My name is Rischa and I identify as an androgynous lesbian, and I am doing research with our community.
I am passionate about research because professionals use studies like this one to make decisions about our health care.
For this study, we are looking for women (trans-community included) 18 years of age or older, who self-identify as lesbian, bisexual, queer, or questioning (LBQ). The purpose of this study is to learn about gender presentation and substance use in LBQ women.
Make sure your experiences are heard, be a part of LBQ research!
You can complete a brief, anonymous 25-minute survey by going to www.lbqresearch.wordpress.com.
This study had been approved by the St. John’s University IRB. Thank you for your time.
Make sure your experiences are heard, be a part of LBQ research! Thank you for getting involved, and be sure to tell your friends to participate as well.
How do you identify?: Queer femme -- I'm in a 4-year relationship with a generally straight dude. He rules.
Interests/hobbies: Coffee-making, coffee chemistry, coffee nerdery. Photography, in particular self-portraiture. Going to see lots of live music and gathering gumption to make my own. Riding my bike as much as possible. Learning the ins and outs of opening a business opening someone else's place, because I plan to open my own in the next year. Also, scouring thrift stores and flea markets for that lovely thing I can't pass up. Collecting: Raggedy Ann and Andy things, dead things, old things with charm, jewels of the costume variety, and records that are scratched but have fabulous album art. Fashion, passably, but not mainstream things very much. I also do more than the average amount of baking.
Favourite books: How about authors instead? Jeffrey Eugenides, Ray Bradbury, Kurt Vonnegut, Thisbe Nissen, sometimes Augusten Burroughs, Tom Robbins, Carson McCullers, Henrik Ibsen, Zadie Smith, Anita Diamant. I collect books impulsively, mostly from flea markets and thrift stores, mostly about art and artists, photography, essay collections, historical collections, feminist collections from the 90's (awesomely hilarious at times), classics that I should have read in high school or college but only skimmed to write the assignment. I love books. I would trade books, actually, if someone wanted to do that.
Favourite films: The Royal Tenenabaums (ok, all of Wes Anderson), Shortbus + Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Love Actually, all the Nova specials on Netflix, all the historical documentaries on Netflix, all of the bad crime dramas on Netflix. Revenge of the Nerds, the Harry Potters, Clerks, terrible 80s films starring John Cusack, Joan Cusack, or Jeff Goldblum, Weird Science, Labyrinth, Doctor Who (I have a problem).
Favourite music: David Bowie, Dr. Dog, LCD Soundsystem (yes, still), Ponypants, Wanda Jackson and the other ladies of rockabilly, the Carter Family, Willie Nelson, Meryl Haggard, Hoots & Hellmouth, Peaches, Neko Case, Regina Spektor, Bon Iver, The Flaming Lips, Roky Erickson, Antony & the Johnsons, The Avett Brothers, SO MUCH MORE. Never too much.
What would you like to send/receive? Mix tapes or CDs, stickers from local businesses in your area, drawings or art that you make, letters telling me about you and your life happenings, fiction, 'zines, local independent news publications/magazines, photographs, small bits and bobbles you've found in your journeys -- basically anything.
Who would you like to send and receive mail from? Radical human beings... Probably 25+ in age, but I am not a stringent person.
What countries would you like to receive mail from and send to? Wherever, whenever.
Anything that you would particularly NOT like to receive? That which might get me arrested?
What would be in your dream letter or package? Taxidermy, an awesome letter, a hand-crafted piece of jewelry utilizing found objects, a map of a town I've never been to, or basically anything. I get excited to get mail. Period. End of subject.
Anything else you'd like to add? I have a cat; her name is Booker.
This is at a work function two days ago, and no, I don't wear glasses. They were photobooth props...?
Location: Chicago, IL, US
How do you identify?: Queer/Femme
Interests/hobbies: I love to read, watch movies, explore abandoned places, anything paranormal, tea sampling, animal cuddles, live music gigs, creating mixed media "art", vintage & thrift shopping, people cuddles, Tumblr!, beauty treatments, learning to drive, theme gatherings, anything in the Whedonverse, word games, decorating my new apartment, board games, philosphy, BDSM, psychology, mythology, fantasy, etc, et all.
