Gwendolyn is a student at Texas A&M University. She is a trans woman who powers through her long distance relationship with the upmost passion and willpower to not pick-up and run out of state to her girlfriends. Grace is also a student at Texas A&M University, focusing on her art work. Her favorite thing to do is hang out with her friends and doodle. Due to certain circumstances involving their varying level of “out of the closet,” their names have been changed. The following interview has been transcribed word for word, for better or worse.
What movie or show growing up was really important to you?
Gwen: What’s the max age you’ll accept for growing up? [Yes.] Fucking. Monty Python’s Flying Circus. It was a huge part of the development of my sense of humor. I barely remember growing up, so please be nice to me.
Grace: Absolutely Teen Titans. It was the only show I recorded on DVR.
Looking back what do you think about it would still impact you?
Gwen: Like, now? It makes me think of like rejecting masculinity and what was expected of me going my own way. Do I cry watching it sometimes? Yes, I have.
Grace: Ah geez. Teen Titans was like the example of good friendship and I think that’s why I watched it so much. Since I didn’t have that good of friendships and I was home alone all the time. And it was like a supplement and now it feels really nostalgic like old friends which is why I hate revamps and all that nonsense. I’ve never thought about why I liked Teen Titans so much and I kinda want to cry now? So thanks.
What’s the best queer representation you’ve seen recently?
Gwen: Do indie virtual novels count? [I technically didn’t elaborate and that’s on me.] In mainstream stuff, the answer is going to be Prey, I think. In it there’s a lesbian couple on the station and they’re some of the last survivors of the Incident. They die, but like. They’re alive for a bit and I love them. Additionally, if you play a female main character, you had a relationship with a woman called Mikaela a couple months before the game starts. She’s there regardless of your gender. Both of them are treated like super casually and it makes me happy to see.
Grace: I think the best representation I’ve seen is in this super cute webcomic that has a whole variety of relationships, and it’s really nice. This webcomic just had good representation all around! Different body types and skin colors and handicaps. It’s just really, really good. It’s called Always Human.
How long have you been openly queer?
Gwen: I’m not openly queer so like, negative eight years.
Grace: I’m not really open to anyone at home. I think actually it’s like four people total who know because I’m still figuring literally everything out.
How has being queer changed how you see movies and TV?
Gwen: Uh, fucking. I feel like I appreciate like characters and stuff more. Like maybe it’s not just being afraid of emotions and stuff. Also shipping is a thing now, so I feel less creepy about being gay. What with the not wanting to look like the creepy dude reblogging wlw (women loving women) fanart.
Grace: I notice a lot more when different relationships are included, and I notice it a lot more when they’re not. And because I’m pan I still don’t see myself specifically a lot because it presumes that they’re with one or the other, then they’re with only that. And they’re mostly side characters so you don’t really find out, you know? I ship a lot more characters than I used to because there’s like double the options now.