there’s an entire generation of us that saw too many 90’s/early 2000’s rom coms before the age of 13 and imprinted on a handful of the recurring rom com actresses of the time and to this day will see a picture of one of them and feel a warm motherly energy coming from a woman they’re never met
I think people really underestimate how huge of an impact the Internet has had on the LGBTQIA+ community as we know it today. This is also why it saddens me that people make the excuse of “x community only formed in the late 90’s/early 2000’s” to exclude certain communities.
The Internet started bringing people together, introduced people living in more rural areas to the larger community, and allowed for more detailed discussions about gender and sexuality between strangers who may never have met each other otherwise. It’s no coincidence that so many new communities and identity labels began to spring up at around the same time. Always remember that community formation did not begin or end with Stonewall.