2020 Democrats tell LGBTQ teens they're not alone on Spirit Day

2020 Democrats tell LGBTQ teens they're not alone on Spirit Day
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Democratic presidential candidates are supporting LGBTQ youth on Spirit Day, telling them they're not alone and "it gets better."

GLAAD, an LGBTQ advocacy group, collected messages from the 2020 candidates to LGBTQ youth on Spirit Day, a day designated to promote anti-LGBTQ bullying efforts. 

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South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Gabbard, Buttigieg battle over use of military in Mexico MORE, the only openly gay candidate in the Democratic primary, said in his message that when he was in high school, "there was literally not one out person that I knew of."

"Be strong, be yourself and know that it gets better," he offered as advice to LGBTQ teens.

"Take strength in the fact that there are a whole bunch of people around the world cheering you on that have never even met you, that I'm cheering you on, and it does get better," he continued.

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE, meanwhile, told those in the LGBTQ community that they are "special" and "incredible."

"You're as good and better than anybody else, and don't let people try to tell you you're not," he said.

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisFive takeaways from the Democratic debate Gabbard, Buttigieg battle over use of military in Mexico Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE (D-Calif.) emphasized that individuals in the LGBTQ community are "not alone" and do not need to "silently suffer."

"I and so many of us will always stand with you," she said. "And that's really important to remember, you are not alone."

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE (D-N.J.) had a similar message, saying, "You are not alone."

"Persevere, press on, reach out because we have so much more strength than the small weakness being shown by any bullies," he said.

In her Spirit Day video, Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE (D-Minn.) told GLAAD that "we need to stop" LGBTQ bullying and criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE for promoting a ban of transgender people from joining the military.

Her advice to the youth directly was to call someone if they are being bullied.

"You have friends, and you have people who have your back," she said. "And you should call when these things happen, and you know you can call."