NEW YORK (AP/1010 WINS) – The theatrical community is lending its support to teens who face anti-gay bullying by doing what it does best: delivering messages from the heart and an uplifting song.
Some 40 heartfelt video testimonials from Broadway actors who recall being bullied or called names – as well as the touring casts of “Billy Elliot,” “Wicked” and “Jersey Boys – have been collected.
The theatrical community also has produced an original “We Are the World”-type anthem with singers who have appeared in “American Idiot,” “Avenue Q,” “Legally Blonde” and “Hairspray.”
The push is part of a nationwide effort by various organizations to put a spotlight on the problem after a spate of suicides by teens believed to be victims of anti-gay bullying.
A viral Facebook campaign has asked Americans to wear purple Wednesday in solidarity.
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