Lindsey Danis is a queer, gender expansive writer based in the Hudson Valley, New York. Lindsey received a BA in English from Vassar College and an MFA in Fiction from Emerson College. Lindsey is Creative Nonfiction editor at Atlas + Alice and runs the queer outdoor travel blog Queer Adventurers.
Lindsey’s nonfiction has appeared in Condé Nast Traveler, AFAR, Longreads, Eater, and Catapult, received a notable mention in Best American Travel Writing 2019, and is anthologized in “The Best New True Crime Stories: Unsolved Crimes and Mysteries” and “Nourishing Resistance: Stories of Food, Protest, and Mutual Aid.” Lindsey received an Individual Artist Commission for an oral history essay project, “Queer Homesteading in the Hudson Valley.”
Lindsey is currently working on a book proposal on queer travel, with themes of queer joy, personal power, and transformation.
Our conversation begins by discussing the notion of belonging. Inspired by Lindsey’s personal journey of feeling like she didn’t belong as a young person in school and specifically in yoga studios, she reflects on how her sense of belonging arrived during a recent LGBTQ focused yoga retreat.
Related to her challenges of making yoga a more regular part of her life, Lindsey raised an issue I had not considered before, the ways in which the LGBTQ community is impacted financially. We didn’t have time to go into this fully, so I asked Lindsey to share some of her writing on this subject.
- It Took Leaving the Restaurant Industry for Me to Understand How Wrong I Was to Stay Silent About Its Abuses. A personal essay on dysfunctional kitchen culture and the factors that keep restaurant workers from speaking up about toxic working conditions.
- 3 Ways to Protect You and Your Partner From the LGBTQ Wage Gap. This article uses a personal lens on the gay wage gap to explore LGBTQ workplace discrimination and financial insecurity, then offers tips to help LGBTQ individuals increase their financial stability.
- Here’s How Much LGBTQIA+ Family Planning Costs: A breakdown of economics for Synchrony Bank.
- Indy: Why are Queer Millennials More Likely to Freelance? Unpacking the reasons LGBTQ millennials flock to freelance work with two interviews with queer freelancers.
Lindsey expands further about her writing, how and why she became a writer and how she got to where she is today, writing and editing in various spaces with a focus on money and how she likes to spend it — food and travel — from a perspective that centers LGBTQ voices. I highly recommend following along on Lindsey’s Instagram account where she/they shares regular inspiration for other writers and deep thoughts and perspectives on the LGBTQ experience.
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