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A gay kid tried to kill himself at age 15, then became a really awesome role model at 41.

Wentworth Miller, star of the old hit show "Prison Break," gave a heartbreaking and touching speech for the folks at Human Rights Campaign about his painful road to coming out. At 2:34, he explains what it is really like to be a gay kid in most places. At 6:31, he talks about the FIRST time he tried to kill himself. And at 9:18, he explains why it's so important to speak out.

Nine out of 10 gay kids hear negative things about being gay every day. Gay kids are TWICE as likely to be attacked physically in school. So powerful voices like Wentworth's are important to get out there. Would you mind Liking Human Rights Campaign on Facebook and sharing this?

For some people, every day is Independence Day. For Janis Shinwari, this will be his first 4th of July as an American citizen. And boy, he earned it.

"If I was in Afghanistan—if I didn't come here, I wouldn't be alive now. I would be dead." Shinwari told CNN Heroes in 2018. Shinwari risked his life for nine years serving as a translator for U.S. forces in his native country of Afghanistan. He risked his life everyday knowing that should he be caught by the Taliban, the consequences would be severe. "If the Taliban catch you, they will torture you in front of your kids and families and make a film of you." Shinwari said. "Then [they'll] send it to other translators as a warning message to stop working with the American forces."

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