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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.”

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Maroon 5's Adam Levine Joins Campaign to Prevent Teen Suicide

Photo Courtesy - A&M Octone RecordsMaroon 5's Adam Levine is the latest star to create a video in support of the "It Gets Better" campaign.

The campaign was started by writer Dan Savage in response to the rash of suicides among teenagers who were bullied due to their sexual orientation.  Its goal is to prevent suicide by having famous adults, both gay and straight, assure teens their lives will get better as they get older, even though things may seem bleak at the moment.

In his video, Levine agrees that he, too, hated high school, but tells kids, "If you can get through it, there is a whole world out there that exists beyond people treating you badly...there's a whole world beyond high school that is a lot better."

Addressing teens who are being bullied, he says, "Don't let them win....because it's such a terrible energy to spread."  To kids who are struggling, Adam says, "We support you, and we really do love you.  We've all been there before."

He finishes by saying, "Human beings treating each other like human beings is the most important thing on earth.  That's where it all starts. So we need to figure out how to do that."

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Ke$ha Makes Anti-Bullying Campaign Video

Photo Courtesy - RCA Music Group/Sony Music EntertainmentResponding to the growing issue of suicides among gay teens, Ke$ha has joined the "It Gets Better Campaign," which helps gay, bisexual and transgender kids find the strength to stand up to teasing and bullying.

In a video posted on YouTube, Ke$ha says, "To anyone who's being bothered, or abused, or harassed or bullied, I just want to tell you that it will get better."  She adds, "No matter if you are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, however you are choosing to live is beautiful, and you have my full support and all of my love."

She goes on to say, "When people are mean for no reason, it's horrible, but I swear to God, it will get better.  So please don't ever give up."

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