I’m sure all of you lovelies have heard about the ‘It Gets Better’ Project by now, right? Spearheaded by sex-columnist Dan Savage, the project is a huge collection of videos from gay (and bi and allied) peeps. They want to send the message to beleaguered/bullied gay teens that there is life after high school and it does get better.The youtube page for the project has a gajillion amazing videos. But my favorite is the above video. Because that handsome guy is my high school bestie’s younger brother. And that tiny town with no secrets? That’s my home town, too.
There are lots of great things about growing up where I did (I grew up on a lake! I met my best friends there! Things cost $2!) but, like many rural towns, it is not exactly a bastion of open-mindedness and acceptance. But since I’ve graduated and moved away, several Golden Kids that I went to school with (a class president and the captain of the basketball team) have come out of the closet, forcing a few people to change their minds.
Were kids ever openly gay at your high school? What is the feeling about homosexuality in your hometown? Were any of you ever seriously bullied?