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Himes Tells LGBT Youth: 'It Gets Better'

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-4th District, has joined the “It Gets Better” campaign with a video message to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth. Himes says that although it may be difficult now, there is “an accepting, tolerant world you’ll find, where you’re appreciated for who you are.”

“At a time when so much progress is being made for the LGBT cause, including repeal of 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell' at the national level, and passage of marriage equality in New York, I thought it was important to lend my voice to the effort to end discrimination against gay people — whether it happens in the courtroom or on the playground,” said Himes.

Sex and relationship columnist Dan Savage, in response to a series of suicides committed by LGBT youth, started the "It Gets Better” project in September. The project collects videos of personal messages to LGBT youth regarding bullying, suicide and self-esteem. More than 10,000 people, including other politicians and celebrities, have contributed a video to the project.

“Kids deserve to know that there are people out there who care about them and support them regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or anything else that makes them feel different,” said Himes, who encouraged his fellow congressmen to record videos to show LGBT youth they have the support of national leaders.

What do you think of the “It Gets Better” campaign? Do you think it’s effective?

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