Little Rainbow Comics pays tribute to all those who have been singled out, ridiculed and otherwise suffered for being differnt. Recently there has also been much talk and outreach by the 'It Gets Better' campaign but as I sat down to draw this message I realized that message comes from GLBT people who have 'been there' & 'done that' and the characters of LRC have yet to have those experiences so I decided to put a spin on 'It Gets Better' from the point of view of someone young who has yet to embark on their journey.
Part of the Mission of LRC is to open people's eyes on what it is like to grow up gay. Gay people aren't born 21 years old - we started out as gay children and the issues we face coming to terms with who we are can be terrible.
Even though I didn't have the physical trauma of being beat up for being gay in school I was still made fun of and I remember the painful stress of the mocking. While I am 'out' for the most part it is still a nerve wracking experience when meeting new people or starting a new job - I just never know how people will react to what I am.
The thing that people don't understand is that the insecurities don't stop with 'coming out' to yourself or your family; it is always waiting with every new environment and it is just like being on the school playground all over again.
Please don't be afraid to educate the people in your life because that is the way we can change the world.