SAN FRANCISCO
10/05/2011 02:51 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Exploratorium It Gets Better Video: Museum Staff Help LGBT Youth (VIDEO)

Like many before them, the staff of San Francisco's interactive children's science museum, The Exploratorium, has posted a video in the "It Gets Better" series.

The video features interviews with gay, lesbian and transgender staff members recounting their own stories about coming to grips with their sexuality and telling LGBT young people currently in the difficult situations they themselves were in at that age, that things do get better.

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"I said 'I think I'm gay.' It was very freeing, I feel free now," said one of the Exploratorium's science educators, "I don't have to have to question if anyone else is like me or if they have struggles like me."

"You learn to take care of yourself; you learn to love yourself," added another. "There's a bigger community out there than what I realized."

The "It Gets Better" project was started by sex advice columnist Dan Savage and his husband Terry Miller after a number of LGBT teens committed suicide as a result of bullying from their peers.

Other notable individuals and groups who have also created videos in the series are President Barack Obama, comedian Stephen Colbert, Lady Gaga, Tom Hanks, tech giants Facebook and Google, as well as a handful of professional baseball teams including the San Francisco Giants.

The video promotes "It Gets Better" and The Trevor Project, a LGBT-youth suicide prevention created by the producers of the Academy Award-winning short film Trevor in 1998 to address the lack of a crisis hotline aimed directly at gay and lesbian young people.

Founded in the late 1960s by physicist Frank Oppenheimer at The Palace of Fine Arts, The Exploratorium features hundreds of hands-on exhibits about science and arts primarily aimed at, but not not excursively for, kids and teens.

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