New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has reached out to troubled gay teens, saying New York City wants them.

“I have a message for you, New York City wants you,” Bloomberg says in his one-minute-six-second It Gets Better video. “New York has always been the place where anyone can go and be who they are supposed to be regardless of ethnicity, religion, gender or sexual identity.”

“We need you. We need your enthusiasm, your ideas, your passion, and your talents.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

The It Gets Better Project encourages troubled gay teens to hang in there and not cave in to bullies, because life gets better. The project was the idea of sex advice columnist (Savage Love) and gay rights activist Dan Savage.

Other lawmakers who have created a video include President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Britain's Conservative Party leader David Cameron and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

Bloomberg previously recorded a video urging New Yorkers to back gay marriage.