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Jul222011

Stephen Colbert Breaks Character, Tells LGBT Teens 'It Gets Better'

Mike Coppola/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Stephen Colbert is the latest celebrity to tell lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth “It Gets Better.”

In a rare public move, Colbert breaks character in this video, and tells viewers he was frequently bullied as a teenager.

“I was called queer a lot,” Colbert said. Queer, he adds, was a common “weapon” used by bullies when he was younger. “This was the most hurtful thing, I think, that the bullies could think of calling you.”

The It Gets Better Project launched last September and in addition to a host of showbiz personalities, President Obama, a group of Democratic senators, Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton and the Chicago Cubs have all uploaded videos. The project aims to prevent suicide among bullied lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth.

Colbert's message does come just in time for the official repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and the first weekend same-sex marriages are legal in New York. His video was uploaded to the project’s web site Wednesday.

The comedian tells viewers about a friend who simultaneously reclaimed the word queer, and disempowered his bully.

“If you can, realize that the things people say about you don’t really matter,” said Colbert.

“It gets better,” Colbert adds. “And people get nicer, too.”

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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