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49ers participate in “It Gets Better” anti-bullying project

Divisional Playoffs - New Orleans Saints v San Francisco 49ers

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 14: Donte Whitner #31 of the San Francisco 49ers is introduced to the fans before the start of the Divisional Playoffs against the New Orleans Saints at Candlestick Park on January 14, 2012 in San Francisco, California. The 49ers won the game 36-32. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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The San Francisco 49ers have become the first NFL team to join the It Gets Better project, a series of web videos designed to tell gay youths that their lives will get better after they make it out of their teens.

It Gets Better was started by syndicated columnist and author Dan Savage in response to a spate of suicides by gay teenagers who had been bullied at their schools. Four 49ers players -- Donte Whitner, Ahmad Brooks, Isaac Sopoaga and Ricky Jean-Francois -- appear in the team’s video, which was posted online today.

“The San Francisco 49ers are proud to join, to let all LGBT teens know that it gets better,” Whitner says in the video.

Here’s the video: