The first elected GOP officials have contributed to a video for the ‘It Gets Better‘ project.
New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg’s office invited members of the state congressional delegation to tape a message as part of the “It Gets Better” campaign aimed at lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered youth.
Three Republican members of the delegation — Reps. Leonard Lance, Frank LoBiondo and Jon Runyan — joined seven Democrats, including the state’s two Democrat senators in this video.
The project started by activist Dan Savage last year has led to videos from political leaders throughout the world, including an early contribution by President Obama. More than 25,000 videos have now been produced.
“This video is a message to kids in New Jersey and around the country – we are on your side, and we are here to tell you that it gets better,” Lautenberg said in a news release.
Lance predicts that “respect and acceptance will grow day by day.” And Runyan says, “The things that make us different are the things that make our country strong.”
New Jersey is home to Rutgers University, where student Tyler Clementi famously killed himself last year after being secretly recorded in a sexual encounter that was posted on the Internet.
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