Meet T.H.E. Team: Lauren Maier

Photo Credit: Martyn Compton

Photo Credit: Martyn Compton

What about T.H.E. resonates with you? Why were you moved to join T.H.E. team?
The entire team consists of some of the most positive, open-hearted people I have had the pleasure to know on the Internet, especially Emelina. As a heterosexual, cis-gendered woman I am very aware of my privilege and the way that privilege blinds me, so I hesitate to engage with the queer community. Because the T.H.E. ladies are so fabulous and kind, I’m not afraid to ask questions and I know (or at least I hope) I’ll have the freedom to learn more about the queer community.

What impassions you?

Stories. Human stories, fairy stories, fantasy stories, illustrated stories, old stories. Theatre. Webcomics. Feminisms. Graphic Novels. Geek culture. Making things that make people happy. Sending postcards.

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

My PhD! There’s not much besides that, it takes up quite a large chunk of my time. I was learning to knit and crochet and I can whip up a lovely scarf or two, but I left all of my supplies back in the States. I’m definitely trying to write more and not just blogging, but fiction and poetry.

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

I have to pick three? At the moment, it’s going to London (I adore that city. When the National Theatre and the British Film Institute sit side by side on the Thames you really can’t go wrong.), reading anything Neil Gaiman has written (Sandman: Overture hit the stands on Wednesday! And Neverwhere still haunts my soul, seven years after I first read it.), and seeing my favorite indie band live (I’m always that girl bouncing in front of the stage like a little kid on a sugar high). Oh, and Hayao Miyazaki films, especially Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle. Also, postcards! Postcards are lovely because they’re reminders that the sender loves you and you can post them on your wall or fridge so you never forget.

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What’s one of your favorite aspects about the queer community?
All binaries are obsolete! I didn’t start actively learning about the queer community until three or four years ago and the world I grew up in was largely white and heteronormative. Although the people within that world were loving, open-minded, and supportive of the LGBTIA community, the idea of a gender and sexuality binary (male OR female, homosexual OR heterosexual) was very much engrained in their thinking. I didn’t discover that a person’s gender and sexuality were simply points on various spectrums until after I graduated college, and every day I’m learning more (which I think is utterly brilliant).

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

Err…I don’t know that I can answer that. Not just because I’m wary of ANYONE (myself especially) commenting on movements and cultures from a position of privilege, but also because I feel like I simply don’t know. My experiences of the queer community consist of the small handful of queer friends I have had over the years, a few “mainstream” movies (Priscilla Queen of the Desert and To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything hardly count as a well-rounded primer on queer culture), and the Internet (thank you Erika Moen and T.H.E.!).

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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?

I would really like to work with T.H.E. to reach out to more queer artists on the web, especially those who create webcomics. These people are vital in creating safe, easily accessible queer spaces on the Internet and I would like to highlight their work.

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