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January 28
2015

#JamForLeelah, a Trans-Positive Global Game Jam!

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A new month-long trans-positive game jam is currently underway and accepting submissions for games focusing on trans youth issues, in order to spread awareness of the issues faced by transgender people in modern society.

#JamForLeelah was organised by Matthew Boucher and Kara Jayne , in response to the recent suicide of Leelah Alcorn, a 17 year old transgender girl who struggled with her gender identity – especially when it came to her parents, who reacted in an extremely negative way to Leelah’s coming out by refusing to accept her regarding her gender, making her attend therapy sessions with Christian therapists, and placing heavy restrictions on her life; feeling as though she would never be able to get the life she wanted, Leelah took her own life, leaving behind a suicide note on her Tumblr with a final message that the Jam organisers have taken to heart:

“The only way I will rest in peace is if one day transgender people aren’t treated the way I was, they’re treated like humans, with valid feelings and human rights. Gender needs to be taught about in schools, the earlier the better. My death needs to mean something. My death needs to be counted in the number of transgender people who commit suicide this year. I want someone to look at that number and say ‘that’s f***ed up’ and fix it. Fix society. Please.”
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January 14
2015

Mean Girls. The Video Game.

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This is so fetch.

It’s been 10 years since Mean Girls first hit screens, becoming an instant classic that is as quotable as it is hilarious. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t reference a line from the movie, use a .gif of Regina George to respond to something, note that the limit does not exist, or chastise someone for trying to make something happen that’s not going to happen. This is one of those movies that truly defines a generation.

Today it finally becomes a video game. Cue every gay squee noise I can muster.
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January 2
2015

GGOTY 2014: Gayest Games of the Year

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Last year our Gayest Games of the Year list was quite popular, so why not do it again? Especially when 2014 has been an even bigger year for gay games than last year. While many of the 2013 titles had major queer themes not all of them had explicitly queer content in them, and not all of them allowed you to actually play as canonically queer characters.

All ten titles (plus one bonus) on this list feature playable queer protagonists and many of these games were blockbuster hits that garnered various other GOTY awards, which is as mind blowing to think about as it is wonderful. Queer heroes are on the rise and gaming has miraculously not fallen apart because of them. So without any further ado let’s take a look at 2014’s gayest games.

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December 29
2014

A different kind of Elven Rogue: a look at Sera

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Note: This is the third in a series of articles exploring the diverse cast of BioWare’s Dragon Age: Inquisition. The following contains details from all points of Sera’s sub-plot in Dragon Age: Inquisition, including her ultimate romance sub-quest.

Sera is a flawed character.

I thought a lot about how to write this piece, because I know that there are people who find her relationship with the Inquisitor abusive and, for some, triggering. So let me start by saying that I romanced Sera as a Qunari, and I didn’t see any of that. Most of my experience with her, at least in that sense, was extremely positive; I found out after I finished that Qunari is her preferred race to romance. I avoided as many spoilers as I could before and during my first play through; even though I’d seen a few things on Twitter and Tumblr that were critical of her, I didn’t dig too deep. But after I finished I wanted to see other possibilities, so that I could maybe understand what people were saying and why.

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December 22
2014

The Legend of Korra series finale was a big win for gay geeks

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If you haven’t already been hit with spoilers regarding the finale of Nickelodeon’s hit series The Legend of Korra be forewarned that this post is going to be chock full of spoilers from the moment you click ‘read more’. You have been warned.

The sequel series to 2005’s Avatar: The Last Airbender came to a close this past Friday. While most fans were expecting the obvious out of the two part finale (the defeat of Kuvira, Korra fulfilling her potential as the Avatar, Bolin being forever the greatest, etc.) the show’s final moments set the entirety of the internet into shock. A certain hashtag was set a blaze, and all anyone could talk about was the revelation that two beloved characters were not only queer, but in love.

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December 19
2014

A different kind of Sophisticated Gent: a look at Dorian Pavus

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Note: This is the second in a series of articles exploring the diverse cast of BioWare’s Dragon Age: Inquisition. The following contains details from all points of Dorian’s sub-plot in Dragon Age: Inquisition, including his ultimate romance sub-quest.

Characters who are members of marginalised classes often get a raw deal when it comes to personal storylines, narratives and histories. Gay characters, for example, often occupy a very tricky position in media: focusing too heavily on the fact that the character is gay can make them seem trite, stereotyped or farcical; however, downplaying, dismissing or outright ignoring their sexuality and its impact on their lives can be detrimental for wholly other reasons, making them “gay enough” that the character counts for some token diversity, while not being “too gay” to cause any boredom, discomfort or disgust in bigoted audience members, who can then relish the character as one of those character who’s gay, but like, it’s not even a thing, and that’s some real good gay representation there. Or, y’know, maybe not.

Dorian is the first companion in Bioware’s Dragon Age series who was specifically written for, and will only romantically engage with, a male protagonist. Although this may seem like just a cursory piece of programming – a “rainbow” flag, if you like – the inclusion of a gay male character whose sexuality IS totally, like, a thing, is powerful: even moreso when the storylines that focus on their sexuality are impactful and meaningful, but at the same time not a trope-laden rehash of irrelevant, inappropriate or misunderstood aspects of gay identity as we’re so often obliged to be thankful to receive.

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2014

Review: Coming Out On Top

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You may or may not remember those “for girls” boardgames where you play a babysitter or whatever and you date boys…  They tended to have a few different kinds of boys, and you knew who they were the moment you saw them.  There was the blond goody two-shoes, the dark-haired bad boy (as bad as they’d let a boy be in a board game targeted to preteen girls), the captain of the most culturally relevant sports team, and so on.  After bedding three of the five datable characters in Coming Out On Top, it struck me as a lot like those games, except that it’s more engaging and it’s got a lot of dicks in it.  Like, a lot of dicks. After two nights of my playing it before bed, my husband started calling it “that porn game” and just stopped pretending that he wasn’t craning over my shoulder for a better look.  He was especially fond of Ian, which is good as I was too and I like to think we have similar taste.

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