Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) on Tuesday delivered an impassioned speech against gay teen bullying on the Senate floor.

The video was posted on the website of the It Gets Better Project, which encourages troubled gay teens to hang in there and not cave in to bullies, because life gets better.

Brown talked about the need for legislation to make schools safer for gay teens and about the recent rash of gay teens bullied to death.

“As a father I can't bear to imagine the unspeakable pain endured by the parents of those teenagers who tragically took their own lives,” Brown said. “No parent should have to bury a child. No child should ever feel so hopeless and so forgotten and so alone and so isolated that suicide seems like its only escape.”

“We all have a role to play in preventing discrimination.”

“That's why the Senate must take crucial steps … to ensure that schools are safe places for learning. Safe places for students and not breeding grounds for bullying,” he added.

Brown goes on to urge senators to pass a gay-inclusive anti-bullying bill and a measure that would outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in publicly-funded schools. (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.