Ke$ha is the latest star to add her voice to the “It Gets Better” campaign , aimed at helping gay, bisexual and transgender youth find hope in the face of despondency over teasing and bullying.
“To anybody who’s being bothered or abused or harassed or bullied, I just want to tell you that it will get better, it will,” the normally high-energy singer says in a sedate, near-whisper of a voice in the one-minute, black-and-white clip that was posted on YouTube on Tuesday.
Speaking directly into the camera, she continues, “No matter if you are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, however you are choosing to live is beautiful and you have my full support and all of my love. And be yourself and it will get better. When people are mean for no reason it’s horrible, but I swear to God it will get better. And please don’t ever give up. And I love you guys.” The singer appears to be near tears by the end of the video, which joins hundreds of others in the series.
“When a gay teenager commits suicide, it’s because he can’t picture a life for himself that’s filled with joy and family and pleasure and is worth sticking around for,” said “Savage Love” columnist Dan Savage, who started the project in response to the suicide of a gay teen who had been bullied. “So I felt it was really important that, as gay adults, we show them that our lives are good and happy and healthy and that there’s a life worth sticking around for after high school.”
Among the other stars who’ve spoken out on the topic are Anne Hathaway, Kristin Cavallari and “Vampire Diaries” stars Ian Somerhalder, Candice Accola and Katerina Graham, who are featured in the one-minute online video which urges individuals to reach out to the Trevor Project, a confidential suicide hotline for gay and questioning youth.
The PSA comes on the heels of the death of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi , who committed suicide after his roommate reportedly publicized his sexual relations with another man. Since then, numerous celebrities, such as Daniel Radcliffe , have spoken out against the bullying of gay youth, while others, like Perez Hilton , have filmed their own “It Gets Better” videos.
The issue of bullying — and digital abuse — of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender teenagers has become a national story over the past week in the wake of Clementi’s death, which came following his leap from the George Washington Bridge after his roommate secretly taped (and subsequently posted) video of him having a sexual encounter with another man.
“Anybody whose privacy was invaded the way Tyler Clementi’s privacy was invaded would’ve been outraged, humiliated and embarrassed and angry, but we have to ask ourselves: What pushed him to suicide?” Savage said. “I suspect that Tyler Clementi, as we find out more about him, we’ll find that he was a victim of bullying in high school, bullying in middle school … It’s really hard to look at this suicide and not see, perhaps, the culmination of years and years of abuse, and a moment — for Tyler Clementi — of despair.”
And with the Clementi case making headlines nationwide, It Gets Better has been flooded with videos from all around the world of LGBT men and women looking to share their stories, to spread hope.