|Bishop Mark Hanson in a still from his "It Gets Better" video|
Thousands of videos have been created since the Fall of 2010, and creators of many of the videos were tapped to write essays for the book. Bishop Hanson's essay is a transcript of his own video, in which he spoke about his family and the love that LGBT youth can find as beloved children of God. "God has called you by name and claimed you forever. There is a place for you in this world and in this church," Hanson said.
Other essayists in this collection include the Rev. Gene Robinson, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire; Rep. Nancy Pelosi; Secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton; Sen. Al Franken; Ellen DeGeneres; and President Barack Obama.
To learn more about the It Gets Better project, visit the official website at http://www.itgetsbetter.org/.