Favourite writers: Sarah Waters, Jane Austen, Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant, Oscar Wilde, Ayn Rand, Chuck Palahniuk, Juliet Marillier, Charles de Lint, Louisa May Alcott, & about a hundred others.
Favourite TV-series: Buffy, Firefly, Dexter, Dark Angel, Alias, United States of Tara, Angel, Weeds, Dead Like Me, Roswell, Merlin, Family Guy, Veronica Mars, American Dad, Bones, Castle, Ghost Adventures, The Tudors... Mostly cancelled or I am WAY behind...
Favorite Music: My Chemical Romance; The Dresden Dolls; DeVotchKa; Majandra Delfino; Tegan & Sara; Eisley; Placebo; Pink; Manson; Emilie Autumn; Simon &Garfunkle; Hierosonic; Medieval Baebes; Eminem; Jewel; Anthony Stewart Head; James Marsters; David Bowie; 100 Monkeys; Blue October; Bassnectar. Older stuff from Placebo; Amy Lee; The Academy Is; Gogol Bordello; Fall Out Boy; Sugar Cult; Jimmy Eat World; All-American Rejects; Savage Garden. Basically anything rock; cabaret; industrial; oldies; gypsy; dance. I listen to it all. Even some country, but it's got to be 90's or older for the most part. Classical can be amazing.
What would you like to send/receive?: I would love more email pals, but I also really, really would like to start exhanging snail mail with anyone who is interested.
Who would you like to send and receive mail from?: Honestly, anybody, as long as they are able to respect different mentalities.
What countries would you like to receive mail from and send to?: Any, as long as can you write in English. Sorry!
What would be in your dream letter or package?: Letters are enough for me! However, I'm not opposed to eventually exhanging other types of things.
How do you identify?: Queer/Femme
Interests/hobbies: I like to go dumpster diving, read books, write letters, take a ”fika” with my friends, travel etc. This summer me and a friend went on a road trip in South east USA to visit our pen pals in prison. It was a fantastic (and sometimes sad) experience. We couch surfed different peoples homes and got to see the US beyond the big cities. I work at the Swedish LGBT-rights organisation and other than that I’m involved in a lot of feminist / queer / anarchist activism. I’m polyamorous and I like to discuss relationships, both in theory and practically.
Favourite writers: Haruki Murakami, Sofi Oksanen (read her!), Joyce Carol Oates, William Gibson, Jeanette Winterson etc etc (please do give me tips on good books – I tend to read way to fast and run out of books all of the time)
Favourite TV-series: America’s Next Top Model, Glee, United States of Tara, Six Ft Under, True Blood
What would you like to send/receive?: My letter set collection is getting way to big to not be used. I especially like kawaii style stationary or to make my own. You can be sure to never get a boring looking letter from me.
Who would you like to send and receive mail from?: Queer people out there who’d like to tell me about their everyday life, their views on relationships, activism or Tyra Banks latest hair style. Who’s not afraid to write about how to stay sane in a crazy heteronormative world. Enlight me :)
What countries would you like to receive mail from and send to?: Any as long as you write in English or Swedish.
What would be in your dream letter or package?: Just finding a hand written letter on my doormat with my name on it is enough to satisfy me.
Location: Bavaria, Germany
How do you identify?: queer, gay/female
Interests/hobbies: uhm… reading, writing, science, history, football/soccer, music, languages, astronomy, chemistry, biology, art, animals, etc
Favourite books: Sherlock Holmes, everything written by Franz Kafka and a lot more, I generally love books and therefore have many favorites, though those change with the time
Favourite films: --
Favourite music: The Beatles, Vienna Teng, Rammstein, Iron & Wine, Pink Floyd, Queen, etc.
