic senators released their contribution to the It Gets Better Project, a video campaign aimed at preventing suicide among bullied lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth.

“In my view these videos are saving lives,” said Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., in a press conference today. 

 The video unveiled Wednesday features Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Mark Udall (D-Colo.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).The senators began working on it about two months ago, said Coons.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., states her support of gay marriage in the video. Last week, New York became the largest state to legalize gay marriage.

“Every loving couple should have the right to be married, to be able to celebrate that love, that commitment with all of their friends and loved ones around,” says Gillibrand.

“Sexual orientation should not be a factor in a person's access to equality,” says Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., at another point on in the video.

“And it certainly shouldn’t be the policy of the United States government,” adds Coons. 

“It is a really an incredible moment for the campaign,” said Scott Zumwalt, project manager of the It Gets Better Project, “and something we couldn't imagine happening ten months ago.”

Since launching last September, the campaign has received more than 20,000 videos from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults. The project’s YouTube channel also includes videos from President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and the Chicago Cubs.


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