LIVE THROUGH THIS. THIS IS A CALL TO ARMS, LGBT EDITION: I want to do a mental health-themed zine. One of the things that shouldn't be something we have to cope/deal/come to terms with, is being gay, lesbian, transgendered, asexual and bisexual, but in our still close-minded society, we unfortunately, do. I would love to have some stories/insight/thoughts from close friends/family that are out.
Any input in any form (drawings, maps, rants, poetry, ANYTHING from any perspective/place in the process) would be greatly appreciated. I will use your content for my zine, but you can be anonymous or use an alias should you feel more comfortable disclosing under invisibility cloak. Below are some questions. You can choose to answer these questions directly to use as an interview in the zine (only answer those you're comfortable answering, of course, and feel free to reword/add questions as ye see fit), or just use them as a jumping-off point for anything you want to say.
I want to have this zine out on the Summer Solstice so your deadline to submit content is JUNE 13 and submissions can be sent via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please consider sharing your experience with others even if all you do is spend ten minutes replying to this blog with a random thought or two.
Thank you SO much in advance,
When did you know you were gay/lesbian/transgendered/bisexual/asexual?
What was the process of accepting yourself like?
How did you overcome the hurdles our society throws at people that are "different"?
When did you "come out"?
Who did you tell first?
Was it a big revealing, did you come out slowly, or have you chosen to make it a non-issue and just not bring up your sexuality to others?
How did your family/close friends react?
What do you wish the general population would realize about the LGBT community?
What advice would you have for someone who wants to come out/recently came out?