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Quotes from the ‘It Gets Better’ campaign

‘It Gets Better’

“As a nation we’re founded on the belief that all of us are equal and each of us deserves the freedom to pursue our own version of happiness; to make the most of our talents; to speak our minds; to not fit in; most of all, to be true to ourselves. That’s the freedom that enriches all of us. That’s what America is all about And every day, it gets better.”

President Barack Obama

“We have an obligation to change this. We can’t let intolerance and ignorance take another kid’s life. Things will get easier, people’s minds will change, and you should be alive to see it.”

Ellen DeGeneres

Talk show host

“People are listening to you, people are supporting you. And if you could just have faith that things will change, and stick in there, I promise you it will get better. Is it going to be easy? No. Nothing in life is. Is it worth the struggle? It is. There is nothing greater in life than to be able to be who you are.”

Suze Orman

Personal finance guru

“Just know that there are people and communities all across this country who care about you and are working to make your lives better.”

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.)

“In America’s rich history, we’ve overcome barriers and obstacles before: for women, and for religious, racial, and ethnic minorities. And we are doing it again for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Americans. Bullying contradicts our American values and our aspirations. Diversity is an American strength.”

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)

“You should be proud of who you are, because it’s not a choice to be who you are. You were made this way. As Lady Gaga says, you were born this way.”

Perez Hilton

Online gossip columnist

“Your life is so important — to your family, you friends, and to your country. 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. And in the process, they create a community of support and solidarity that endures.”

Hillary Rodham Clinton

U.S. Secretary of State

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