When Hillary Clinton speaks, you listen. The State Department released a video yesterday of Clinton telling LGBT youth to “hang in there,” making her the latest personality to join Dan Savage’s “It Gets Better” campaign. The campaign was created last month in response to the recent string of LGBT suicides, and highlights personal stories and celebrity PSAs as a way to show young people that the bullying, self-doubt and intolerance of adolescence do in fact improve.
For her own PSA, the Secretary of State included the obligatory patriotism, citing “the story of America is the story of people coming together to tear down barriers, stand up for rights and insist on equality, not only for themselves but for all people.” Her delivery is wooden at best, but it’s nonetheless a powerful message of support from the administration. And poor delivery or no, it’s hard to find fault with one of her final lines: “Take heart and have hope. Please remember that your life is valuable, and that you are not alone.”