Jake Shears, the 32-year-old frontman of Scissor Sisters, says he's proud to be a role model to teens struggling with their sexuality, ContactMusic.com reported.

“I'm proud to be that,” Shears said. “I know what it's like to be a teenager, and what it's like to come out, and the difficulties of it all. And how it feels to be in school and be bullied.”

“When I read about suicides and gay teenagers it's so tragic. I don't think teenagers realize that it actually does get better. The minute you're done with high school your life gets better,” Shears said, referring to Dan Savage's It Gets Better Project, which urges troubled gay teens to hang in there. Savage, coincidentally, counseled Shears to come out his parents.

“If I'm the go-to for new gays, and if I can be someone that gay teenagers can look at as someone who's happy and who has made a good life for himself, then that's great.”

Shears advised gay teens to “remain exactly who you are.”