RACE TO SHOW WE CAN BEAT THE BUL­LIES

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VYXSIN Fiala and Kynt Cothron, who dis­cov­ered their gothic side in their teens, have ex­pe­ri­enced their share of dis­crim­i­na­tion and bul­ly­ing.

It’s th­ese sad in­ci­dents, cou­pled with want­ing to get as far as they could in the race, that in­spired them to be on the show. They hope their par­tic­i­pa­tion can boost the es­teem of peo­ple strug­gling for ac­cep­tance in so­ci­ety.

‘‘Kynt and I have had our share of bul­ly­ing, name-call­ing and un­for­tu­nately some­times things that are worse than that,’’ Fiala, who has been dat­ing Cothron for three years, says.

‘‘Go­ing on the race has given us the op­por­tu­nity to show peo­ple that it’s what lies in the heart that mat­ters, not the way we are on the out­side.’’

Cothron says: ‘‘There are so many mis­con­cep­tions that gothic peo­ple are de­pressed and so­cially in­ept, but we are here to show them that’s the fur­thest from the truth.’’

Not us:

Kynt Cothron (left) and Vyxsin Fiala say gothic peo­ple are not de­pressed and so­cially in­ept.

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