October 4th, 2010
09:45 AM ET
Following the tragic suicide of Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi – who took his life on September 22 after his roommate secretly broadcast a recording of him having a sexual encounter with another man - Neil Patrick Harris is reaching out to gay youth and urging them to "be proud."
In a recorded message for MTV, the 37-year-old openly gay "How I Met Your Mother" star - who is expecting twins with partner David Burtka – acknowledged, "When you're young, when you're in elementary school, when you're in high school, it's important to try and fit in and be accepted and to be part of the average. Everyone does it, that's the way it goes."
But, Harris added, those who get bullied or feel like an outsider should know things will get better.
"When you get older, you find that people are actually drawn to individuals with different points of view who are proud of who they are and who make interesting and different and unique choices...at least I am," he said.
Ultimately, he wants struggling youth to not harm themselves and hold their heads up high.
"You can act with strength, you can act with courage, you can act with class and stand tall, be proud of who you are," Harris said. "This is a good time that we live in, and we're being granted more and more rights, and that's awesome, and it will continue in that direction. And, yeah, be proud."
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