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Video: Who is a Runner | Erin McGrady

It takes the first 5-6 miles for the “bird’s nest” in Erin McGrady’s head to unravel. And then, putting one foot in front of the other, the photographer and writer works to create and celebrate safe spaces for others in the queer community. Together, with her wife Caroline Whatley, in spite all they are up against as queer women in the South, they turn their attention toward the joy they get from traveling and creating community.

Directors: Faith Briggs + Tim Kemple
Cinematography: Ladawn Manuel + Alex Igidbashian + Tim Kemple
Editor: Pilar Rico

Running time: 8 minutes

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Erin McGrady contains multitudes. She’s a runner; a gay, Korean American woman; an adopted child of white parents; a business owner. She also battles depression. Erin embraces all these life experiences, but labels aren’t really her thing. 

“I think that we can all be more than the labels that are assigned to us, so I’m constantly in rebellion, rejection of that. On one hand, I don’t want to be seen as a person that really struggles with depression. Although that is me, I want to be able to move through it and still be me, but I accept that is a part of me,” she said.

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