With true crime and paranormal podcasts more popular than ever, nonbinary creator Em Schulz is making space for LGBTQ+ people in the genres
Schulz is the host of award-winning podcast And That's Why We Drink, which combines paranormal experiences, true crime, and comedy. Schulz shares that they've witnessed their fair share of paranormal events, even at a young age.
"I've been scratched before, which wasn't that great," they tell Sonia Baghdady of Advocate Now. "But I've also had some really lovely moments where I've been hugged by people. I've smelt really nice perfume in the air. I've felt pats on the back. We've gotten all sorts of stuff."
Em Schulz | Advocate Now
Despite their history exploring the unknown, Schulz says that fear never fully goes away, but they have a strategy for dealing with it that they believe can be applied to everyday life.
"I don't think that that instinctive fear ever goes away," they say, adding, "Over the years, I've gotten used to setting myself some sort of spiritual boundaries where I'm not going to involve myself in things that my gut is telling me to avoid."
Combining comedy with true crime is considered controversial by some, but Schulz and their co-host take careful measures to assure that the only people being made fun of are themselves.
"Should you really be incorporating comedy with true crime? Are you exploiting victims?" Schulz asks. "We try to take that very seriously on our show. And so the strategy we take is that it is a comedy show where we're making fun of ourselves in the middle of talking about very serious things. So the comedy is never directed at victims. It's never disrespectful. We try really hard to be as inclusive as possible in every way."
As an openly nonbinary creator, Schulz shares that they've received an overwhelming amount of support from their community, even throughout their journey of understanding their identity.
"I think we're still in a world where a lot of people don't totally know their place or the right vernacular," Schulz says. "... I still feel like I'm on this journey because as soon as I think I finally have settled nicely and with an identity, a new word comes up that better explains what's going on."
Schulz adds, "I feel like labels are coming out every day that are helping people better define themselves. So, I feel like my identity will just never stop shifting because there's always new stuff happening."
And That's Why We Drink is available on YouTube, Spotify, and Apple Podcasts. For more interviews like these, watch Advocate Now on The Advocate Channel.
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