In commenting on Jamie Hubley's death, Rick Mercer, a Canadian comedian, television personality and political satirist, says more gay folks need to come out.

Hubley is the 15-year-old teen from Ottawa, Canada who was bullied to death after he announced he was gay.

In his 90-second video rant, Mercer says it's not enough to tell gay teens that it will eventually “get better,” a reference to the It Gets Better campaign that urges LGBT teens to hang in there, because life gets better.

“It's no longer good enough for us to tell kids who are different that it's going to get better,” Mercer says. “We have to make it better now.”

Mercer argues that it should no longer be acceptable for gay public figures to remain closeted.

“If you're gay and you're in public life, I'm sorry, you don't have to run around with a Pride flag and bore everyone, but you can't be invisible, not anymore,” he says. (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

The openly gay Mercer, however, was criticized for not declaring his own sexual orientation in the video.