King of Rain – Release Party #4 – LGBT Mentors

March 13, 2015

Hi my dears,

I wanted to tell you a bit about the Cause behind the story, and how that influenced and inspired the series.

Finding LGBT Mentors

After seeing Rick Mercer’s video about youth at risk (post #1), I decided to do some more research on teen suicide and found the “It Gets Better” Project. It’s a non-profit started by Dan Savage and his husband Terry Miller with the goal of preventing suicide among LGBT youth. In 2010, LGBT adults started sharing videos of their own stories, letting young people know how their lives have improved as they’ve gotten older.

Here are ordinary (and famous) people sharing messages of hope specifically for those in dark periods of their lives. Each one is so inspiring to me. This one is from the founders themselves.

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Here’s the YouTube link in case the player doesn’t work for you.

I’m working on my own video for the project, but the West Coast Boys series is also part of this effort. My corner of the world, the West Coast of Canada, tends to be rather open-minded (at least comparatively) to the LGBT community, and I wanted to show hopeful stories of young love unfolding against that backdrop.

Suicide

I’ve been a bit closeted about this book’s suicide element. I think I was feeling protective of my boys. Their story is not a depressing slog through oppression and pain, it’s a bottle of antidote dropped into a poisoned stomach.

Yes, there are dark parts, and gritty parts, but the journey is about building something new, filling up empty pockets with messy sloshing buckets of love and learning how to reinvent yourself when the old you just can’t survive anymore.

Give-Away Contest

Who is your favorite LGBT Mentor? This could be a celebrity or a family member or friend that has inspired or supported you. Tell us how they made a difference!

Comment and you’ll enter the Give-Away contest!

Coming Next:

Location Pics and the scene they illustrate!

Thanks for coming to my party!
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PS Here’s the link to King of Rain’s page on Dreamspinner.

7 Responses to “King of Rain – Release Party #4 – LGBT Mentors”

  1. H.B. says:

    I’m going to say my older siblings and just online videos and stories/books (in general, I can’t say what they were since I can’t remember the names). My brother and sister have always been supportive and they like to lecture about being open minded and not to be so judgmental about people. They curved my attitude on a lot of things and made me think things through (which I try to do, lol). Online stories and videos in general have broaden my views on certain matters and in a way have also molded my way if thinking.

  2. JJ says:

    I would say my parents indirectly since a gay couple moved next to door in the 1980′s and it was never a big deal, just new neighbors.

  3. Kareness says:

    Duh…you! :)

  4. Kareness says:

    Even though I like men, I don’t identify with being straight-straight. I have had crushes on women, but getting sexual with them – well, that step just doesn’t sound right to me. But I like wearing both so-called men and women’s clothing. I like building things. I like hard core science. There is a lot of masculinity in me. So I get it, that somehow, that I’m on the spectrum. But, I digress. My mentor, besides you, my BFFFF!, is David Sedaris. While reading Me Talk Pretty One Day I finally had my last “I don’t really get it” switch turned off…he gave me my true Ah Ha moment; we are all born on a gender/sexuality spectrum and that’s just the way we are and it’s awesome.

  5. Thanks everyone! Of course, my computer decided to switch itself off for some #$@% update, but I’m back and happy to see that you’ve got some ideas on this!

  6. HI KARENESS!! Aww :*) What a lovely thing to say! Me?! YOW! I love your comment about spectrums as well. It’s exciting to see the newer generations redefining all kinds of things we didn’t even know we were labeling! Yes, it’s been interesting to talk to people about gender and orientation not just because they have great ideas, but also because people’s experiences are so diverse. Not everyone has a “cis” experience – feeling completely comfortable with the gender role that they have been given. That may or may not overlap with orientation, but the point is, nothing is black and white – it’s rainbow! And that’s much more fun!

  7. JJ – you won the Give-Away! Email me at michele @ michelefogal.com for your prize!

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