Oct 20, 2010 2:02 PM
NEW YORK (AP) The theatrical community is lending its support to teens who face anti-gay bullying by doing what it does best: delivering messages from the heart and an uplifting song.
Some 40 heartfelt video testimonials from Broadway actors who recall being bullied or called names as well as the touring casts of "Bill Elliot," ''Wicked" and "Jersey Boys have been collected.
The theatrical community also has produced an original "We Are the World"-type anthem with singers who have appeared in "American Idiot," ''Avenue Q," ''Legally Blonde" and "Hairspray."
The push is part of a nationwide effort by various organizations to put a spotlight on the problem after a spate of suicides by teens believed to be victims of anti-gay bullying.
A viral Facebook campaign has asked Americans to wear purple Wednesday in solidarity.