Barney Frank, Jared Polis, Tammy Baldwin and David Cicilline, Congress' four openly gay representatives, reach out to gay teens in a new It Gets Better video.

The It Gets Better Project encourages troubled LGBT teens to not cave in to bullies, because life eventually gets better.

In the 3-minute video, the elected officials talk about their coming out experiences.

“Coming out publicly was the most frightening thing I've ever done and, also, the most freeing,” said Baldwin, a representative from Wisconsin who is running for the U.S. Senate.

Massachusetts Rep. Frank, the nation's longest-serving openly gay House member, said he has enormous admiration for young people who come out in their teens.

“When I first came to Washington in 1971, I came down to work for a member of Congress, Michael Harrington – a very good, liberal member of Congress – and I was at the time 31 years old. And I had a good job but I spent nights and weekends alone and terrified that someone would find out that I was gay. As the years went by obviously that began to change. I didn't have the courage to be honest about my sexuality until I was 47 years old and I had been a member of Congress for six years. And then I volunteered to come out,” Frank said.

Polis, a representative from Colorado in his second term, and Cicilline, a freshman representative from Rhode Island, added their messages of encouragement to gay teens.

“If a video like this one can help a scared young person who has been the victim of bullying or harassment see past their painful present to a happier future, then this has been worth it,” Polis said.

“Every young person, regardless of their sexual orientation, must feel safe and respected as equals,” said Cicilline. (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)