i’ve loved little mondo since the beginning and this week’s episode only made my heart swell more. the tears were flowin’ as i watched the bravery, class and thoughtfulness of mondo and the support of the designers and judges for this brilliant young designer. it was only after nina really pressed him, that he explained his very personal inspiration – that he had been HIV positive for 10 years and that no one in his family knew. he came close to telling his mom when she came to visit, but didn’t want to ruin her first trip to nyc…and i got all choked up again…
but after my face dried, i remained sad that so many of our lgbt community even have to struggle with these decisions. that so many have to live alone or die alone because society makes them feel ashamed, embarrassed or shameful just for being themselves…just for being human. so as my heart swelled for mondo, my heart broke for the five teens who committed suicide this week because of cyberbully assholes.
ellen weighed in on the tragic loss:
“This needs to be a wake up call to everyone that teenage bullying and teasing is an epidemic in this country and the death rate is climbing,” she said.
“One life lost in this senseless way is tragic. Four lives lost is a crisis. And these are just the stories we hear about.
“How many other teens have we lost? How many others are suffering in silence? Being a teenager and figuring out who you are is hard enough without someone attacking you.
“My heart is breaking for their families, for their friends and for our society that continues to let this happen.”
the trevor project is a valuable resource for those in trouble who need to speak with someone. but who’s going to talk to those who think it’s okay to invade the privacy of others and mock and harrass?
mondo is facing his future by embracing life and hoping that designs like this – bold, chic, youthful and inspiring – will help and inspire others…i know it did for me – as soon as i get on my feet financially, i will be sure to support the trevor project and no on h8.
the episode ended with even more tears as valerie went around the room and told each designer how they had touched her life. i have to say, the new 90 minute format has definitely allowed us more insight into the personalities and at least this time, it was totally worth it.
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