Arguably the most powerful woman in the world, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has added a moving voice to the ‘It Gets Better’ YouTube campaign to show solidarity with gay youth.

In her message, Mrs Clinton told young gay people that they are not alone and to “hang in there.”

Mrs Clinton’s video comes in response to a spate of suicides by teenagers who either were gay or were thought by others to be gay. Most of them had been bullied over their sexuality or their perceived sexuality.

“Children are particularly vulnerable to the discrimination of hate and prejudice,” she said. “These most recent deaths are a message to all Americans to overcome bigotry and hatred.

“Hang in there and ask for help, your life is so important to your family, your friends and to your country. There is so much waiting for you both personally and professionally. There are so many opportunities for you to develop your talents and contributions.

“The story of America is a story of people coming together, tearing down barriers and insist on equality. Not only for themselves but for all people. In the process they create a community of support and equality that endured

“When I think of the progress made by women in my lifetime, by religious minorities and by gays and lesbians many of whom can now live their lives are free to live their lives openly and proudly.

“Here at the State Department, I’m grateful every day for the work of our LGBT employees who are serving the US as foreign service officers, civil servants here and around he world. It wasn’t long ago that these men and women were not able to serve openly, but now they can because it has got better, and it will get better for you, so take heart and have hope and please remember that your life is valuable and you’re not alone. Many people are standing with you and sending you their thoughts, their prayers and their strengths, count me among them. Take care of yourselves.”