The Obama campaign on Wednesday released a video featuring the president discussing his support for gay rights.

In the 5-minute video, which is narrated by Jane Lynch, who plays coach Sue Sylvester on the Fox comedy-musical Glee, Obama said meeting the mother of slain gay student Matthew Shepard nudged him on his evolution.

“Meeting people like Judy Shepard, and not only hearing the heartbreaking tragedy of Matthew but also the strength and determination she brought to making sure that never happens to young people anywhere in the country again,” Obama said.

“Those stories made me passionate about this issue,” he added.

Matthew Shepard is the 21-year-old University of Wyoming student who was beaten, shackled to a post and left to die in a field by two men he had met in a gay bar. He was found comatose but died five days later on October 12, 1998.

Judy Shepard met with Obama in 2009 to discuss the federal hate crimes bill. She was present at the bill's signing ceremony.

“I don't think there's been a single moment in which LGBT issues became important to me,” Obama said in the video. “I think it's an accumulation of a lifetime of friends and family – people I've gotten to know, who have helped me understand how the fight for LGBT rights is consistent with that most important part of America's character, which is to constantly expand opportunity and fairness to everybody.”

Obama added that the gay community needs a strong advocate in the White House. “I am that strong advocate,” he said. (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)