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Oct072010

Celebrities Sticking Up for Gay Teens After Recent Suicides

Photo Courtesy - ABC News Radio(LOS ANGELES) -- In September, at least five teenage boys committed suicide after being tormented for being gay -- most recently Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi.  Now, actors, musicians, comedians and celebrity personalities are making moves to stop teen bullying.

Kathy Griffin is donating all proceeds of her Dec. 16 comedy show at Los Angeles' Gibson Universal Amphitheatre to The Trevor Project, an organization focused on suicide prevention among LGBT youth.  Advice columnist Dan Savage created the "It Gets Better" Project, in which people can upload videos to YouTube offering support and hope to LGBT teenagers. 

Gossip blogger Perez Hilton joined Savage's effort and is urging celebrities to jump on the bandwagon as well.

"I lost about 200,000 followers on Twitter because I was tweeting these celebrities to ask them to make videos," Hilton told ABC News.  "I don't regret it.  I'd do it again.  I'm happy I lost 200,000 followers on Twitter because I was able to get a lot of celebrities to make videos."

Among them: Tim Gunn, Sarah Silverman, Ashley Tisdale, Jewel and Eve.  The list keeps growing.  Hilton said he talked with Glee creator Ryan Murphy about having the cast of the Fox hit show make a video and working an anti-bullying theme into Glee's storyline.

Having once been a closeted gay teen in an all-boys high school, Hilton said he's wholeheartedly committed to this cause.

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio

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