How Do You Like Me Now (HDYLMN) Productions, Inc. exists because great success is the best revenge.
The organization formed following the suicide death of a local young man named Nicolas.
“Nic” had been bullied relentlessly about his perceived sexual orientation — perceived because, at 14, how could anyone other than Nic truly know? — before ending his life own on October 8, 2011. While his classmates celebrated a birthday less than two miles away, Nic tragically left this world, his family and his friends.
We, the founders of HDYLMN (Ed, Grant and Robert), felt compelled to take action. For months, we attempted to honor Nic’s memory and raise awareness of the devastating impact of bullying by working with local community theaters to bring a production of “The Laramie Project” to the stage.
Finally, frustrated by insurmountable obstacles, we started our own nonprofit theater to produce the play in Howard County, thus beginning an amazing adventure. Though Robert soon moved on to pursue other opportunities HDYLMN continues to push forward in its mission.
The organization has now expanded into two divisions:
Stand Up For…Theatre (SUFT) presents musicals and plays with themes that advocate acceptance over tolerance.
Erase Hate Through Art (EHTA) curates fine art exhibitions of original work by artists who support our fight against bullying and hate crimes in the LGBTQ+ community and for all of humanity.
“When you achieve to what they said you never could. Look over your shoulder and ask, ‘How do you like me now?’”