10/04/2011 04:42 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

It Gets Better (VIDEO)

Throughout my life, I have understood what it means to feel different. As someone with dyslexia, I still have nightmares about spelling bees from childhood. Not everyone grows up the same way. But if you work hard and persevere, it does get better.

It takes courage to be who you are and recognize that no matter why someone is teasing or bullying you, it gets better. Whether you're gay, lesbian, look differently from other kids, or whether your family is different, it gets better.

I have always supported the full rights of all Vermonters, regardless of sexual orientation, religion or gender. People are changing; the way we learn is changing. Use perservance and work through these dark times, because regardless of your differences, you can do great things.