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Out Hero: Margaret Cho and Louis van Amstel Edition

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In light of the recent teen suicides, many celebrities have been stepping up to the plate and sharing their personal stories, and urging young people to stay strong. Most recently bisexual comedienne Margaret Cho (click here for our interview with her earlier this year) and her former DWTS dance partner Louis van Amstel (spoiler alert: they were eliminated last night) are speaking out about the painful subject.

"I'm very concerned about all of these teenagers. When I was a teenager I was bullied a lot and I was very insecure and very scared and I didn't want to live. I just want to reach out to these kids and make sure they stay with us. Just don't do something that will hurt everyone in the world, " Cho said. Louis van Amstel also acknowledged that he was teased: "I was bullied since I was ten years old because I loved dance," he confessed. He urged that young people get explore their talents as an outlet. As terrible as the recent tragedies have been, the fact that so many well-known figures, both straight and gay, are vocalizing their concerns is quite moving. With so many people speaking out about this, we can only hope that from the recent deaths, some hope will spring.

30 Years of Out100Out / Advocate Magazine - Jonathan Groff and Wayne Brady

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