I found out today that the videos I’ve made discussing bisexuality and coming to terms with my sexual orientation are no longer available in age restricted mode because they are considered “potentially inappropriate.” The purpose of those videos is to educate people about LGBTQ issues, and more specifically, to show people questioning their own sexualities that they’re not alone and they are valid and normal. The fact that children and teens who may be questioning their own orientations may not have access to them is absolutely heart breaking to me. When I was younger, seeing LGBTQ characters represented in media meant everything to me. My first exposure to “homosexuality” was in a repressive catholic school environment where teachers repeatedly taught me that being gay or queer was a sin and would land you a one way ticket to hell. I didn’t even know bisexuality was a *thing* until high school. I was forced to cling to shows like Degrassi and, admittedly, Glee (problematic aspects of the show aside) to get a small understanding of my own sexuality and see parts of myself represented that I had yet to come to terms with. Representation is important and YouTube is a special form of media where LGBT perspectives and experiences are widely shared and accessible to everyone. I’m honestly devastated that questioning gay/queer/bi kids might be restricted from seeing videos that could inform, support, and affirm their experiences and help them feel a little less alone.
So I've been wanting to learn how to sew with a sewing machine, but I have no idea where to start, I'd like to get a decent one but not something crazy expensive. do you have any recommendations on machines? And maybe tips so I don't sew my finger into a piece of fabric😱