Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns’ “It Gets Better” speech was up to more than 1.5 million views on YouTube as of Monday morning, when Burns was interviewed live on The Today Show by Matt Lauer.

“I remember being shocked, stunned, when it got to 5,000 [views],” Burns told Lauer. “I couldn’t believe it, and it’s just gone from there, so obviously that’s a little overwhelming, but I think it’s indicative of where we are at in society. … I’ve received over 20,000 e-mails so far and I have an entire army of friends helping me cull through those to make sure there is no crisis that is missed, but yes, there are stories from people, kids, who are saying they are contemplating, this week, taking their lives.”