Seven Minutes in Heaven with Reproductive Justice Advocate Kat Smith

“I’m motivated by every person who told me I couldn’t, who tells me it doesn’t make a difference, who laughed at me for being the ‘obnoxious feminist.’”

Welcome to Seven Minutes in Heaven, GO Magazine’s interview series that profiles a different queer babe each day, by asking them seven unique (and sometimes random) questions. Get to know the thoughts, feelings, and opinions of the groundbreaking, fierce forces-of-nature in the queer community.

Kat Smith is a junior at Hofstra University, where she studies Women’s Studies and Journalism. She is a queer student organizer who advocates for a wide variety of causes, from reproductive freedom to anti war efforts. She has been interning with Planned Parenthood for the past two years. I met Kat Smith during my work with The Berkshire Conference of Women Historians. We were both angry queer feminists that could quote the entirety of “The L Word” so obvi we became friends. In addition to her intensive work with Planned Parenthood, Kat is the Vice President of SASS — a group that educates students on safer sex practices and brings a free STI testing van to campus every few months or so. Isn’t that awesome?! Kat also writes for Platform Women. We are so excited to feature her in today’s Seven Minutes in Heaven.

GO Magazine: Who are you and what do you do?

Kat Smith: I’m a queer student activist and organizer. I’ve been interning with a local Planned Parenthood affiliate for almost two years now, and I’ve used the skills I’ve learned there to organize for various causes on my campus.

GO: What is the driving force behind your activism/career/art?

KS: I’m motivated for a lot of reasons to do this work. I’m motivated by the fact that I am able to do this work — to be able to be an advocate and work for social change. I’m motivated by my friends, who are unstoppable powerhouses that I learn from everyday. And I’m motivated by every person who told me I couldn’t, who tells me it doesn’t make a difference, who laughed at me for being the ‘obnoxious feminist.’

GO: Who are your biggest queer lady role models?

KS: Honestly, when I was trying to think of this, I realized from my lack of options how little queer representation there actually is. That being said, I do love Sara Ramirez — I loved her as the unforgettable Callie Torres (who became a fictional queer lady role model for me), and then I found out about her activism work, and I just think it’s really awesome to see people combining their activism with their careers!

GO: Where do you go for inspiration when you’re feeling discouraged or depleted?

KS: My friends. My friends are quite literally the most amazing and supportive people I know, and whether I’m having a personal or organizing crisis, they always know how to help.

GO: Describe your style in three words.

KS: Butch, alternative, flexible.

GO: What music are you listening to right now?

KS: My music taste shifts from showtunes to alternative music to random indie artists. Right now I’ve really been in like a middle school throwback phase — lots of My Chemical Romance.

GO: How can people find you?

KS: Find me on social media! Facebook is a good way to contact me or follow my Twitter @Hollabackkat to catch me trying to be funny.