Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank has
reached out to gay teens in a second It Gets Better video.
The It Gets Better Project was founded
by gay activist Dan Savage. The group's website hosts thousands of
videos from everyday folks to elected officials and celebrities
encouraging troubled gay teens considering suicide to hang in there,
because life gets better.
In July, the 71-year-old, openly gay
Frank appeared in a video for the campaign along with Democratic
members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation. Missing from
the video was Senator Scott Brown, the delegation's only Republican.
“It gets better for two reasons,”
Franks says in the nearly 2 minute video. “As you get older you
deal with people who are more mature, with people who are not prone
to the kind of problems frankly that teenagers inflict on each other.
But it's also getting better because of projects like this. And
because of the courage of people of your generation.”
“Because as we look at America, the
younger people are, the less likely they are to be prejudiced and
that's to a great extent to your credit. Because gay and lesbian and
bisexual and transgender youth all over America no longer hide the
way my generation did. And by being honest about yourselves you're
liberating people from their prejudice.” (The video is embedded in
the right panel of this page.)