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What an incredible week it’s been! So much on the go, already Shaun Proulx Media has outgrown our new offices and I’m taking on a bit more in the form of a private office around the corner from my team’s space, which means packing up my schtuff this week, just as I was feeling settled.Â All good and more room to work out of is definitely better.Â Our Toronto Pride plans are well underway and I’m excited about the presence we have planned for the Parade and throughout the festivities this year and the amazing creative business partnerships we’ve formed along the way.Â Yesterday I was rolling around in the mud and the muck down at Cherry Beach with my great friend the photographer Kenny Lee for a shoot that will be part of an exhibit and book release next month called 10 x 10.Â (Toronto Life called Lee the city’s king of homoeroticism recently.) Saturday we continue shooting Season 3 of The Shaun Proulx Show – taking what I’ve been doing on the tube to a whole new level with a great spin on things that I and my team are really excited about.
In and amongst it all, last week I met one of my producers for lunch.Â Waiting for him to appear, I heard “Shaun?” and turned to see someone I haven’t seen since I was a teen.Â His name is Scott, and his mother drove the school bus we used to take from my small town to another small town to attend high school.
As we chatted I asked how his mother was.Â “Good,” Scott responded. “Still driving the school bus.”
God, that school bus.Â In an instant standing there with Scott I was transported back two decades to the time and space reality I described in my It Gets Better video last year, and in that same instant I absorbed the two grown men he and I were now standing before each other, those dreadful years where it was so hard growing up gay in small town Ontario dissipating to reveal two fulfilled and happy adults unexpectedly meeting, eager to sit down and share and catch up.
We exchanged numbers, my producer arrived, and we all marveled at how Scott and I had grown up in the same small town together and here we were today bumping into each other.Â And as I hugged Scott goodbye I couldn’t help think, “It’s true, regardless of the naysayers.Â It gets better.Â And the better it gets, the better it gets, the better it gets …”
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