Inspiring Message: Hachette Employees Tell Bullied LGBT Kids That It Gets Better

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Employees at the Hachette Book Group have published an inspiring video in which they tell people that life gets better for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender kids (LGBT) — or anyone — who are being bullied or feel out of place in school and other common social situations for kids.

The video was created in support of the It Gets Better Project, which was “created to show young LGBT people the levels of happiness, potential, and positivity their lives will reach – if they can just get through their teen years.”

The video (published below) joins thousands of others from individuals, politicians, sports teams, organizations, companies and more.

Here’s the text that accompanies the Hachette video on YouTube:

This “It Gets Better” video is an employee-driven project featuring contributions from HBG’s LGBT staff members. They shared their stories to provide hope to LGBT teens who are being bullied, and to encourage the next generation to “write their own future,” which is the theme of our video. HBG is proud to be a company that embraces the diversity of our employees, and supports the causes that are important to them.

Hachette Book Group CEO, David Young, has been a big supporter and ally of the project, saying, “What a privilege it is to be part of an industry that is, by and large, free of prejudice. Our industry is based on the telling of stories. These stories should help and inspire people, and I believe they will.”

Hachette CEO David Young’s statement really stands out for me. I would like to add to it that even though not every American espouses these values, I do believe it is an American value to celebrate individualism and to judge and treat people based on what they say and do and not on where they come from in life. I’m personally proud of that and I applaud the employees at Hachette who created this video.

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