In the wake of recent suicides reportedly related to anti-gay taunting, such as Rutgers student Tyler Clementi and 13-year-old Seth Walsh , MTV has teamed up with the Jed Foundation and actress Brittany Snow, with support from DoSomething.org, the Trevor Project, Reach Out, Active Minds and the Ad Council for the Love Is Louder initiative. The campaign strives to provide messages of hope and love to young people who feel they have no place to turn.
High-profile faces are joining Snow in an effort to remind teens that support is available, regardless of the challenges they may face. “Jersey Shore” castmember Vinny Guadagnino has recently stepped up to remind young people that although taunts can hurt, there is always relief from the pain.
“I want you to know that I know how it feels to be bullied and disrespected. But I also want you to know that there’s always, always love and support all around you,” Guadagnino said in a video posted on Your.MTV.com on Friday. “So make sure you give love [and] receive love [because] love is a lot louder than abuse.”
Like Guadagnino, Snow remembered being bullied when she was younger and was touched by the shocking suicides of young people like Clementi and Walsh. The “Hairspray” star recently explained to MTV News that she wanted to orchestrate a project that not only comforts teens but empowers them. So, she connected with her pal Courtney Knowles, executive director of the Jed Foundation, to launch an inspiring enterprise.
“Love Is Louder is a movement that is hopefully going to bring some awareness and make some noise when it comes to teens who are feeling suicidal or even just sad, outcasts, and being bullied, and really feel like they have nowhere to turn to,” Snow explained. “It’s a place where people who have been through it can support them and share their stories, [so they will know] that they’re not alone, and that there’s a place for people to put their experiences and hope.”
For more information and to get involved with Love Is Louder, visit the project’s Facebook page. You can also upload videos to Your.MTV.com, just like Brittany and Vinny did. You can also keep the conversation going on Twitter by using the hashtag #loveislouder.