you can absolutely be critical of how media with lgbt characters often isn’t direct w/ the lgbt aspects of their characters and just implies them, while STILL being critical of the people that ignore those implications.
cause yeah, it is shitty that this show/anime/movie/whatever isn’t being straight-forward. i hate it when girls that are clearly together aren’t allowed to call each other girlfriends. or when creators take their super trans-coded character and go ~well they’re whatever you want them to be~. when creators explicitly!! contradict what’s in canon to deny characters being gay, when they avoid declaring anything one way or another, when they make their gay characters ambiguous enough to avoid pissing off the sensors or refuse to confirm anything out of fear of how people react.
i fucking hate that. i hate that they so often do that and yet here we are, lapping up those scraps because we desperately want it, and honestly i don’t blame a single lgbt person who still latches onto every piece of shitty ~ambiguous~ rep we have and refuses to let go.
but i absolutely, ABSOLUTELY despise and don’t trust the people who ignore that ~ambiguous~ rep either. i don’t care that the creator didn’t say anything about these girls being together, that they didn’t call each other girlfriend - stop peering through your straight lens and look at them. this guy clearly has a crush on the other one. this character is trans.
look, if you’re so straight/cis/whatever that you didn’t pick up on that, like fine. whatever. i can’t expect you to pick up the same lgbt shit that lgbt ppl will. you look at media a whole different way if they’re lgbt.
but if you’re straight and someone who isn’t is telling you ‘this character is canon gay’? sure, ask them for clarification if you don’t understand how they saw that, but don’t go off on WELL THE CREATOR DIDN’T SAY ANYTHING yeah fuck you, we know. we know the creator is a homophobic bag of dicks but it doesn’t change the fact that THESE CHARACTERS ARE CANON GAY
if you’re cis and someone who is trans is telling you ‘this character is canon trans’? again, sure, ask for clarification if you didn’t pick up on it, but listen we don’t GIVE A FUCK that the creator never specified that.