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“Art creates conversation which creates relationships which creates community” — 5 Minutes with Lindz of Queer Kid Stuff

Queer Kid Stuff, hosted by Lindz Amer and their best stuffed friend Teddy, explain queer topics through a vlog-style conversation with young viewers focused on love and family. These short videos are a tool for parents, teachers, and LGBTQ+ adults to help them explain these words and ideas to young children in their lives.

CMA first met Lindz while planning for CMA’s annual Pride Festival. Although in-person programs paused for the moment, Queer Kid Stuff is hosting live concerts on Instagram every Wednesday at 10 AM EST, in addition to producing their new podcast Activist, You!

Can you tell us about Queer Kid Stuff and how working with children inspires you?

Queer Kid Stuff is an LGBTQ+ and social justice webseries for all-ages. My best-stuffed friend, Teddy, and I talk about gender, the LGBTs, consent, activism, and so much more! Working with children inspires me to see things from the bright side. There is a lot that can be sad and frustrating about being LGBTQ+, but when I’m talking about it with young people, I’m filled with hope!

Teddy the stuffed bear is an amazing co-host! How did Teddy come to star in your videos?

Teddy is awesome! I’ve actually had Teddy since I was a baby. They’ve been around my whole life so it was a no-brainer to bring on Teddy when I realized I would need a co-host for QKS. 

How does art have the power to connect and support community bonds? Why is it important to make art accessible to all children and families?

This is a big question! I think art is something we can gather around; whether that’s actually physically gathering together to see art or bringing us together through a commonality. Art creates conversation which creates relationships which creates community. And I think the same thing goes for creation as well! Ultimately, we are all just trying to process the complexities of the world around us and express our perspectives to each other. And I think that is so important for children and families, particularly while children are learning about the world and beginning to understand where they fit.

What advice do you have for parents who want to address a serious social or political issue with their children? Is there a way to use art to facilitate these conversations?

I think it definitely depends on the topic. But, I think the key is to make sure you are having those conversations and not shying away from them. Children pick up on everything! Not addressing it is always worse than not talking about it at all. That said, some topics are scarier than others. It’s important to go into the conversation with a message of support. Letting them know that there are grown ups around them who are there to make sure they stay safe. And you can absolutely use art to tackle tough topics! Right now, while we’re in this pandemic, you can work together to write your family’s own hand-washing song. You can draw rainbows together to put in your windows to spread hope, or you can teach them how to sew masks. These are actionable ways to get them involved and help children feel like they can help others through their art.

Do you have a favorite memory of making art as a child?

My mom kept a lot of my childhood art. My favorites are a portrait of Amelia Earhart next to her plane, a very mismatched plastic-bead thing that my mom still uses as a trivet, and a laminated life-size self-portrait. 

Can you share a work or artist that inspires you to make art?

I love television and movies and I think Steven Universe is probably one of my all-time favorite shows. It’s for kids and it’s super queer!

While our doors are closed, CMA is here for you and your family with at-home art projects to keep children entertained and engaged. However, every day we’re closed puts the future of CMA in further jeopardy.

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