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Ryan Murphy plans anti-gay bullying episode and Chris Colfer promises “It Gets Better”

October 21, 2010

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Apologies for my lack of posting as of late, gleeks! My day job is kicking my butt right now, but I’ll be back in action properly come next week. Since yesterday was Spirit Day, I thought I’d do a quick post on recent Glee-related news, in the wake of the four gay teen suicides earlier this month.

According to E! Online, Ryan Murphy is working on an episode that will address the day-to-day fear and isolation that many LGBTQ teens face. The article goes on to quote Matthew Morrison, Heather Morris, and Kevin McHale, with their thoughts on the importance of tackling this topic on the show, but the most powerful sentiments came from Jessalyn Gilsig:

“What’s unique about Glee is we have this audience of kids and adults. Just as it’s important to send this message to the kids about bullying and the effect it can have, we have to send it to the parents. We have to send it to the teachers. It’s the adults who have to start taking responsibility and managing this behavior and educating youth on acceptance, empathy, and compassion. In a sense, I can’t even demonize the children as much as I do the families that need to know. Parents and the administration need to take responsibility.”

Chris Colfer also recently spoke out against gay bullying in a PSA for The Trevor Project, a national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among LGBTQ youth. Watch his amazing contribution to the “It Gets Better” series of videos below:

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