@LunahBat, 31 – FUNDED

@LunahBat has been gaming since she was very young — her fondest memories are playing Ocarina of Time with her dad or watching in awe as her big brother “kicked butt” on his Gameboy. The BroadcastHER Grant winner’s first game love was Zelda. But, what she really loves is the shared experience of gaming — the excitement of a triumph or wallowing together in the face of defeat.

What is your dream as a digital broadcaster?

My dream is to bring representation to Twitch for women and disabled communities.

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

This grant will allow me to upgrade my equipment and accessibility devices, so I can focus my energy on creating engaging content for my community and further connect with other disabled content creators.

What does being the recipient of the BroadcastHER Grant mean to you?

It means that disabled voices are important and makes me feel included in this space. It assures me that creators — big and small — can use their voices to speak on important issues or just create a safe and happy place for people to feel welcome.

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

More organizations and opportunities like BroadcastHER are vital to women establishing their presence in these areas.

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

Being disabled has meant that there are a lot of obstacles in my path when it comes to streaming — schedules, proper equipment, accessibility limitations in games, to name a few. There aren’t a lot of specific opportunities to help elevate creators, so collaborating with others who have been successful and found a way to grow is an important part of the process for me.

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

START. Don’t let equipment, experience, or limitations hold you back if this is something you’re truly interested in pursuing. Seek mentors and advice from creators you admire and accept that you will learn and grow at your own pace.

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals?

By staying engaged with the people who inspire me every day!