See! It happens to everyone! You are so not alone!
Margaret Cho and Louis Van Amstel, who are kicking ass and taking names on Dancing With The Stars, explained their background with bullying and how they was very "scared" and "insecure" growing up after the show last night.
For Margaret, the recent string of suicides of gay youth because of bullying brought back memories from when she was a teenager. She admits was bullied "a lot", to the point that she also felt like she "didn't want to live." But she pulled through and she wants others to know they will too. That's why she and Louis decided to dedicate their samba to the families and children lost to bullying. She explained:
"It's about having pride in who you are and that's why we wore the rainbow colors, because we want to talk about pride. We want to just really, really express that in ourselves and impart that to the world."
For Louis, he explained he was teased from the very young age of 10 because of his love of dance, but it was because of his talent that he found strength to persevere. He explains:
"I've been bullied for being gay when [I was] 10 years old because I loved dance. You just have to find out what you're really good at. Put your mind, body and soul into that. For me, it was dance, and it was great therapy."
Agreed! Everyone is good at something and everyone is important and special!
Just keep telling yourself that and remember that it does get better!
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