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Remember...It Gets Better

Jan 24, 2011
Remember...It Gets Better

"The world would be a really dull place if everyone was the same."

It was a heartbreaking 2010, as the world was continuously reminded of the lengths that many LGBT youths are pushed to by a society that often makes them feel like life is just not worth living anymore.

Some designers decided it was time to show them that "It Gets Better." That they aren't alone, or the first people to experience such despair. That they can go on to lead highly enjoyable, highly successful, and very happy lives, just as these seven gentlemen did.

Darrin Varden, Michael Tavano, Carl Lana of Beale-Lana Design, John Eason of John Douglas Eason Interiors, Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz of BNO Design, blogger and designer Patrick J. Hamilton and Ken Wampler, founder and director of The Alpha Workshops share their experiences growing up and dealing with their sexuality on the "New York Designing Men It Gets Better" video, shot in the Keilhauer showroom in the New York Design Center.

This video is part of the It Gets Better program. Started in September 2010 by syndicated columnist Dan Savage, It Gets Better is a worldwide video community that support those who feel alienated by orientation-based bullying.

At the heart of the It Gets Better series is The Trevor Project, an organization determined to end suicide among LGBT youth, with crisis intervention services, including a 24/7 suicide prevention hotline. Also benefiting is the GLSEN, The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, working to address the urgent need for safer schools for all students, by reaching out to, and educating, school leaders and policy-makers.

See the video below and please do pass it on! You never know whom you might be lending a helping hand to.

"There are people who need to meet you..."

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Web editor AnnMarie Marano has been covering the interior design trade for the past 5 years. Armed with her journalism degree, she uses her nose for news to serve up the most exciting daily dish for the design hungry (fyi, that's you).

From quintessential New York City, to snippets from the world abroad, Daily Design Dose will deliver a constant stream of information to satisfy those who crave insight into the world of design and how it relates to our lives, our loves, our pet peeves, and everything in between.

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