Inspired by President Obama's October video message to gay teens about bullying, a group of LGBT White House staffers on Monday released an "it gets better" video of their own.

Led by Brian Bond, deputy director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, the four minute video features 10 White House staffers, including Council on Environmental Quality director Nancy Sutley, and Science and Technology Policy adviser Kei Koizumi, sharing the challenges they faced as gay teens.

Filmed sitting at their desks, participants describe being "terrified" to tell anyone they were gay, and a few staffers tell of being ridiculed at school. The overwhelming message, however, is that it does, in fact, get better.

"For those of you living in rural America, or in small towns, I want you to know that you're not alone," says Bond.

Sutley adds, "We all know what you're going through, and we're all behind you."

The "it gets better" campaign was founded in October of this year by columnist Dan Savage, in response to a spike in suicides among gay teens.