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Writer Dan Savage’s month-old "It Gets Better Project" just got a fashionable boost courtesy of Michael Kors.

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KORS SPEAKS OUT: Writer Dan Savage’s month-old “It Gets Better Project” just got a fashionable boost courtesy of Michael Kors. No stranger to cameras, Kors submitted a passionate video for the project on YouTube to help youth cope with issues of bullying and sexuality. In the minute-long clip, Kors recalled his own youth. “I heard every name called to me, and you know what, it wasn’t fun,” Kors said. “Pansy, fag, fruit — name it, I heard it. I wasn’t the kid on the baseball team. I wasn’t the kid on the football team. I sat sketching in my room…and my idea of a fun afternoon was shopping. And you know what? You feel different; you don’t fit in.”

Kors is one of several celebrities to have posted videos in recent weeks, ranging from Adam Lambert to Tim Gunn, Perez Hilton and Ke$ha. The designer said he took to the initiative after reading about a recent number of teen suicides as a result of bullying. He added that many executives in creative fields like fashion and entertainment were considered outcasts in their youth, and that ultimately only served to heighten their creativity. “It’s hard to realize that when you’re 11 years old and being kicked down the stairs at school,” he said. “This is not just about gay kids, it’s about all kids who aren’t status quo.”

He hopes his video will convey the notion that there is a bright future for everyone. “It’s also a call to arms to get more successful people in the public eye to say, ‘I will also post my story,’” he said. “That kind of support is something these kids need.”

— Marc Karimzadeh

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