What would you like to send/receive?: I’d be happy about everything, to be honest, short letters, long letters, postcards, sweets or whatever you would like to send :)
Who would you like to send and receive mail from?: I’d prefer gay/bisexual/queer women, to be quite honest. But anyone who’s interested is fine, too :)
What countries would you like to receive mail from and send to?: I don’t care which country you are from, though please not from Germany, as I’d love to send and receive letters/whatever from different countries than my own. Also, I can only communicate in German and English, though I would actually prefer English, but both is fine
Anything that you would particularly NOT like to receive?: nothing I can think of (well, obviously nothing homophobic, transphobic, racist, etc.)
What would be in your dream letter or package?: Something funny and creative, something personal and honest, a photo of your favorite place/pet/tree, a line from your favorite song, some of your favorite sweets… really, anything you can think of
Anything else you'd like to add?: I would love to talk with someone about the whole, you know, not-being-straight thing, as I don’t really have people in my real life to talk about that, especially because I had a rather hard time coming out even to myself. But I’m also open to anything else you want to talk about, be it politics, history, gossip, you favorite band/pet/music, etc. I would also like to get to know more about your country and the area you live in, as I find such things quite interesting. Also, we could communicate via email, but I’d prefer hand-written letters or postcards, to be honest.
Age: 15, but 16 soon.
How do you identify?: (sexuality/gender) Lesbian.
Interests/hobbies: Postcards, photography, cats. I'm actually a boring person, hahaha. I like getting mail from different places in the world and learning about other cultures and religions by having penpals.
Favourite books: I loooove reading. Thanks mum! :} My favourite author is Dean Koontz but other than him I mostly just pick novels from the shelves at the library and read the blurb.
Favourite films: Chick-flicks, hahaha. I love having a cry at a good movie. My Sister's Keeper (movie was much better than the book, btw), PS. I Love You, Never Been Kissed, The Lovely Bones. Lovelovelove Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, and the movies they made together.
Favourite music: So many different types, hahaha. I love Crowded House, Katy Perry, Kate Miller-Heidke, The Killers, Lily Allen, Patrick Wolf, Queen, Robbie Williams, I could go on forever!
What would you like to send/receive?: Snail mail :} Handwritten letters would be fab, I don't even care if your handwriting is messy.
Who would you like to send and receive mail from?: Anyone, really. Unless you're like 80 or something, then no ;)
What countries would you like to receive mail from and send to?: Anywhere. I only speak English though.
Anything that you would particularly NOT like to receive?: (eg. "food/candy with nuts") Australia bans the postage of food and things like tea and straw so no food please :}
What would be in your dream letter or package?: A really long letter, postcards from where you live, maybe a mix-CD would be fab.
Anything else you'd like to add?: I left school this year to study independent certification courses and I'm working part-time so I finally have spare time to get back to writing to penpals (No more exams, ekekekeke). I am so excited, so drop me a comment if you'd like for us to write :}
Age: 19 and 1/2
How do you identify?: I haven't quite figured this out yet. I am female and closer to femme than to butch. I am attracted to people who are intelligent, kind, and share my social and political values with little regard to outward appearance.
Interests/hobbies: I like to knit, write, read (obviously), send obnoxiously full envelopes, record myself reading poems and poetry onto cassette tapes, draw badly, stare at the cute girl in my feminism class, and cuddle with people who are having a bad day.
Favourite books: Wicked, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, and Mirror, Mirror by Gregory Maguire; A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray; Trickster's Choice by Tamora Pierce; Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling; The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood; Possession by A. S. Bayatt; The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova; Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; Full-Frontal Feminism by Jessica Valenti; Yes Means Yes by Jaclyn Friedman and Jessica Valenti; The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir; ... A lot of other things ...
Favourite films: I haven't seen as many movies as I wish I had. I love children's movies because I believe that the relationships are so much more believable, the humor is more light-hearted, and because I very rarely leave feeling badly about myself.
Favourite music: I like music that is light-hearted and upbeat, generally speaking, especially folk. Again, I am not as well-versed in music as I would like to be. Some of the bands I listen to frequently include Mumford and Sons, Sunset Rubdown, Iron & Wine, Josh Ritter, Kimya Dawson, The Bird and the Bee, and Andrea Gibson. (Does spoken word poetry count? It has lyrics ...)
