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Kevin Spacey's Christmas Eve Message: 'It Gets Better'

Actor speaks to everyone feeling despondent amid the holidays

(Newser) - Kevin Spacey, apparently like the pope , has delivered his annual Christmas Eve message, but this year the controversial actor struck a less-weird , more somber tone geared at those to whom the holiday season brings utter desolation and hopelessness instead of peace and joy. Spacey posted a 2.5-minute video, dressed...

Gay Anti-Suicide Activist Kills Himself

Just one month after making an 'It Gets Better' video

(Newser) - A 19-year-old gay filmmaker committed suicide this week, just a month after making an "It Gets Better" video, the Huffington Post reports. In that video, Eric James Borges, who went by EricJames, told a tale of brutal homophobia. He said he'd dropped out of high school after peers...

Santorum Hopes to Raise Money Off Google Insult

Asks supporters to help him fight back against Dan Savage

(Newser) - Sex columnist Dan Savage long ago turned Rick Santorum into an R-rated Google joke—the uninitiated can search "Santorum" to see for themselves—and now the GOP candidate is using it as a fundraising tool, reports Politico . "Yes, he may have the right to belittle and degrade us,...

Webby's Person of the Year Is ... a Computer

It's IBM's Jeopardy computer, Watson

(Newser) - The Jeopardy-playing IBM computer Watson has been named person of the year by the Webby Awards, which honor Internet achievement. But showing they've got nothing against humanity, the 2011 Webbys also will salute recently disbanded rock group LCD Soundsystem as artist of the year. (The band presented its final...

Bullied Teen, 14, Steps in Front of Tractor-Trailer

Pa. boy Brandon Bitner is the latest victim of torment to kill self

(Newser) - A 14-year-old boy stepped in front of a tractor-trailer in central Pennsylvania last week, and became the latest victim of school bullying to turn to suicide, the Patriot-News reports. Brandon Bitner, who had a close group of friends and a passion for the violin, wrote in his suicide note that...

Obama to Gay Teens: 'You Are Not Alone'

(Newser) - President Obama is the latest celeb to reach out to gay teens by way of the "It Gets Better Project." In his video, Obama empathizes with bullied kids, saying that he knows "what it's like growing up feeling that sometimes you don't belong." Obama, addressing gay...

Clinton Assures Gay Teens: 'It Will Get Better'

Tomorrow will be better, she assures LGBT youth

(Newser) - Add Hillary Clinton to the list of boldface names making videos aimed at gay teens in the wake of several bullying-related suicides. “I have a message for all the young people out there who are being bullied, or who feel alone and find it hard to imagine a better...

Tim Gunn Bares Suicide Attempt

Joins other celebs in telling gay teens: It gets better

(Newser) - As a 17-year-old gay teen, Tim Gunn tried to commit suicide. He tells this story in the above video to send a message to gay youth: It gets better. Gunn is the latest celebrity to film such a video for sex columnist Dan Savage’s “ It Gets Better ”...

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