Cindy McCain Hits Out at DADT in NOH8 Anti-Bullying PSA (VIDEO)

Senator John McCain has been a vocal opponent of repealing the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy, and has said that he will oppose all attempts at passing a legislative repeal of the open service ban during the lame duck session of Congress. His wife Cindy McCain, on the other hand, has again come out fighting for LGBT rights in a new anti-bullying campaign produced by NOH8.

In the newly released PSA, created as a response to an ongoing spate of teen suicides related to anti-LGBT bullying, Cindy McCain comments on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and all legislation that discriminates against LGBTs, saying:

  • “Our political and religious leaders tell LGBT youth that they have no future.” 
  • “They can’t serve our country openly.”
  • “Our government treats the LGBT community like second class citizens — why shouldn’t they [other kids]?”

You can watch the PSA below:

The cast of the PSA includes: Tom Bergeron, Slash, Antonio Cromartie, Dr. Drew, Steph Jones, Bridget Marquardt, Cindy McCain, Dave Navarro, Jeff Probst, Denise Richards, Angela Simmons Gene Simmons and Kat Von D.

Transcript: An Anti-Bullying Message from the NOH8 Campaign

Video: Each celebrity, wearing white, speaks against a white background.

Gene Simmons: “How serious is bullying?”

Denise Richards: “Nine out of ten LGBT students have been bullied at school this year alone.”

Angela Simmons: “The harassment has caused two-thirds of these students to feel unsafe…”

Steph Jones: “…and twenty-eight percent of them to drop out.”

Jeff Probst: “Bullying has led to an epidemic of LGBT teen suicides that has sent shock waves through the community.”

Dr. Drew: “There are over 30,000 suicides each year.”

Richards: “That’s one suicide every seventeen minutes.”

Bridget Marquardt: “For every completed suicide…”

Kat Von D: “…there’s an estimated 100 to 200 attempts.”

Dr. Drew: “LGBT teens are 6 to 9 times more likely to attempt suicide than their straight peers.”

Dave Navarro: “More than a quarter of transgender youth and a third of lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth have attempted suicide.

Slash: “And these numbers just reflect those who have reported abuse.”

Marquardt: “You might be asking yourself…”

Tom Bergeron: “How can these statistics be so high?”

Gene Simmons: “What’s convincing these kids that things won’t get better?”

Jones: “Look around!”

Cindy McCain: “Our political and religious leaders tell LGBT youth that they have no future.”

Navarro: “They can’t get married.”

Jones: “They can’t donate blood.”

McCain: “They can’t serve our country openly.”

Antonio Cromartie: “They’re not even allowed to adopt in certain states.”

Kat Von D: “What are these kids supposed to think?”

Drew: “They’re being shown by the adults in our country that there are no solutions to their problems.”

Bergeron: “What’s worse, these laws that legislate discrimination…”

Probst: “…teach bullies that what they’re doing is acceptable.”

McCain: “Our government treats the LGBT community like second-class citizens, why shouldn’t they?”

Cromartie: “The homophobia trickles down to our youth.”

Slash: “Kids are taught by example.”

Angela Simmons: “These biases are learned.”

Marquardt: “Bullying does not stop at kids or schools, either.”

Probst: “It can happen anywhere.”

Richards: “From the workplace to the home.”

Gene Simmons: “Bullying isn’t always about fists. It often starts with a joke.”

Jones: “Saying, ‘That’s so gay!’”

Navarro: “Mocking someone for being different.”

Slash: “It can all hurt.”

Drew: “In the age of Facebook, Twitter, and smart phones, sometimes there can be no escape from the torment.”

Bergeron: “The bullying is relentless.”

Cromartie: “All around them, all the time.”

Drew: “Enough is enough.”

Navarro: “This is our wake-up call.”

Jones: “Bullying isn’t harmless, or innocent, or kids being kids.”

Richards: “Our youth are being bullied to death.”

Gene Simmons: “You and I can’t continue to keep ignoring this problem anymore.”

Bergeron: “We have to hold ourselves accountable.”

Probst: “We have to set the example.”

Cromartie: “Parents, talk to your kids.”

Angela Simmons: “Kids, talk to your parents.”

Kat Von D: “Don’t be a bystander.”

Angela Simmons: “Be someone’s lifeline.”

Gene Simmons: “Take action!”

Marquardt: “Inaction can be just as bad as bullying itself.”

Bergeron: “If you make a mistake, fess up to it.”

Angela Simmons: “It’s never too late to change.”

Navarro: “We can never replace those we’ve lost.”

Gene Simmons: “But we can save lives now.”

Jones: “Be heard.”

Probst: “Be heard.”

Slash: “Be heard.”

Richards: “You never know who might be listening.”

Text on screen: NO H8

In January, Cindy McCain posed for a NOH8 campaign photoshoot to support legalizing equal access to marriage for same-sex couples. Cindy and John McCain’s daughter Meghan McCain has also been a vocal proponent of LGBT rights, posing for similar campaigns and discussing LGBT rights at various press engagements.

For more information on the NOH8 campaign itself, please click here.


Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin7 years ago

A very strong message from people that are reckognized by so many. It really helps when wellknown people address serious issues and the message gets out to the targets. Thanks for posting!

Barbara Erdman
Barbara E7 years ago

Thanx for posting

Manuela C.
Manuela C7 years ago

Kudos to that lady!

julia c.
julia C7 years ago

intollerance is in our lives eveyday one way or another for one thing or another, even in the thoughts of those who shout out for love and respect. (me included). i try to correct my negative thoughts when i catch myself.
that was a really good video. thank you.

Ron Avila
Ron Avila7 years ago


Janna O.
Janna O7 years ago

Thanks for including the transcript.

Dorothy Ferguson
Dorothy Ferguson7 years ago

Great to view and here people speaking out, the more the better.! FInally!!
To the person that mentioned that Cheney and McCain both had Gay daughters, he may have his facts wrong-but who cares!! It is their business and they are wonderful women, strong, decent and beautiful in all ways.

julie c.
julie c7 years ago

What's up with both Cheney and McCain having lesbian daughters? Weird.

beverly gannon
beverly gannon7 years ago

go girl

B J Hayes
B J Ellsworth7 years ago

Good job Cindy you Go Girl!