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Groups set up video project, 'You Have a Purpose,' to reassure gay teens

BY CHARLES WILSON, ASSOCIATED PRESS

purposeINDIANAPOLIS -- Some gay rights groups are trying to bolster the confidence of gay teens after an Indiana teacher said she believes gays have no purpose in life.

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays state coordinator Annette Gross said Saturday the "You Have a Purpose Project" Facebook page will collect videos submitted to encourage gay youth. She compared the project to syndicated columnist Dan Savage's "It Gets Better" project aimed at deterring bullied gays from suicide.

The project comes after several residents in Sullivan, including some high schoolers, proposed holding a non-school sanctioned "traditional" prom that would ban gay students. Diana Medley, a group member who is a special education teacher in another school district, made comments in support of the plan, saying she believes being gay is a choice people make and that gays have no purpose in life.

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