Brittany Novotny, who mounted a bid for Oklahoma State Representative Sally Kern's seat, has reached out to troubled gay teens.

In a new It Gets Better video, Novotny says she recognized she was living in the wrong body at a very early age.

“One day when I was in third grade, a boy I went to school with in Moore, Oklahoma came to school using a new word he had come up with: transsexual,” she says. “I was one of the targets of this new word.”

“I remember going to bed as a kid and praying at night for God to make me wake up as a little girl. I just knew there had been a big mistake.”

Novotny adds that she tried to bury her feelings in high school, but after college she was ready to accept her reality.

“I graduated law school in 2005 and almost immediately I set out to complete my gender transition.”

“Now, I'm 30 years old. I have my own law practice in Oklahoma, City. And I was Oklahoma's first openly transgender political candidate.” (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.

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.