It is a dirty business, but there is a new, trendy, art-filled genre of interior design, which is designed to help people feel connected to the world around them.
There is a growing trend to create art-friendly homes.
And, there are those who are still in the closet about their sexuality.
The term is being embraced by those who do not want to be judged for who they are, said Amanda Miller, a professor of architectural history at Georgia State University in Atlanta.
“There is still a huge closet that is not being openly acknowledged,” she said.
While many people who don’t identify as LGBT have a history of being closeted, Miller said, people who identify as straight or gay can still be at a greater risk for homelessness.
Homelessness in the U.S. has been on the rise, as more people move away from cities and are finding jobs, Miller noted.
But she noted that some of the LGBT people she has talked to have found a home in new places, like Atlanta, Atlanta International Airport and New York’s Times Square.
This new style of interior decorating is often inspired by nature and art, said Miller.
Many of the pieces are “not for the faint of heart,” she told CNN.
In some cases, Miller found the style to be too feminine, as well as the lack of detail and color in the spaces, she said, though it is possible to create beautiful spaces with this style.
One example of this style of home design is a house in San Francisco, which was designed by a lesbian couple, Miller explained.
It features a rainbow of colored light bulbs and a large window that overlooks a tree.
The design was inspired by the “beautiful” and “fierce” color of the rainbow, she added.
Miller said the LGBT community has to be “courageous” and aware of the risks, especially those who have been in the “dark” about their sexual orientation.
Miller also noted that the design of this home can be a “cultural touchstone,” which can help people “connect” with their neighbors and others, she explained.
“The LGBT community is in the spotlight.
We are not alone.
This home was a moment to take a step back and be proud of who we are,” Miller said.
“This is an important moment in our lives.”
For more information about homelessness and LGBTQ homelessness, visit the National Coalition for the Homeless website.
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