Sex advice columnist, author and founder of the It Gets Better Project Dan Savage has praised President Barack Obama's support of gay teens.

In a videotaped message for the campaign, Obama says he was “shocked and saddened” to learn about the recent spate of gay teens bullied to death.

“As a parent of two daughters it breaks my heart,” Obama says. “It's something that just shouldn't happen in this country.”

“We have to dispel this myth that bullying is just a normal rite of passage. That it's some inevitable part of growing up. It's not.”

Obama adds that he sympathizes with gay teens being bullied because they are different: “I don't know what it's like to be picked on for being gay. But I do know what it's like to grow up feeling that sometimes you don't belong. It's tough.”

In an appearance Monday on the Seattle-based talk show New Day Northwest, Savage said he was moved by the president's comments.

“I thought it was very important that he made the video that he did and he said so emphatically to LGBT kids that there is nothing wrong with you,” Savage told his host. “And by implication, what he's saying is there is something wrong with the people that are telling you that there is something wrong with you.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

Other political leaders who have added their voices to the project include Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, New York Governor David Paterson and UK Prime Minister David Cameron.