Stephen Colbert — the actual person, not the Comedy Central character — is the latest celebrity to tell bullied LGBT youth “It Gets Better.”

As part of Dan Savage’s project to inspire kids who can’t see a bright future, the “Colbert Report” host shared his own story of being “picked on all the time” and being called “queer” in 7th grade. He had an epiphany when his friend Pat confronted a bully by saying he was “queer”: “If you don’t give power to the words that people throw at you to hurt you, they don’t hurt you anymore. And you actually have power over those people.”

Colbert joins “It Gets Better” alums President Obama, Chris Colfer, Ellen DeGeneres, Tim Gunn and many, many others.

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