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Cabinet's Ken Salazar Appears in His Department's "It Gets Better" Video

Cabinet's Ken Salazar Appears in His Department's "It Gets Better" Video

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Cabinet secretary Ken Salazar and his Department of the Interior joined the "It Gets Better" campaign this week with a video asking students to reach out for help if they're being bullied.

"Bullying happens everywhere in every school all across America," says Salazar, who appears last in the nearly six-minute video. "Make sure you are seeking help, that you are telling someone about it."

The video includes LGBT people from the National Park Service, the U.S. Geological Survey and the many corners of the Department of Interior. T

"I began to become more aware of the LGBT movement and began to educate myself on members of the community and the movement in general," said Tom Petrillo, a special assistant at the Department of Interior, about how he stopped "hating myself." After learning more about people who were fighting for his rights, "I felt that it was a great disservice," and "I began to realize all the dreams and hopes I wanted to accomplish could be accomplished."

Many members of the Obama administration have created It Gets Better videos, including the president himself in October 2010. Also included have been Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Department of Justice, and the White House staff.

Not a single elected Republican has appeared in a video since the campaign's inception.

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Cabinet's Ken Salazar Appears in His Department's "It Gets Better" Video

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Lucas Grindley is VP and Editorial Director for Here Media, which is parent company to The Advocate. His Twitter account is filled with politics, Philip Glass appreciation, and adorable photos of his twin toddler daughters.
Lucas Grindley is VP and Editorial Director for Here Media, which is parent company to The Advocate. His Twitter account is filled with politics, Philip Glass appreciation, and adorable photos of his twin toddler daughters.