In honor of The Climb’s release, I’ve designed a commemorative artwork to reflect Tracy Whitcomb’s words of encouragement to Skyler Phoenix, the main character. Here’s an excerpt from the story:
“Why exactly do I need to join the Gay-Straight Alliance?” Skyler asked. “I think I’m gonna be okay being an out teen.”
“Because, silly, being out is one thing. Being an out-and-proudie is a completely different thing,” Tracy responded.
“It’s one of my terms of endearment. But more importantly than that, arguably, of course, is your need for support. To know you are not alone in the world. And I suppose you are figuring that out…so you need a solid support group to grow as a gay teen, to help you be the out teen you want to be but aren’t yet.”
We hope you enjoy telling the world you’re an out-and-proudie!
If you’re interested in the book, you can check it out here: https://goo.gl/vhgVNP