Maroon 5's Levine speaks out against anti-gay bullies

Wed Oct 13, 2010 7:51pm EDT
 
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By Walter Frazier

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine has joined the list of entertainers who have made videos for columnist Dan Savage's video project "It Gets Better," designed to encourage gay teens who are bullied to stay strong under difficult circumstances.

In the video, Levine discusses the harassment that goes on in high schools and how life improves after the experience. "I hated high school, but if you can get through it, there's a whole world that exists beyond people treating you badly," Levine says.

Neil Patrick Harris, Ke$ha, Jason Derulo, Perez Hilton and Tim Gunn are among those who have made videos for the "It Gets Better" campaign.

Savage started the project after a string of suicides linked to LGBT-related harassment, most prominently 15-year-old Billy Lucas, who was severely bullied before he hanged himself.