Rep. Jim Moran: Bullies Grow Up To Be Insecure Jerks (VIDEO)


In what has been called possibly the most blunt It Gets Better video to date, Rep. Jim Moran (D-Virginia) talks about his personal difficulties with public speaking, and says that people who can be honest about themselves are the kind of people the world needs.

Moran adds: “I didn’t happen to be born gay, but I’ve known an awful lot of bullies throughout my life. It’s interesting that they all grew up to be insecure jerks.”

He ends: “You need to believe in yourself.”

The Advocate has released a four page feature profiling Moran’s LGBT-rights advocacy that you can find here.

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Grace Adams
Grace Adams2 years ago

Moran's story is that you don't have to be gay to be bullied--bullies pick on anyone who is different that they feel they can get away with bullying.

Cynthia Nelson
Cynthia Nelson3 years ago

Wonderful video!Thank you!

michael m.
Mike m.4 years ago

This made my "favorites" list. Gotta remember to give a donation to this Rep. when he runs for re-election.

Jennifer C.
Past Member 4 years ago


Ashley S.
Rose Smith4 years ago

Holy cow! A politician aactually making sense!
That is very true :)

Margaret C.
Margaret C.4 years ago

Jim Moran for President!!! Where has he been?!

And Lilithe M., everywhere you turn on Capitol Hill (the Congress & Senate), you bump into a "insecure jerk!" I worked up there for a senator in the '80s, there were a few nice guys, but very few. But it's worse now because of the teapartyers. I feel for Moran.

K s Goh
KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Stella Nobrega-Garcia

The sad thing about bullies is that they were usually bullied themselves. We need to stop the cycle, help the bullied and work out why bullies became what they are.

Graham Hyatt
Graham Hyatt4 years ago

Well, for a very nice change no one has shown him/herself to be a bully and to disagree with Jim Moran. He's a real man, and much to be admired. It's about time people spoke out against the bullies of this world, evidence by such people as Cheney, Rumsfeld, and the Bush Gang - though I personally believe Bush himself was just a pawn - and brought them to the sort of justice they deserve to fit their crimes: in the case of the Bush Gang (war crimes!).

The only fly in ther ointment on this occasion is that semi-literate idiot, Lea J., who ignoring the subject of these comments, describes Barack Obama as a puppet. The trouble is, that when I have a gripe, I blame it on the puppeteer, not the puppet. A puppet is completely under the control of the puppeteer, and is not personally responsible, Lea J! You have to be a little simple if you don't recognize this fact!

Lilithe Magdalene

This one made me cry! I wonder how many of those "insecure jerks" he has to work with in Congress everyday...