True Blood hunk Alexander SkarsgÃ¥rd plus two of his co-stars, Rutina Wesley, Kristin Bauer van Straten, and the show’s creator, Alan Ball, have shot video clips supporting the fight against the bullying of gay teens.
The videos are part of the ‘It Gets Better‘ campaign, created in September 2010, inspired by a number of LGBT teens who took their lives after being bullied in school.
It aims to show LGBT youth, through messages from celebrities and ordinary people, that they do have a positive future to look forward to.
“I believe that it gets better when parents lead by example. We have to teach our children, not only through our words but also though our actions, that every single human being has equal value,” says the 34-year-old SkarsgÃ¥rd, who plays vampire Eric Northman, in the video.
“And to bully someone or force society to discriminate against someone because they have a different sexual orientation is unacceptable.
“I don’t have any children yet, but the day that that I do, I will make sure that they, before they can even walk or even crawl, know how important that is. And I hope you do the same,” concludes the star.
Ball, the openly-gay producer of True Blood, says in his clip that he was bullied in school.
He adds: “If I was not different or perceived to be different, I don’t think I would have accomplished what I have accomplished. Because being different is what makes you you. And if you are fully you, no-one can hold you back.”
True Blood is considered to be one of the most gay-friendly drama series on US television, with a number of gay or bisexual characters. In March, the show received the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Award for “Outstanding Drama Series”.