I think this is an incredibly important project because of two main reasons–firstly, the spark Lexa set off with her death, and secondly, the fundraiser that spawned from it.
For me, it wasn’t the death that was tragic: it was witnessing all these young fans, these vulnerable LGBT fans–lose hope. I think we must consider that some fans do not live in harmony with their sexuality or are necessarily comfortable with it; that some fans might even be in a position where their families don’t accept their sexuality, their friends, peers, colleagues–just don’t.
This is not to say it doesn’t affect fans who are the converse of that. But I think Lexa offered some real escapism and inspiration to LGBT viewers of the show; she was lovingly portrayed, widely adored, gave talented artists and writers the inspiration to create beauty. When you see everyone like that–and it doesn’t matter if you cannot write fanfiction or draw fanart–lose hope, are in despondency, it’s heartbreaking. Especially to that demo.
Secondly, the fundraiser I think is absolutely inspirational and for a fantastic charity. The Trevor Project has saved so many LGBT youths’ lives and will continue to do so. The sheer amount of money raised is absolutely mind-boggling, and will go on to save so many more. It isn’t to say it’ll save LGBT lives worldwide–but goodness, if you could just save some, wouldn’t you? It is easy to spite and be angry at the situation–and I think harder to rise above it and create something positive. The fundraiser and movement itself has spurred fanartists to draw again; fic writers to write again; it’s been amazing.
To see testimonials come in from different fandoms, different generations–it’s got a global, wide reach and it is absolutely wonderful. From a personal point of view–I like to check it every day. It inspires me to keep my chin up and keep going. Not because of Lexa’s death, just of life in general. And quite simply I needn’t waffle: if a trashy death can spur a lifesaving movement…isn’t that amazing?!