August 4th, 2011
01:11 PM ET
Cast members from HBO’s "True Blood" have filmed a series of PSAs for the It Gets Better Project, an Internet campaign started in September 2010 by columnist and author Dan Savage after a rash of suicides attributed to anti-gay bullying.
The project seeks to give hope to LGBT youth who are harassed for their sexual orientation and has received submissions from celebrities, politicians, and even the staffs of Pixar and Google, all encouraging young people that there is life after high school.
“High school, junior high school – your life hasn’t even started,” says "True Blood" creator Alan Ball. “The people who bully you are people who are so insecure that they have to make other people feel bad so they can feel good and they’re not going to stay with you your whole life.”
Cast members taking part in the campaign include not only the show’s lead characters – Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer and Alexander Skarsgard – but fan favorites Nelsan Ellis and Kristin Bauer as well.
“Being different makes you beautiful,” says Ellis. “Being different gives the world color.”
Rutina Wesley, who plays the outspoken Tara Thornton, expresses her message of hope through song. “Bullies suck. And high school sucks, but it eventually gets better. Remember, you’re perfect, just the way you are.”
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