What would you like to send/receive?: I can knit hats and scarves, I write stories and poems for people, I make awful paintings, I tear things out of magazines, and I can record myself reading stories for you. I'd like to send tangible letters and gifts, but I would also be okay with e-mail, since it's faster and more convenient for some people.
Who would you like to send and receive mail from?: Anyone who is kind, has an interest in arts and/or politics, and wants to send and receive mail from me, naturally.
What countries would you like to receive mail from and send to?: Any at all
Anything that you would particularly NOT like to receive?: Anything with animal products: I'm vegan
What would be in your dream letter or package?: Tea bags, lovely stories about someone's life, colorful photographs or paintings, small perfume samples, and genuine affection
Anything else you'd like to add?: I'm very shy at first. Please don't let that scare you off.
Picture: Yay, belly dancing!
Location: Rio de Janeiro/Brazil
How do you identify?: I am a female-bodied genderqueer. Even though I don't entirely like that I am a female, I do enjoy it fine, therefore being a femme. I am sexually and romantically attracted exclusively to males.
Interests/hobbies: Reading, watching to films, listening to music, Harry Potter, fandom/fanfiction, fashion, beauty and make-up, Jewish history, the Celts, other British/Norse/Barbaric civilizations, History, mythology, philosophy, sociology, Europe, London, England, gender studies, staying right on the edge between breaking the rules and not, sex, porn, photography, nudity, coffee, clubbing, drinking, psychology, Daniel Radcliffe, Keira Knightley, Katy Perry...
I am into BDSM!!! I identify myself as a Dominant, though (?) I am both Sadist and Masochist. I love corsets, stockings, and fishnet tights!!
Favourite books: Harry Potter series, Pride and Prejudice, Interview with the vampire, anything by Bernard Cornwell...
Favourite films: The Pianist, Schindler's List, Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, From Hell, The Edge of Love, Titanic, Harry Potter series, Saving Private Ryan...
Favourite music: Katy Perry, Coldplay, Kings of Leon, Simple Plan, Roxette, Brian Adams, Lords of Acid...
What would you like to send/receive?: Handwritten letters, cards, postcards, pictures, presents, sexual/adult/porny nature things. I am game for e-mail pals too, for the record ;)
Who would you like to send and receive mail from?: Anyone.
What countries would you like to receive mail from and send to?: Any country is fine, but I can only write in Portuguese (BR) and English.
Anything that you would particularly NOT like to receive?: I can't think of anything at the moment.
What would be in your dream letter or package?: Pictures. Better yet, a kinky, porny scrapbook.
Anything else you'd like to add?: I'm very much looking forward to meeting new people, who are nice and open-minded.
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Location: Billings, MT
How do you identify: High femme lesbian
Interests/hobbies: Crafts, clothing, music, dancing, writing, makeup, cooking, baking, playing video games, doing stand up (don't get your hopes up, I'm not that funny), and other stuff I can't think of.
Favorite books: Oh, too many!! I was an English major lol. Wuthering Heights, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Love in The Time of Cholera, Oranges are not the only fruit, Tipping the Velvet, Fluke, Good Omens, Jane Eyre, The Chosen, The Dresden Files, Stephen King novels, Dean Koontz novels, Everything is Illuminated, and Flowers in The Attic
Favorite Films: The Motorcycle Diaries, Schindler's List, Munich, The Indiana Jones movies (the first three), and Eulogy
Favorite Music: My VERY favorite is Jonathan Richman, and if you know who he is, I love you. I also like Dave Carter, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Ani Difranco, Anais Mitchell, Bright Eyes, showtunes, Lady Gaga, Joshua James, and most folk stuff.
What would you like to send/receive: postcards at first, since I collect them. emails, packages and such too. I'd love to do a CD exchange
Who from: ANYONE! No creepers, though, lol. I also would love people that would appreciate getting letters festooned with glitter and stickers.
