Glee co-stars Naya Rivera and
Cory Monteith, and the Jersey Shore's Vinny Guadagnino, star
in a new anti-bullying campaign from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance
Against Defamation (GLAAD).
“13 million kids will be bullied in
the U.S. this year. 3 million students are absent each month because
they feel unsafe at school,” Rivera says in one of the public
service announcements. “There are many ways to help, from standing
up for a kid at school, to teaching kids about acceptance and love.”
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The campaign was released ahead of
Friday's New York and Los Angeles opening of the documentary film
Bully, which is being
released without a rating after the Motion Picture Association of
America's (MPAA) decision to give it an R rating was protested by
Michigan teen Katy Butler.
In the film, which is being distributed
by The Weinstein Company, viewers meet the victims of bullies,
including 12-year-old Alex from Sioux City, Iowa and 16-year-old
Kelby from Tuttle, Oklahoma. Kelby's ordeal began after she came out
GLAAD's campaign urges viewers to visit
the film's website, thebullyproject.com.