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Jane Lynch is sharing her experience of growing up gay in the new web series It Got Better.
The emotional videos feature lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) celebrities sharing their journeys of accepting their sexual orientation to let others know it does get better.
Lynch grew up in Dolton, Ill., a suburb of Chicago, and says she was considered different from a very young age.
"It was almost like I had a disease I had been diagnosed. I had a journal and … I remember I wrote, 'I am gay. No one can ever know this.' And I went four blocks away and threw it out in somebody else's garbage," she says. "It led to a life of secrecy that I had to unravel," the actress and comedienne admits.
"I identified more with boy things. I enjoyed dressing like a boy," she says. "The boys stopped wanting to play with me when I got to be about 10 and I had to fight to play baseball."
She knew something was going on. But it wasn't until she was 14 that she realized she was a lesbian.
After high school and college, she moved to New York to attend grad school at Cornell University, and started to be more open about her sexuality.
Now 53, the Glee star hopes her journey can inspire others to accept themselves.
The web series was launched by Lexus and the It Gets Better Project.