Dear members of the LGBTQ community,
First of all, as the resident Manchester hag, you are all part of my flock. So welcome!
Secondly, like most of the freethinking world, I am heartbroken by the recent glut of suicides amongst LGBTQ teens who were bullied for being ‘different’
I’m not gay. But I know what it’s like to be different. To be an Other.
I know what it’s like to walk into school with your heart in your throat, terrified of what the day held.
I know what it’s like to be confronted at your locker by those who claimed to be your friends, making fun of everything you love and believe in.
I know what it’s like to set your jaw, not make a sound, walk to the bathroom, and cry in the stalls because your last friend has turned on you.
And, sadly, I know what it’s like to stand at a window, in the middle of the night, and want to jump.
Thankfully, I had a great support system. But some of you feel that it’s the only way out.
You shouldn’t be pushed to that brink for being exactly who you were meant to be.
I grew older, and realized my weirdness was not only not wrong, but it should be celebrated.
You might think there’s no end in sight, that you’re doomed forever by the taunts of the aggressively ignorant.
But I reiterate the meme that’s going around by celebrities everywhere who are turned on to your plight.
IT GETS BETTER.
You will get out of your small closeminded town. You will find your voice, be it in politics, or song, or dance, or the written word, or the stage. You may even, God willing, find your calling in the US Military. By then, the country will have clued in that being gay does not make you a defective soldier.
Out here, in the real world…the tolerant, accepting, normal world…there are cool people who will take you under their wing and show you the ropes.
As for your bullies…some people in this world are just awful no matter what we do to change them. I call it the Ann Coulter Ring of Fire: Some people get sucked in and we’re forced to watch helplessly as they spew vitriolic hate.
Let your pride fly. Be proud of who you are.
It gets better.
Yours in love and light,