What countries: any and all, though I would love to make friends in Montana and Wyoming, because it is a lonely place for a queermo.
What would you NOT like to receive: I do hate peanut butter lol. And please no naked pictures unless you are Sarah Silverman, in which case GO RIGHT AHEAD.
What would be in your dream letter or package: I don't know, something fun! I am terrible at descriptions.
Anything else: I'd love to meet more queer Jews, as well!
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Location: Louisiana, USA
How do you identify?: Effeminate female. *wears a lot of skirts*... I'm either: (a) bisexual with a tendency toward women; (b) a lesbian; or (c) pansexual, because I still think my ideal partner might be a cross-dresser, haha. I'm really not into labels because then it's like you have to be/act in a way that depicts that model. I'm more of a a "I am what I am" type person.
Interests/hobbies: Um... I love Japan for more than its anime and manga. I'm 2/3rd's finished with my psychology degree (possible art minor). I draw and paint, and write poetry that comes out in splatters but for some reason people still like it. I appreciate nature, coffee, and drag queens. I love opera and steaks. I'm crazy yet down to earth, emotional yet rational. I'm spiritual but not religious. I love talking to new people! When I'm not being in depth, I'm very random: expect anything and everything. I get wayyyy too much pleasure out of organizing. Art and music and creativity fuels my soul. I can't help but think too much. I love corsets and lace and painting my fingernails black. I can get way too hyper about things. I like to send people random stuff, bwaha.
Favourite books: I'm not ashamed to say that I really don't do books. I like a few manga series (Kuroshitsuji, Loveless, Godchild, etc.) because I can sit and ogle at the gorgeous artwork like a five-year-old. Otherwise, I enjoy some good poetry every now and then, but I love reading articles and non-fiction things more than I will ever enjoy a fiction novel. I enjoy reading about psychology (obviously), philosophy, art, sexuality, mythology, spirituality, culture... The list goes on!
Favourite films: Moulin Rouge, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, August Rush, Phantom of the Opera, V for Vendetta, Guys and Dolls, The Eye (original Chinese), various other Asian films. Wolf's Rain is an anime but it should count because it's incredible, haha. [Edit: Oh! And the Resident Evil and Underworld sagas.]
Favourite music: Symphonic metal is my favourite genre. Classical music, J-rock, or other rock music that has a point to it (can't stand "emo" bands). Within Temptation, Lisa Loeb, Flyleaf, Brandi Carlile, Malice Mizer, Chevelle, Muse, Sia, Blue October, Snow Patrol, Queen, Vanessa Carlton, Evanescence, Goo Goo Dolls, Korn, Savage Garden, Stella Soleil, Vanessa Mae, Velvet Eden, D'espairsRay, Kagerou, Plastic Tree, Rentrer en Soi, Minagawa Junko, Yoko Kanno, Bach, lots of others. I have music in like 20 different languages, whoa.
What would you like to send/receive?: Actually, I really like instant messaging programs, but I do understand that many people are too busy for that, and some times it's inconvenient because of time zones. So, e-mail is great, too. :D I make my own stationery and regularly write, but I probably won't be cool with "snail mail" until I really know you, sorry. =\
Who would you like to send and receive mail from?: Anyone who shares something to talk about. :D
What countries would you like to receive mail from and send to?: No preference. It's fascinating to talk to people from other parts of the world because the cultures are so diverse, but just know that I only speak English. (I know a little French and a little Japanese but probably not enough to get by with, haha)
Anything that you would particularly NOT like to receive?: Nothing randomly vulgar or gross?
What would be in your dream letter or package?: Anything constructed from elegant stationery with old fashioned ribbons and wax seals... Yeah.
Anything else you'd like to add?: I think that about covers it!
Age: 19, going on my 20
Location: Paris, France
How do you identify?: I'd say lesbian, but I can't be sure since I've never been in a relationship.
Interests/hobbies: Reading, writing, cooking (especially sweet stuff), walking aimlessly around the city or through the nature, talking about everything (even though I'm usually shy at first) with allowed confortable silences. Probably more but that I can't think of right now.
