Actress Judith Light says she wanted to be a part of the gay community after witnessing its courage in the face of adversity.

The 62-year-old Light made her remarks in a 4-minute-45-second It Gets Better video.

“When the AIDS pandemic came about, I was there for all of it. My friends were dying. And my friends were storming the FDA in order to get the drugs. And we were taking them to the hospital. And we were taking care of them. And we were going to funerals every week.”

“I watched a community of people – the LGBT community – rise like the Phoenix from the ashes of this pandemic. And I watched this community become the community that it is. In all its glory, in all its magic, in all its creativity.”

“And I wanted to be a part of it, because I thought those were the most extraordinary people that could take a situation and instead of becoming victims, become heroes. And become courageous.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

The It Gets Better Project encourages troubled gay teens to not cave in to bullies, because life gets better.