I read this when you first published it. Now I read it again. Crying. Thank you.
wow, we had a parallel highschool experience? just in different countries and timelines…
thank you for this. really thoughtful and just…
I’m very moved right now.
I always tell my teenage son, “these years are NOT the best years of your life”. Life is about discovering and exploring and finally excepting yourself, it is not high school and it is certainly not middle school. It really, truly does get better. Thank you so much for this.
I’d read this comic before, but I can’t believe I didn’t comment on it. I went to a private Jewish high school that was awful and pretty repressive for me (I was too different than anyone else, bullied and had no friends there.)
During my senior year, there was one girl who tried to set up a gay/straight alliance group, which I volunteered to help her with. We were turned down, not only because “there are no gay people” at the school, but because it would be wildly offensive to the super-religious families to accept gay people at this school. And this is in relatively-progressive California at a school that wasn’t affiliated with any one denomination of Judaism.
I was so happy to get out of there, college was fantastic and now I’m in a line of work that I love (even if it’s freelance & the money sucks) with a really awesome boyfriend! Could anyone ask for more?
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