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“Support, encouragement and love can change the course of a person’s life”: Daniel Levy

popular sitcom Schitt’s Creek made history in 2020 because not only won seven Emmy Awardsbut also broke stereotypes, represented inclusiveness, and captured our hearts with its loving, funny and quirky characters.

As the show progressed, one couldn’t help but fall in love with David and Patrick’s beautiful relationship.

Daniel Levywho played David on the show, reflected on the encouragement he received growing up and why he created Schitt’s Creek to GLAAD media awards.

Recalling his high school days, Dan said, “I thought I would have to live with this secret of being gay for the rest of my life, because I didn’t have the security of seeing a lot of people like me being celebrated in popular culture.”

Talk about his journey – from being bullied in high school to gaining worldwide acclaim for Schitt’s Creek – he said: “I was supported by my friends at the time, a group of very strong, funny and dazzling young women who were the keepers of my secret and the protectors of my soul.”

“They never let the threat of high school kids, who didn’t know how to deal with my hidden homosexuality, affect my happiness.”

Dan also said he was encouraged by his high school English teacher, who told him there was something special about his writing and asked him to think about pursuing it.

“And finally, I was blessed with a family who stood by me fiercely and unconditionally when I needed it most,” he said.

“I don’t know if I would have found a way to come out of the closet – let alone create the opportunity to tell stories on television that affected some kind of positive change in the world – if I hadn’t not had the support to build up my courage and my love to give me a sense of security.

According to him, support, encouragement and love; three relatively simple acts of kindness that can change the course of a person’s life. “And yet, for so many members of our beautiful communitythese simple, transformational acts of kindness are not within reach.

For him, creating the show was his “personal way of offering support, encouragement, and love to those who might not have it in their homes, schools, or everyday lives.”

Concluding his speech, Dan promised to do his part to celebrate the radiant LGBTQ+ community in all the work he would do in the times to come.

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