Our month long celebration of love and creativity comes to a close with our Brand Ambassador, Jennifer Perkins. A cherished friend to all, Jen is a talented mother of two, avid crafter, blogger, and thrift-a-holic. A believer in “craftivity”, Jen spreads her message of color, joy, and fun through her work. Read on to find out more about how Jen expresses her fabulous style and personality.
How do you express yourself online through social media?
I express myself in full color and kitsch through my social media channels. I recently got a new T-shirt that says: “You will be too much for some people, those are not your people”. This has been the story of my life since I was a little girl being called Rainbow Brite and Punky Brewster on the playground. I wore it like a badge of honor then and I still do now through my social channels.
What are some of the feedback that you’ve gotten regarding how you express yourself?
People who follow my social channels are like-minded liberal lovers of colorful Christmas trees, thrift store scores, and self-expression. On my social channels, I feel like I found my tribe and my people.
How involved are you in the LGBTQ community?
I live in the outermost reaches of one of the most liberal cities in the country, Austin, TX. The beauty of this city is that if you live here it’s almost a given that you are accepting of everyone and all ways of life. It’s in the water and that is why I moved here as quickly as I could during college. Finding an accepting community in Texas can sometimes be a challenge but in Austin, it just goes without saying. So many people in Austin moved from smaller more rural areas for this same reason so often if you live here it is because you wanted to find ‘your people’ or ‘your community’.
Even out here in suburbia, away from the hustle and bustle of downtown, the LGBTQ community is represented. This is exactly why my husband and I wanted to raise our children here. We want our children to know there is diversity in the world and to embrace everyone with an open heart. Though I am not personally a member of the LGBTQ community I am involved vicariously by making sure my children, my nephews, my family, my friends and those whom I choose to associate with are accepting of everyone.
What’s your favorite thing about the LGBT community?
I love any type of community that rallies around a good cause and brings diversity to the surface. The world is a better place when everyone is happy and can truly be themselves. This is the kind of world I want for my children – a world where they can grow up to be anything and anyone they want to be and know that people will love and accept them.
Favorite Gay Icon?
Mermaid or Unicorn?
Team Unicorn all the way!
Britney or Christina?
Britney – le duh.
One must go, who would you pick? Beyoncé, Mariah or Cher? Why?
I don’t think anyone ever needs to go, but let’s just say there is no Cher on any of my playlists.
Describe the LGBTQ community in three words.
Vibrant, inclusive, and passionate.
We’d like to thank Jennifer Perkins for joining our Pride Month celebration! You can follow Jen on Instagram and Facebook. For more of her fun and crafty projects, please check out her blog, JenniferPerkins.com. Join us next week as we wrap up this fabulous celebration with the Rainbow Squad and their fabulous wreaths!