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Friday's Connector: Dan Savage

October 6th, 2010
01:11 PM ET

As parts of the United States deal with a spate of teen suicides due to bullying, one person is doing his best to combat sexual discrimination and intolerance among teenage school children.

Dan Savage, the Seattle-based author and "Savage Love" advice columnist has launched a YouTube channel that allows gays, lesbians and their straight allies to post messages of encouragement to young teens and tweens questioning or struggling with their sexuality.

The site, launched September 15, features at least 200 videos and is part of an effort to deter gay youths from committing suicide.

There have been about 500,000 views of the channel so far, with more than 6,000 people subscribing to it.

Savage, considered one of few gay relationship columnists in the country, posted his own video September 21. In it, he and his partner named Terry share their own stories of growing up gay.

They talk about religious conflicts with family members, keeping secrets and facing unspeakable episodes of harassment in high school.

"What I want people to take away from this is that it gets better," Savage urged his viewers, "But you have to tough this period of your life out, and you have to live your life so that you’re around for it to get amazing — and it can.

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