RACE TO SHOW WE CAN BEAT THE BULLIES
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.’’
Kynt Cothron (left) and Vyxsin Fiala say gothic people are not depressed and socially inept.