Broadway Stars Rally Against Anti-Gay Bullying

Theatrical Community Produces Original Anthem 'It Gets Better'

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.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press

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