True Blood’s Sam Trammel: Bullies Are Insecure


Actor Sam Trammel has recorded a video for the It Gets Better campaign.

In the video Trammel, who plays Sam Merlotte in HBO’s hit supernatural drama True Blood, says that “Right now there are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered or questioning youths contemplating suicide, and you might be one of them. And if you are, I have a very important message for you: It gets better.”

He goes on to say that people bully other people because they themselves are insecure and that it is important to realize the microcosm of school does not represent the outside world.

Watch the PSA below:

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

Don’t Suffer in Silence, Get Help

The Trevor Project runs a 24/7 helpline with trained counselors ready to listen if you or someone you know would like to talk about the issues dealt with in this post.

The Trevor Project Helpline number is 1-866-4-U-TREVOR (1-866-488-7386).Trevor Project Links:

Related Reading:
True Blood’s Nelsan Ellis: It Gets Better
Anna Paquin on Bisexuality and Prejudice
GLAAD Scores TV Networks on LGBT Inclusion

Image taken from the HBO PSA under fair use terms, no infringement intended.

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Gemma M.

There are many causes why a kid bullies another kids, but whatever they are, they should be addressed, something that I'm afraid it's not currently being done enough nowadays.

K s Goh
KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Christine S.

Excellent message- bullies suck, but they don't stay with you forever!

Alok Kumar Ray
Alok Kumar Ray4 years ago

Yes bullies are there in every society.A sensitive and healthy society develops a network of people who can be reached out to.such help though is often not available in every country.

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.4 years ago


Alexandra Rodda
Alexandra Rodda4 years ago

It is true. Bullies are insecure. In this case they are most likely insecure about their own sexuality.

Helen S.
Helen Strong4 years ago

Sorry guys, bullies don't go away... they just use other weapons in the "big world". In the office situation they shout, intimidate, and treat you badly. Threaten to fire you / not pay bonuses etc. You do need to stand up to them otherwise they take your happiness away. Often the only way to deal with it is to remove yourself from the situation... not by suicide, but if getting them moved out is not possible, move yourself out. There are hundreds of nice people out there that are "available" to be your friends.

Victoria M.
Past Member 4 years ago

you may not have a choice of what is done to you but you do choose what you do to others.

no excuse for bullies.


Nancy Roussy
Nancy Roussy4 years ago

I am insecure and I have never bullied anyone! I am also shy, depressed, lonely, have no real friends, no self-confidence, my family have never been close, have a bad temper, watch violent movies, read violent books, and the list of things I could use as excuses goes on and on and still I have never bullied anyone.

Camila K.
Kamila A.4 years ago

Some bullies may be insecure, but some are antisocially disordered personality types, who are the psychopathic killers and criminals without conscience. Unfortunately, there is little help possible for these people to change them. They believe that they are smarter than you and that you are a sucker. If you meet one, you can tell by the way they have no light in their eyes. Get away from them, you will get hurt.