We're going to swing a bit off topic here - and I promise to post my original idea for "Love Letters" part "q" - a collection of design quotes - on the blog soon. But, today I've got something kinda weighing on my mind - and it feels appropriate to talk about it here. I'm just gonna start typing - and press 'publish' at some point -
There's been a great deal of press coverage over the last few weeks about gay and lesbian kids who've been committing suicide because of relentless bullying at school. Whenever there is a 'press frenzy' on any particular topic - I always wonder if it IS actually getting worse - or just getting more coverage . . . and I don't really have a specific answer to that question.
Now, every so often (as in 'an almost neurotically everyday' kinda often -lol) I check with google to see how many people read my blog each day. It's an obsession that I'm not particularly proud of - but frankly, it's something I do. And I always wonder who is out there - reading about my love of bed canopies and beach workouts. Or about my trips to New York. Or frustrations about delayed shipments from vendors. I heard someone joke that no one reads design blogs - except other design bloggers - but, those number just don't add up . . . lol. So I know you're out there. Reading.
But, if you're reading this. And you're young. And you're gay. And you're afraid.
I have one thing to say. It gets better.
Q is for . . . .
. . . Queer.
I am rarely, if ever, political on this space. That's not why I started writing this blog 2 years ago. It's not what I want this blog to be about. And telling you that a 46 year old interior designer living in San Francisco is gay can't even come as any kind of shock - lol . . . but, I love the life I've carved out for myself. I have an amazing collection of people surrounding me that I could NEVER have imagined when I was in middle school. Ugh, middle school. Being taunted. Getting beaten up. Being spit on. I've often wanted to go back in time - and tell my younger self - "don't worry. It gets better."
A wonderful project is growing over on Youtube started by Dan Savage. Gay men and women. Telling their stories to a younger generation. You can do a search under "it gets better" and find over 100. And it seems more get added everyday.
If you need to talk to someone - The Trevor Project is an excellent resource.