Celebs Share Anti-Gay Bullying Sentiments on CNN
Out celebrities like Lance Bass, Tim Gunn, Nate Berkus, Wanda Sykes and Chely Wright appeared on a special episode of Larry King Live to address the tragic string of gay teen suicides and share their own memories of bullying.
Former N’Sync member Bass admitted to joining in on such harmful behavior when he was growing up and still in the closet. "When you're 13, 14, you just go along with what the other people are doing. You just want to fit in. You want to make sure that your friends like you," he admitted. "You're going to crack jokes, you're going to laugh along with it. And when you're a teenager, you're not really thinking, oh, I'm being a bully by laughing along with it... But you know, you're also a bully by condoning the behavior and making the jokes along with them."
Wanda Sykes echoed Sarah Silverman and Kathy Griffin’s statements that the behavior of our country’s government fed the hate happening in schools. "I believe that it is assisting. I'm not going to say that that's... the crux of it, because this has been going on for decades,” Sykes explained. “But I think maybe what's making people a little more vocal... is because of issues that -- like Don't Ask, Don't Tell and Prop 8. They're so much in the forefront right now of politics that maybe that's, you know, causing people to do more harm."
Kathy Griffin urged anyone affected by the suicides to act now. "If you're watching this at home and you feel enraged but helpless, you can help. All right, come see me at the Gibson Theater. Make a monetary donation. Come get a pamphlet. Sign up for the Trevor Project. Sign up for Give a Damn. Go talk to somebody."