@FrazleyS, 31 – FUNDED

@FrazleyS (she/her) is an LGBTQIA2U+ streamer and is proudly a trans woman and aro ace. The BroadcastHER Grant winner is a variety streamer and plays many games, but feels most passionate about ensuring her community is inclusive and that everyone feels welcome and loved.

What is your dream as a digital broadcaster?

I want to be able to help individuals see a trans person represented in media. I want to encourage individuals to explore themselves and help them change the world so that no genders are marginalized.

How will your award from the 1,000 Dreams Fund help you reach your goals?

One of the main things I do on Twitch is stream games and this grant will help me continue to stream and not have to worry about my eyesight when playing games.

What does being a recipient mean to you?

It means I’m seen for what I’ve done — and that there’s value in what I do. I feel like I am accepted as part of the community.

Women are underrepresented in gaming, broadcasting, and e-sports. What can we do to change this?

I believe one thing that can be changed is actually the exact wording of this question. Considering what has happened with the gameHERS recently, I think changing that phrase to include marginalized genders would go a LONG way to helping make spaces welcoming for all individuals who are not cis men.

There is a lot of intersectionality in this space and we need to be mindful of all individuals — not just women. As a trans woman, I’m a woman and will fight to help make the space better. But I also cannot ignore the plight of the non-binary, agender, and trans-men in my life and in this space. I cannot do it without them. They are some of the most hardworking advocates for change in this space. We are a team — and we are all better for it.

What are some of the challenges you have faced along the way?

I’ve faced harassment, not being seen as a woman, not being seen as valid — and having people leave me when I start becoming vocal.

What advice do you have for women who want to start broadcasting?

I would advise them to have protections in place for when things happen — and to not put a standard on themselves for how they act or dress. The body of a woman is typically held to a higher standard than men’s bodies; we are put up to a higher scrutiny and standard. Be ready to be bold and fully you. Don’t give up your dignity or self-respect for anyone. No one dictates you — let alone a cis man.

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals?

I try to remember those who came before me and my friends motivate me, as well. I also try to remember why I do what I do.