Don’t be surprised if it feels like everywhere you go Tuesday (October 19) people are talking about the Love Is Louder campaign. That’s because the effort to support anyone who feels mistreated, misunderstood or alone is asking followers to “Turn Up the Volume” and make their voice heard from coast to coast tomorrow.
“I want to thank all of you for joining the Love Is Louder movement. Over 100,000 of you have tweeted out the message or visited our Facebook page and website. So many of you have uploaded pictures and videos. You’ve inspired me,” actress Brittany Snow, the face of the campaign, says in a video message. “So this Tuesday night, I’m going to throw a Love Is Louder party for some friends in Los Angeles to take pics and videos and to really make some noise. so anyone who feels mistreated, misunderstood or alone knows that Love Is Louder than any bully or any voice that causes them pain.”
Snow said she wants some help turning up the volume on the campaign, so she’s encouraging followers to get together with their friends and take photos and videos, write the campaign’s slogan on their hand or arm and tweet #loveislouder as much as possible. Other ideas include: making a #loveislouder sign and hanging it around your campus or community, or, if you live in one of the 16 places with LOVE statues (see the list below), show up at the statue at 8 p.m. ET to take group photos and chant “Love Is Louder.”
For more ideas on how to take part in the “Turn Up the Volume” event, visit LoveIsLouder.com.
“Hairspray” star Snow, in conjunction with the Jed Foundation and MTV and with the support of DoSomething.org, the Trevor Project, Reach Out, Active Minds and the Ad Council, teamed up to create the Love Is Louder project to spread a message of love and hope for teens who feel they’ve run out of options. The effort was launched in light of a spate of recent teen suicides linked to anti-gay bullying.
Among the celebrities who’ve uploaded their own Love Is Louder videos are Pink, Snow, “Jersey Shore” castmembers Vinny Guadagnino, Snooki and JWoww, Trey Songz and Drake.
LOVE statue locations:
» Indianapolis Museum of Art
» Sixth Avenue in New York
» E W Fairchild-Martindale Library at Lehigh University’s Asa Packer Campus in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
» Pratt Institute campus in Brooklyn, New York
» Scottsdale, Arizona, Civic Center
» John F. Kennedy Plaza “LOVE Park” in Philadelphia
» New Orleans Museum of Art’s sculpture garden
» Old School Square in Delray Beach, Florida
» Middlebury College campus in Middlebury, Vermont
» University of Pennsylvania campus in Philadelphia
» Museum of Art at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah
» Ursinus College campus in Collegeville, Pennsylvania
» Red Rock Resort Spa and Casino in Las Vegas
» Wichita State University campus in Wichita, Kansas
» City Park in New Orleans
» Winslow-Holbrook Memorial Park in Rockland, Maine
To spread a message of hope to victims of bullying and harassment, join MTV, Brittany Snow and the Jed Foundation in telling the world that Love Is Louder than hate. Visit the project’s Facebook page, upload videos to Your.MTV.com and use the hashtag #loveislouder on Twitter.