Meet T.H.E. Team: Amanda Guilford

Me!

What about T.H.E. resonates with you? Why were you moved to join T.H.E. team?

People are PEOPLE. They’re all different, they’re all unique, and NO ONE should have the right to tell anyone to be anything but who they are. I’ve had difficulty being myself my entire life, and that’s a human experience I’m sure plenty of people can identify with. My interest in this project is to help people feel like they can be themselves, because we’re all part of this crazy thing, this crazy existence, and not a one of us should feel like we’re anything but fantastic just as we are!

What impassions you?

My writing, and my creativity. I can’t say enough about how amazing I feel when my fingers are hitting the keyboard and I’m coming up with something new. Although I’m my own worst critic when it comes to my own writing, I can’t ever find the words for why I do it. It’s just the passion in my life, and I go where it takes me.

What projects are you working on outside of T.H.E.?

Currently I’m making my second attempt at NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), which runs from November 1st to November 30th. 50,000 words in 30 days is A LOT, and every spare second I have is supposed to be spent slaving away at my computer…although I’m easily distracted, so I’m already a bit behind. But this project will hopefully be the biggest reason for my insanity this month.

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What are the top three things that instantly bring a smile to your face?

My cat, Scarlett O’Hara, who drew me out of what I feel was one of the saddest moments in my adult life thus far. She made me smile again, and to have something else to take care of made me happy. My friend Steph and her love of My Little Pony never fails to make me laugh, and the daily stories about my friend’s children are always the best reason to smile.

What’s one of your favorite aspects about the queer community?

The acceptance. I think that so many people struggled to be accepted for so long, and while I find it absolutely inexcusable for anyone to refuse to accept someone different than themselves, I think that obstacle gives anyone in the queer community the desire and the need to ensure that no one else ever feels anything less than part of the family. This isn’t always true for everyone, I’m sure, but I’ve never once felt anything less than welcome with anyone in that particular community. And that’s something I’ve always searched for in my life- to be wanted, and cared for without judgement about who I may or may not love.

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What’s one thing you’d like to change within the queer community?

Honestly, I can’t say. I think that in any community I’d like to change the segregation aspect – if that’s the word I’m looking for. I want to erase the lines everywhere, and just have the world view people as PEOPLE. Whether they’re black, white, gay, straight, or have purple hair and a cat tail. It doesn’t matter. And while I know some people might view that hope as naive and foolish, I think that someday we really will have that. It may not ever be in my lifetime, but it will happen someday. It has to.

What passions and strengths are you most excited to bring to T.H.E. and what aspects of T.H.E. are you most excited to get involved with?

My hope for the future. You read stories about bombings, about homeless children and people abusing the welfare system and you think about how terrible things might sound – but I think that this, someday, can be fixed. Everything. I think hope is my strength, although some days I’m sure I’m filled with such despair about things that it doesn’t seem I ever had hope. I want to bring that strength to pull myself out of the darkness and share that with others. I want to be involved in getting people to share their experiences and show the world that humanity is full of color and light and amazing people whose stories NEED to be told. I want people to tell their stories and know that those are helping others to share theirs. Everyone is a part of it, and I want to be a part of it too.

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