It's no secret that our society can be quite hostile to the LGBTQ+ community as the slew of legislation in America has made it quite clear that queer people are second-class citizens.
As the digital realm continues to merge with the physical one, more of us are finding freedom and solace in the online sphere as it allows for more experimentation. Having experienced ostracization and ignorance in her youth, Maldonado believes that the metaverse can be a welcoming place for all as it presents the opportunity to truly create your own identity.
The fierce dancer has partnered with Dream House, a first-of-its-kind program provided by the Metaverse Culture Series, a series of experiences hosted by Horizon Workrooms Meta. Driven by the desire to integrate diverse perspectives and culture into the emerging digital world, Maldonado is among the LGTBQ+ leaders who are working to empower others within immersive environments.
Dream House is now open to the public in Horizon Worlds, which can be accessed through a Quest 2 headset. Continue reading for Hypebae's interview with Leoimy on the power of the metaverse, inclusivity and more.
We would love to hear your thoughts on the metaverse having the potential for being a more inclusive space for marginalized communities, especially during a time when legislation is making the physical world more inhospitable for LGTBQ+ people.
I believe that the metaverse will give people more of a chance to create their own space and different worlds. Even with avatars, you can imagine yourself however you’d like to be. I feel like a lot of times when it comes to being in social spaces, many are not comfortable existing as their true selves as well as meeting new people. I feel like the metaverse can be more of a safe space for people where they will feel more open to trying new things, experimenting and just having fun being a part of the digital realm.