Outspoken: Ricky Martin, Carl Paladino, Chris Colfer and more…

“It’s a terrible tragedy and it has turned a harsh spotlight on an issue that often doesn’t get the public attention it deserves: the struggles of LGBT youth, the enormous pain that too many experience as a result of bullying and the desperate, tragic decision by some young people who feel that their only recourse is to take their own lives.”

Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to President Obama, responding to the recent rash of gay youth suicides, during remarks to the Oct. 10 national Human Rights Campaign dinner

“I know what it’s like to be bullied and teased every single day, and I know that it may seem like there is no chance of happiness left. But I promise you there is a world full of acceptance and love just waiting for you to find it.”

— Actor Chris Colfer, who plays Kurt Hummel on “Glee,” in a PSA for The Trevor Project, a national 24-hour, toll-free confidential hotline for gay and questioning youth. (TrevorProject.org)


Top photo: Pop singer Ricky Martin (by B. Proud/Human Rights Campaign)