Favourite books: Oh, too many. I'm passionate about french litterature so I love a lot of it, especially from the second half of the 18th century to the first half of the 20th one. That doesn't mean I don't like anything else, but I admit I'm a bit difficult. I particularly love Proust, Mauriac, Laforgue, and also Violette Leduc and Haruki Murakami. But if it counts, my favorite reading is poetry, mostly from the 19th : Rimbaud, Lautréamont, Dickinson, Wilde. Right, I also love english litterature, though I don't know much about it yet. Except Dickens and Salinger (I know, he's american :p).
Favourite films: Movies have never attracted me as much as books, but I like Burton, Tarantino, Almodovar, Eytan Fox, the Cohen brothers, Woody Allen, Gus Van Sant... and absolutely love Lars Von Trier. Star Wars and Matrix (only the first one) are good too.
Favourite TV shows: I don't own a TV but I watch lots (too much) of shows on the internet. I'm particularly a huge fan of Doctor Who (seriously, british shows are the best), and I like True Blood a lot.
Favourite story topics: I love science-fiction, and everything fantasy and adventures, but what I prefer is good phycologic analysis. I hate naive love stories without subtlety and everything cliché in general (but non-cliché love stories are welcome, especially if it's about a more profound relationship). Erotism is good, as long as it can be seen as art and not only some way to sexually please oneself (it can be straight, gay, lesbian, or whatever well-described kink, except if it contains non-mutual or humiliating sex).
Favourite music: I like everything. I mean it. It depends on my mood. It can be classical music, pop, rock, disco, metal, salsa, reggae, mystic, old french singers, ... Till it's good in its own style!
What would you like to send/receive?: Oh, anything you'd like. Emails, letters, stories, pictures, even cakes!
Who would you like to send and receive mail from?: Nice open minded people like you, of course. It doesn't matter if you don't particularly share my interests, I like to discover new people, new visions of the world.
What countries would you like to receive mail from and send to?: Anywhere around the world. Like I said, I love to discover other cultures and languages. I speak french, english, and a bit (a really tiny bit) of german, but am willing to learn any other language, if you'd like to introduce me to yours :)
Anything that you would particularly NOT like to receive?: (eg. "food/candy with nuts") The usual: nothing pornographic (but aesthetic erotism is fine if we've agreed about it beforehand) and nothing illegal/mean/etc.
What would be in your dream letter or package?: As long as there's some heart in it, anything'll send me to heaven.
Anything else you'd like to add?: I'm sorry if I made any mistake, my english isn't perfect (yet!). Also, I'm a very shy person, but I'd love to try and open up. On the internet it's fine, but if we meet in person you'll discover that I am not confortable with my body, nor for myself nor for any physical contacts with others, but I'm trying, really trying to get past this (please don't run away!)
Picture (optional): I don't like putting my face all over the internet, but if you wish I can send you (decent, obviously) pictures in private.
Looking forward to speaking with you :)
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Location: Connecticut, home of golf, snow and boredom. Also an awesome place to buy used books.
How do you identify?: (sexuality/gender) I'm a bisexual female though I lean more towards dating girls. I've been dancing in singleville for a while now.
Interests/hobbies: Writing, reading, sleeping, swimming, collecting various things such as: liquor bottles, Hello Kitty stuff, Stars Wars stuff, action figures (spike, Doctor Who, Watchmen), comic books, candles, and pens and pencils.
Favourite books: Dresden Files (Jim Butcher), Sookie Stackhouse series (Charlaine Harris), Mrs. Dalloway (Virginia Woolf), The Hours (Michael Cunningham), anything by Stephen King (I'm a Stephen King whore). I mostly read science fiction and horror, but I have been known to branch out. I'm not a big fan of romance novels. Including a certain Mormon romance series that shall not be named.
Favourite films: I love cheesy horror films. The worst and silly awful, the better.Plus bad movies equal rifftrax. I'm a Star Wars nerd as well. A couple of faves include Fight Club, Friday the 13th, Halloween, Watchmen, Sherlock Holmes.
