Lauren Fairweather continues Treetopia’s fabulous Colors of Love! This bubbly and perky creator has seemingly done it all. A musician, videographer, and artist, she’s produced plenty of content that has brought smiles to people’s faces around the world. She is a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community, expressing its mission of acceptance, representation, and pride in her work. Read more to learn about how she sees (and spreads) the magic of diversity.
How do you express yourself online through social media?
I use social media to share my creative projects and interact with the community that has formed around them. Whether I’m making a YouTube video, taking a photo of a craft I’ve made, or writing and recording a song, social media has given me many ways to get that work out to the people who want to see it.
What are some of the feedback that you’ve gotten in regard to how you express yourself?
It means a lot to me when someone reaches out to tell me that they feel less alone because of my work. Being true to myself and unapologetically enthusiastic has allowed me to reach people who accept me for who I am.
How involved are you in the LGBTQ community?
I’ve been lucky to find a really accepting and creative fandom community where LGBTQIA+ folks are in the majority. I don’t feel like I have to hide or justify my sexuality around them so I’ve become more comfortable with incorporating the fact that I’m bisexual into more of my work as a result. For a long time, even within the larger LGBTQIA+ community, I’ve felt like I needed to hide my sexuality due to the way I’ve been treated because of it, so finding a smaller group of people who aren’t as quick to judge has helped me to be more proud of who I am.
What’s your favorite thing about the LGBT community?
For a long time, I’ve been enjoying the way that some queer folks create fan works that add LGBTQIA+ representation to the books and other media we love. Even as queer representation in media is starting to become more diverse, I’ve been very positively affected by fanart, fanfiction, and even fan music where folks are making sure they are represented and seen.
Name one misconception about the community that you wish to change.
I’m not the biggest fan of the misconception that being bisexual is a phase or that I am somehow choosing a side as soon as I’m in a relationship.
Favorite Gay Icon?
Mermaid or Unicorn?
Britney or Christina?
One must go, who would you pick? Beyoncé, Mariah or Cher? Why?
I can’t think of Cher without remembering that Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode where Buffy’s first college roommate won’t stop playing “Believe”.
We’d like to thank Lauren for taking part in our fun and unique celebration of love and individuality! You can follow her crafts on her website and across her social media channels: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Tune in next week as our very own Jennifer Perkins wraps up Colors of Love. Happy Pride Month!