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Posted: 12/6/2013

My name is Tara Baker, I'm an actress and recently moved to Los Angeles from Bellingham, WA. I'm 21, openly gay, and have been for 2 years. Back in my home town, I had become a mentor in my community and routinely helped children and teens and even adults through struggles related to sexuality, bullying, drug/alcohol abuse, etc. I've been through some really hard times, I've been bullied, I've been called names, I've turned to some things that weren't the best choices to deal with what I was going through. But because of that, now I'm able to help others who may be going through hard times. Every single day I strive to be the role model that I want people to be able to look up to and remember, and to be sure that people know they can talk to me and I will listen, and they are never alone.

When I get to where I want to be in my acting career, I want to still stand as the same person I am now. I strive to help people believe that things WILL get better. Because at one point I didn't think things in my life would get better, but now here I am, standing tall, and working towards bigger goals (: This video is a song that I wrote about bullying and taking a stand against it, and I also added commentary to the video explaining the song and its significance. I want to show people that they don't need to be afraid of who they are, whoever that person it, and that love is louder than bullying, hate, discrimination, abuse, etc.

I care about bullying prevention because I know what it's like to be bullied and to feel like you don't have a voice. But with the right support, and being there for others to help them stand up, we can rise above it. Even one helping hand is enough to save a life. I've talked people down from suicide, and that's one reason why I live my life the way I do and try to help in any way I can. Because I may not be able to help everybody, but I'll never stop trying to do so. And I want to encourage as many people as I can to not be afraid to use their voices too.

By: Tara Baker

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