Favourite music: I love all kinds of music. It'd be quicker to list things I don't like. Death/Screamo metal (with a couple exceptions), and hardcore rap. If its got a good beat, I'll probably listen to it, even if the lyrics are shit. My favorite artist is, by far, Meat Loaf.
What would you like to send/receive?: Letters if fine. Right now, money is a bit tight (I haven't found a job and I had to quit college for awhile.) so sending packages would be a bit difficult.
Who would you like to send and receive mail from?: A British red head would be nice. Just kidding. I don't care. Anybody who's willing to talk to a nerd I guess.
What countries would you like to receive mail from and send to?: Well, the U.S. would be easier, but I do love those brits! And other countries.
Anything that you would particularly NOT like to receive?: (eg. "food/candy with nuts") If anyone sends me food, please no peanut butter. I'm allergic.
What would be in your dream letter or package?: Dream letter? GLITTER!!!!!!!!!!! Dream Package? Brownies and booze. Just kidding, again.
Anything else you'd like to add?: Um, I'm not entirely sure what else to add. I've lived in Connecticut most of my life. I was supposed to go to University this fall, but money became a serious issue and I can't go. So now I have to wait a year and see if I can get a job and a loan. I want to get a degree English and work at a publishing house. Have a house in the woods with a few dogs and a few ferrets.
Relationship status: Single Pringle.
How do you identify?: The so-called 'fairer' sex (although the biggest tomboy you've ever met, so maybe even genderqueer)/big fat GAYLORD - I've seen Meet The Fockers recently :P - so yep. Very very gay (I intensely dislike the word 'lesbian' for some reason).
Interests/hobbies: LJ owns my life, as does my iPod; veggiemalarian (vegetarian for any non-goofballs out there); writer; photographer; guitarist; singer; non-stop talker; giggler (I laugh loudly and often); learning new languages; meeting new people *cough, hint hint, cough*; travelling; learing about new cultures (particularly Asian - Singapore, China, Japan, India, Vietnam... you get the idea); wannabe interpreter; World Cup enthusiast; Manchester City supporter; David Bowie maniac; Dave Days (I love his videos, he cracks me up); comic-reader (and occasionally drawer/writer); Freddie Mercury fangirl. I LOVE HIM.
Favourite books: I read whatever I can get my hands on. I even read the dictionary when I was seven, for wont of something better to do. I like the His Dark Materials trilogy, the Artemis Fowl books, absolutely anything by Neil Gaiman (although his collaboration with Charles Vess - Stardust - and Neverwhere are particular favourites!), Chocolat, Five Quarters of the Orange and Blackberry Wine by Joanne Harris, Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell's Edge Chronicles/Muddle Earth, Lord Of The Rings, Harry Potter, SPUD, the Georgia Nicolson series (Angus, Thongs & Full-Frontal Snogging, Knocked Out By My Nunga-Nungas etc.) by Louise Rennison, Ballet Shoes, Chinese Cinderella, Lirael, Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, The Flowers of Evil by Charles Baudelaire, Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown... I could go on and on.
Favourite films: Phantom of the Opera, Sweeney Todd (I'm a total sucker for a good musical), Pirates of the Caribbean, Austin Powers, The Boat That Rocked, Lord of the Rings, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Breakfast On Pluto, Stardust, In Bruges, Love Actually (and a sucker for a good rom-com. Love Actually is my all-time favourite movie, I think)... That's all I can think of for now.
Favourite music: Classic rock/rock'n'roll. The Beatles, The Kinks, AC/DC, GN'R, The Steve Miller Band, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, The Beatles, The Who, The Eagles, Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Dire Straits, Queen (I'm obsessed with Queen.), Lynyrd Skynyrd, Def Leppard (I used to get them and Led Zeppelin mixed up, IDK why.), Van Halen, Bob Dylan, Elvis... And then Bob Marley & The Wailers, Regina Spektor, Oasis, Razorlight, Mika, Snow Patrol, The Fray, Franz Ferdinand, Mika, Madness, The Darkness, Coldplay, Green Day when I'm in the mood, The Sex Pistols, Eurythmics, The Clash, The Buzzcocks, Blondie, The Killers, Emmy the Great, Laura Marling. And then soundtracks. Loooove soundtracks.
