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Anna Paquin to LGBT Teens: It Gets Better

Anna Paquin to LGBT Teens: It Gets Better

 

Actress Anna Paquin, star of HBO’s hit TV show True Blood, has recorded a video for the It Gets Better project.

The openly bisexual actress says in the PSA that she herself has been a victim of bullying, and while bullying “makes you feel like there’s something wrong with you,” there isn’t, and life does get better as you grow up and figure out how to be yourself.

Watch the PSA below:

This is one in a series of PSAs recorded by the True Blood cast, with videos from Alexander Skarsgard, Kristin Bauer, among several others.

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11:20PM PDT on May 19, 2012

Dawid B: what do you mean by 'homosexual disorder'?? Being homosexual is not a 'disorder' any more than being heterosexual is a 'disorder'. Being ignorant most definitely is. It's also a great disservice to society.

11:16PM PDT on May 19, 2012

Just perfect....there's an idiot here with the same name & last initial as me. Anna Paquin doesn't creep me out, for the record. I think it's great she made this PSA. Things do get better, no matter what situation you're in. There are many of us who are heterosexual who are very misunderstood as well. Very often because we don't agree with other heterosexuals who are bigoted & narrow minded & refuse to associate with those who are.

6:28PM PDT on Aug 8, 2011

Please be aware that some of the most bullied people in schools, are often the most intelligent, brightest students - regardless of their sexual orientation.

We live in a day and age when those who are homosexual can (most times, I hope) be open and honest about how *they* feel. We see them around us all the time, so I guess all of us just need to get used to it and let everyone live their life as they see fit - as long as it doesn't interfere with someone else's freedom to live their lives.

1:15PM PDT on Aug 8, 2011

It's sad that things like this are needed in this day and age, but it's nice to know it's available.

7:31AM PDT on Aug 7, 2011

wonderful Anna! I love True Blood and it's actors and staff are spokespersons for and true believers in this movement to assure and reassure teens, preteens, and adults that if they are being bullied or discriminated against in any way, from peers, parents, or other people in their daily lives, to hang in there and remember always that IT GETS BETTER, with time it gets easier to handle people's attitudes and bad remarks. It will get better. Don't give in to these insults and mistreatment or shunning by parents and friends.......they need to be educated and hopefully in time will come to accept your lifestyle and sexual orientation. If not, then you accept that you are a good person and have done nothing wrong, it is their ignorance and intolerance, not yours. You are a valuable person and will soon be out of school, out of your parents house, or whatever the situation. It's not permanent. Life gets better with time. get a good group of supporters and friends who share your view and keep in mind that people in powerful positions and all types of careers, even actors,actresses, musicians, etc. have LGBT citizens. I hope all who are bullying and being obnoxious and intollerant will learn from these strong people and educate themselves.

6:11AM PDT on Aug 7, 2011

Everyone is an individual & special in their own way so if you are bullied, keep in mind that nobody is perfect and you are unique!

2:23AM PDT on Aug 7, 2011

I was bullied in high school and it did get better in my 20s. I started modelling and did really well in my 20s. Travelled alot and worked with some fantastic creative people. Hang in there victims of bullying---high school is tough.

10:40AM PDT on Aug 6, 2011

I've always liked Anna and think she truly grew to become an intelligent and caring person, not to mentioned talented and pretty. Thanks Steve.

10:32AM PDT on Aug 6, 2011

Great job. But teenage years are filled with angst, peer pressure and unkindness to anyone different. Whether you are GLBT or heterosexual, it all gets better with age, more experience, confident and no peer pressure, if you know who you are!

10:31AM PDT on Aug 6, 2011

How commendable...I think all of Hollywoods young stars shoulf follow siut!

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