@TheStarSys, 24- FUNDED

@TheStarSys is a plural system of many gamer girls with a passion for helping others and making friends. They’re an LGBTQIA+ inclusive community — and system-inclusive, of course, too — and explore gaming with plurality, autism, and burnout. They love video games, tech, fashion, cars, and making people happy.

Meet the four alters, or system members, of this BroadcastHER Grant winner who all participate in streaming from time to time:

  • Brieannah (or Brie) is the main person you will see when watching the channel! She is very outgoing and friendly and fairly interactive with chat! She is also the alter in “front” most of the time.
  • Reina tends to be a lot more reserved and much more focused on the game instead of streaming. If you see them playing a lot of Baptiste in game or McCree in Overwatch, it is likely Reina fronting, as that is her favorite character.
  • Ari tends to be very bubbly and excited, though she also can be easily startled. She has a higher vocal register than both Brie and Reina, so it tends to be a little more noticeable when she’s fronting.
  • Vanta is generally relatively calm but stern. She’s their trauma holder and also happens to be an age slider (meaning, her age can shift up and down) and tends to not front as often due to crippling anxiety, unfortunately.

What is your dream as a digital broadcaster?

I want to continue to build a community that can be an inclusive space for the many others around the world that are like me — LGBTQIA+ and plural — who otherwise have very few spaces to call home.

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

Quite a bit of the funding is going to paying some wonderful artists for an additional model and rigging for one of our alters, as my model is already done and ready to go! The remaining money will be going into computer hardware and other parts that will be needed to repair things for the stream before the debut.

What does being a recipient mean to you?

Before becoming a recipient of this grant, I was actually a frequent fundraiser for 1DF. Having worked many of these fundraisers in the past — putting in the effort to help enable the dreams of many others like myself — I feel humbled by being a recipient of the very program I’ve helped raise money for. I hope to use my grant to continue my streaming journey, and on that journey, I hope to pay it forward by raising more and more money for the BroadcastHER program.

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

I love that we have events, tournaments, and so much more for women in gaming as a whole. But, unfortunately, I believe these are insufficient solutions. They help so much but, ultimately, more effort needs to be put in by the gaming community to better enable and empower the women in these spaces. I feel that will only come with more time and more understanding from the men dominating these spaces. I hope we can find a way to help educate them on the issues we face with representation.

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

Yes, I have been harassed over being transgender, plural, and lesbian. Really, the challenges I face on a daily basis through being a woman in gaming always come back to just that: harassment.

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

Go for it. Don’t let anything stop you from at least trying. Your dreams are worth exploring, and you should take any opportunity you can to make them a reality. I believe in you!

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals?

I think about the future that I want to live in and think about the things that need to change before that future can become reality. Having a goal is one thing, but you need to know what steps to take to reach those goals. Write them down; make sticky notes; do whatever you need to do — but don’t lose sight of what needs to happen to reach your goals! Target those steps one at a time, and you’ll reach those goals in no time.