What would you like to send/receive?: Letters, online and/or snail-mail. It feels like forever since I wrote an actual hand-written letter properly that wasn't for an exam, though, so I'd love to write some of those. My handwriting, though, is very... archaic, really, so you might have trouble reading it. :/
Who would you like to receive letters from?: Anybody who can put up with me long enough! Anybody and everybody, pretty much!
What countries would you like to receive mail from and send to?:
Anything you would particularly NOT like to receive?: Apart from the obvious (I'm underage, so... No porn or anything sexual, please), food/candy with peanuts, dismembered hands and the like. Not that anyone here would send me a dismembered hand. Or I hope not. Those are my only requests! ^__^
What would be in your dream letter or package?: Music will always be a winner!; funny quotes; photographs of funny street names/signs/tree stump shapes etc.; jokes; newspaper clippings or articles; comics; drawings; writings in other langauges... You name it.
Anything else you want to add?: This could take a while. I have a tendency to drift off topic and just ramble about the most random things; I say everything that comes into my head; I love Monty Python; I will often spasmodically switch between English and whatever language takes my fancy; I'm very sarcastic sometimes (in Britain, sarcastic/deadpan humour is the best and never fails to amuse)... Um... Oh yeah, there's quite a lot of fanfic on my journal. Just a warning.
I love Batman. ^^
Picture: Sure thing!
(Curly-haired and mucking around with my camera)
(Wet-haired and smiling geekily)
(My favourite jumper and another dorky smile)
(Goofing about with my phone and being stupid in general)
Ooops, my face hasn't changed... but I've had about half a foot of hair chopped off since then :P It's up around my cheekbones now.
I have started this community because I couldn't find a community on here that provided everything that I was looking for. So I started my own! Anyway I guess I'll kick things off in terms of introducing myself.
Location: Dorset, UK
How do you identify?: Queer femme - interested in very butch, or FTM transguys.
Interests/hobbies: Reading, design, really geeky nerdy things, travelling, printmaking, photography, making kick-ass mixtapes and mix-cds for long car journeys, queer/feminist/gender theory, zines, comics, festivals, live music, crafternoons, playing my accordion really badly, walking my dog, charity shops.
Favourite books: Writers along the lines of: George Orwell, Poppy Z Brite, Chuck Paluhniuk, Charles Bukowski, Haruki Marukami, Katherine Dunn, Stephen Chbosky, Nabakov, Allen Ginsberg, Jonathan Saffran Foer, Miranda July... many more.
Favourite films: Ghost World, Les Amants Du Pont Neuf, Betty Blue, Together, Amelie, Clueless, Caramel, Me Without You, Heathers, The Dreamers, Volver, Grizzly Man, Me You And Everyone We Know, most Pedro Almodovar films... a lot more. I also have a secret love for bad romantic comedies or cheesy daytime movies.
Favourite music: Mostly indiepop, alt-folk, soul, blues. See: http://www.last.fm/user/alicaurusrex
What would you like to send/receive?: letters/penpals (long term and short term), long interesting letters, postcards, surprise packages, mix-cds, mixtapes, tea-bags, zines, crafty items, indie comics, feminist/queer/gender theory related items, books, vintage family photographs of strangers.
Who would you like to send and receive mail from?: Radical queeroes! Dykes, adorable transguys, femmes, artists, feminists!
What countries would you like to receive mail from and send to?: UK, Europe, USA, Canada... or in fact, anywhere.
Anything that you would particularly NOT like to receive?: Anything non-veggie such as candy/sweets with gelatine in them.
What would be in your dream letter or package?: A great mix-cd of killer tunes, a good book/zine, some yummy tea, a long letter full of exciting ideas and fascinating words.
Anything else you'd like to add?: Ask me :)