Anyone watching this or watched it already? I’m about halfway through and just love it. Brings up so many memories of trying to navigate high school while wondering if I was queer - and how hard that was at a time when I knew absolutely no one else who was. I had a hunch even in elementary school, but the idea was so abhorrent to me because of all the stereotypes of lesbian women. I tried so hard to be “normal” - but just like Kate in Everything Sucks - there were next to no ways that I was normal, and thinking I might be queer just made me even more different. I was younger than everyone in school - I started kindergarten at 4 and skipped third grade, so I was able to convince myself (and maybe others) that my lack of interest in boys was just because I was developmentally much younger - but I knew. It wasn’t until college that I met a lesbian woman (a ton actually - my undergrad city is kinda a lesbian mecca) - and that helped tremendously, but it doesn’t cancel out the years of stigma and internalized crap.
Amazing how much things have changed for LGBTQ folks - the progress and visibility we have achieved in a relatively short period of time has been amazing. That said, I was on a panel this past week talking about suicide, sexual violence, and LGBTQ people - we have so much more to do. Queer and trans individuals are so much more likely to be sexually assaulted and abused - and so much more likely to think about suicide, attempt suicide, and commit suicide. Even today - even with all of the progress we have made.