Maya Reddy L’22
While an undergraduate at Claremont McKenna College, Maya wrote her thesis on the effect of queer representation in film and television on public policy. In addition to majoring in government and film studies, Maya was captain of the Varsity Golf Team where she earned All-American honors three years in a row. Maya turned professional in 2015, played on the Cactus and National Women’s Golf Association Tours, and had Symetra Tour status. As a queer woman of color, Maya felt the lack of visibility of LGBTQ+ athletes’ in golf, and personally faced bigotry that drove her to leave the sport. She began working closely with organizations that strive to bring more inclusive policy to sports.
The lack of visibility of queer athletes in golf, as well as the lack of visibility of Asians and queer Asians in the broader media, motivated Maya to create The Gaysian Project, a collective and apparel brand, to empower community through queer Asian visibility. Through The Gaysian Project, she hosts a podcast exploring the queer Asian experience, hosts workshops on undergraduate campuses, produces panels on queer Asian representation for conventions, and helped found the San Diego Queer Asian Pacific Islander Middle Eastern Desi American Coalition. Maya has spoken on panels with the You Can Play Foundation and at the inaugural Los Angeles Angels Pride Night. She helped develop the first-ever webinar discussing LGBTQ+ inclusivity in junior golf in partnership with the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA), the National High School Golf Association, Athlete Ally, and the PGA of Canada. Maya hopes to use her law degree to continue advocating for institutional support for marginalized groups in sports and elsewhere.