We're Queer My Dear is a new online series to help South Africans come out and support the LGBTQ+ community, a guide to acceptance and self-love by those who wished they had a such a resource growing up.
What sparked this project for O’Brien and Williamson was the need to open healthy discussions within a South African context and to help assist those who are in need of guidance, support and hearing real life stories of individuals living openly and publicly.
“We would have loved to have something like this when we were trying to find our feet and come to terms with our sexuality.” It’s 2019 and the suicide rate under LGBTIQ+ individuals is at an all-time high. This series will not only aim to help and assist the LGBTIQ+ communities, but also give society a look at the struggles, obstacles and challenges we face on a daily basis. It also aims to assist people to embrace, accept and celebrate those who are different, unique and living their truth despite constant criticism.
“We want to help others come out and be their authentic selves, but we also want to inspire those are not necessarily part of the LGBTIQ+ umbrella, to come out and support and take a stand against discrimination against gender and sexual preferences,” says O’Brien.
We all believe this project can change the perception and stigmas South African societies have become accustomed to.
The panel consists of Shenay O’Brien, Jaco Venter, Tina Redman, and Jodi Deerling.