SAN DIEGO -- There is no shortage of creative types in the San Diego community, and Mike Curry is one of those people who can easily take an idea and make it something beautiful.
As co-founder and creative director of A Note To My Kid, the locally-based website that shares messages of love and support for LGBTQ people, Curry uses his talent to give back to the community in a big way. He shares that much of his support for the project is because he wishes his family had a communication tool like this to gain a better understanding of the LGBTQ community.
At 29 years old, Curry has also recently founded a lifestyle company that focuses on dogs and good design, Magnus & Birk. One of the brand's first endeavors is a line of T-shirts for extra small-to-medium sized mutts, focused on vivid colors, patterns and prints.
Curry, who is "happily taken" by his partner Patrick Wallace, is the proud parent of two Brussels Griffons named Magnus and Burk, the inspiration for his company.
"Like most good pet owners, our dogs – Magnus and Birk – take center stage in our lives,” Curry said. “We’re also head-over-heels in love with good design that’s smart and fun, so it made perfect sense to put two of our favorite things together – our dogs and good design."
Originally from Durham, N.C., Curry says he loves living in San Diego, and shares more about his community work and life below:
What organization(s) do you volunteer for, and why?
As a co-founder and Creative Director of A Note To My Kid, I’m constantly inspired by the messages of unconditional love and support that are forwarded to us from all over the world. I grew up in the south where most of the culture is rooted in traditional values and the conventional idea that homosexuality is wrong. For me, there was no communication between my family about being gay or even understanding what it truly meant aside from the negative and often derogatory connotations. I don’t believe that my family meant to be hurtful by not initially accepting my being gay, I believe that they didn’t have the resources or experience to know how to respond.
That’s why I believe so strongly in what A Note To My Kid does: providing stories and messages of understanding and unconditional love between the families of the LGBTQ community.
What motivates you to do the volunteer work you do?
Movement motivates me to volunteer. Whether we accept it or not, our society is in a constant state of movement and we as integral parts of this society can work to direct it down one path or another. I hope to have a positive impact on the movement toward acceptance.
Do you volunteer because of your work, or not? And what do you do for a career?
Even though they all seem to blend together at times, volunteering is separate from my daily career. I’m the creative director of Bumbleride, a baby mobility company based here in San Diego as well as the founder of Magnus & Birk, a new dog accessory brand inspired by my pups. This has been an incredibly fun brand to create.
What is something that many people do not know about you?
I grew up surrounded by the deaf community, which I credit to my being a visual learner.
What would you like to see change in the LGBT community?
Representation. We’re so very diverse as a community and I’m excited to see our representation expanding.
What do you like most about the local LGBT community?
San Diego is so active. I’m inspired by its "go get 'em" mentality.
What sorts of things do you do to enrich your social life other than volunteering?
I have a deep love of music and design so I try to catch as many live shows and art exhibits as I can.
If you could host a dinner party and invite three people (dead or alive), who would they be and why?
My grandmother, Lorese, because she was the warmest person I knew; Charles Eames, because of his tremendous impact in the design community; and Sia, because of her unmatched artistic talent and support of the LGBTQ community.
Top left: Mike with his partner Patrick.
Middle left: Mike's dogs Magnus and Burk, modeling some of the tees from the brand inspired by them.
Bottom left: Mike and Patrick with community leader Big Mike Phillips.
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