Thirteen Democratic Senators released a video delivering a message of hope and support for gay and lesbian youth as part of the “It Gets Better” movement. In the video, the Senators proudly support equality for all Americans and express their belief that the political climate will soon allow for legislative changes. The movement asks Americans to record encouraging messages for gay and lesbian youth who are experiencing harassment.
Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) wrote an article for The Huffington Post encouraging his colleagues in Congress to work to create a safer and more equal country for gay and lesbian Americans. As Coons wrote, “the fact is, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth have more reason for optimism about their place in this country than ever. The equality movement has more momentum than it’s ever had.”
Of the participating Senators in the video, all support a repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, and most have co-sponsored legislation banning discrimination for students, employees, and families.
Participants in the video include Senators Coons, Mark Udall (D-CO), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Al Franken (D-MN), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).
Click below to watch the video.
President Obama released a video for the same movement in October.
Secretary Clinton also recorded a message of hope, echoing her mantra that “Gay rights are human rights.”
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