(WASHINGTON) -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton taped a message aimed at LGBT youth on Tuesday. The video, posted online on the U.S. Department of State's website, comes after the recent trend of suicides by teenagers who were victims of bullying.
"Like millions of Americans, I was terribly saddened to learn of the recent suicides of several teenagers across our country after being bullied because they were gay or because people thought they were gay," Clinton says in the message. "Children are particularly vulnerable to the hurt caused by discrimination and prejudice and we have lost many young people over the years to suicide. These most recent deaths are a reminder that all Americans have to work harder to overcome bigotry and hatred."
Clinton goes on to advise young people who are being bullied to "hang in there and ask for help." She adds that their lives are important and that many opportunities await them.
"So take heart, and have hope, and please remember that your life is valuable, and that you are not alone. Many people are standing with you and sending you their thoughts, their prayers and their strength. Count me among them," Secretary Clinton says, concluding the video message.
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