So, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the awesome diversity and representation in a lot of our fandoms’ fics/art/headcanons (seriously, I’m pretty proud of us) but it got me thinking, I’d really like to see more, and I’d especially like to see a platform for these diverse works to be shared and showcased.
What would people think of doing a Legends of Superflarrow Diversity Appreciation Week (which I’m totally open to renaming)?? I’m thinking sometime in August, to not conflict with other weeks. Each day would highlight a different marginalized/underrepresented group. So, one day might be a neurodivergence day, another might be a ladies day, or a disability day, or a religion day, or a race/ethnicity day, or a trans/non-binary day, etc. (If you have suggestions for possible days, let me know with and ask/message/reply/reblog)
Also, I am but one cis white girl, and would love help modding the week from a few people so the event itself is run by a diverse group (as I only have a queer/neuroatypical perspective on things) Let me know if you’re into helping! I’d super appreciate it!
Hopefully there’s interest in an event like this, because it think it would be a great opportunity to expand the diversity in our fandom, as well as explore stories that often get left out of Hollywood and network shows.
So. I don’t know if you guys have heard of the latest controversies surrounding a dystopian show called The 100, but long story short, they employed a tired, overused trope called the “Bury Your Gays” trope. Shortly after bisexual lead character Clarke finally consummated her relationship with openly gay character Lexa, Lexa was killed off (IN THE NEXT SCENE) by a stray bullet meant for Clarke, by her father figure who disapproved of her relationship. This is a trope that has dated back decades in literature, television, and now, it’s being perpetuated by choice in the 21st century. Not to mention the killing off of minority characters in disgusting fashions (Lincoln Deserves Better) reminiscent of colonization history. But that’s not what I’m here to talk about today.
If there’s one thing that I’ve seen from this fandom, it’s the beautiful amount of appreciation and creativity. The openness and tolerance for different pairings, friendships, and scenarios involving the characters we love. From personal experience, the amount of positive reception garnered from my own stories, from the one of Marinette being genderfluid, to the story where Adrien wore a skirt from a gender-neutral clothing line, was beautiful. The characters who are not white are often celebrated and popular within the fandom, and the general love we have for these characters is wonderful.
Thomas Astruc has stated that he will do his best to include LGBT characters. I will not blame him, or the creative staff, if he is unable to include it as much as he would like to. He has already created a wonderfully diverse children’s show with a biracial main female character who is not sexualized. I will forever be thankful for that.
But I began to think the other day. About how we, as a fandom, can do more.
When I was beginning to get into fan-culture online, the amount of hate toward female characters was staggering. It lead me into unfair bias for years. But if kids and teens alike today stumble across people celebrating these diverse groups–be them LGBT or ethnically diverse–we can create not only a positive reception to the show, but also lead as an example to other fandoms online to do the same. I want to create a sideblog that helps with this. That celebrates the ethnic diversity in the show, but also shows our beloved characters in different gender identities, sexualities, and the concept of Ladybug in different cultures. But I need to know I’m not alone in this idea first. I’m not an artist, I’m just a writer, but I know this fandom is so wonderfully inclusive already. It deserves a chance to shine more.
*All information taken from babynames.com, so if something is wrong about meaning/origin, don’t blame me lol. Mowgli’s name was created by Rudyard Kipling in his collection of stories called “The Jungle Book”
*All information taken from babynames.com, so if something is wrong about meaning/origin, don’t blame me lol. Also in this case the origin/meaning for Shang is based on the name Li since Shang was not in the archives!
Thank you to everyone who responded to our community input survey and sent in asks/left replies to make this week as inclusive and representative as possible. With your help, the official daily themes for the first ever Legends of Superflarrow Diversity Appreciation Week have been chosen as follows:
Monday, August 7th - Mental Illness/Neurodivergence Day With mental health and neurodivergence largely overlooked by canon (barring a few exceptions) Diversity Appreciation Week kicks off with a chance to give these experiences a voice. This could include – but is not limited to – anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, PTSD, BDP, DID, pyromania, addiction, bipolar disorder, and autism.
Tuesday, August 8th - Race/Ethnicity Day Show some love to the incredible POC characters across the Legends of Superflarrow Universe. Give us West family feels, a POC superhero team-up (J’onn and Rene would either get along famously or not at all), or explore the heritage of characters played by mixed actors like Lucy Lane, Leonard Snart, and Dinah Drake.
Wednesday, August 9th - Disabilities Day The term disability covers a wide variety of experiences. Physical disabilities – like paralysis or amputation – sensory impairments – like blindness or deafness – speech and language disorders – like apraxia or aphasia – learning disabilities – like ADHD or dyslexia – brain injuries, and chronic pain all fit the theme of the day. Explore a canon disability, a disability from the comics that didn’t carry over into the shows, or a personal headcanon of your choice.
Thursday, August 10th - Aromanticism/Asexuality Day Whether it’s through queerplatonic relationships, sex repulsion, polyamory, or something else entirely, explore your favourite aro- and/or ace-spectrum headcanons with as much fluff or angst (or smut) as you’d like!
Friday, August 11th - Religion Day For many, faith and religion are important aspects of day to day life. Whether characters are fasting for Ramadan, micromanaging preparations for their child’s upcoming bar/bat mitzvah, or going to confession for the first time in years, explore how faith impacts people’s lives in incredibly big or incredibly mundane ways. A character experiencing a crisis of faith is a perfectly acceptable fill, but be mindful not to bash any particular faith. Likewise, be respectful that some characters are canonically Jewish (Felicity, the Steins, Rory Regan) and that identity should not be erased during this event.
Saturday, August 12th - Trans Identities Day Often an overlooked group in media representation for the LGBT+ community, today is a day of visibility for trans people – binary or otherwise – whether they’ve transitioned pre-series (think trans woman Thea) or are taking the first steps to transitioning now (genderfluid Iris asking family and friends to use he/him pronouns sometimes)
Sunday, August 13th - Ladies’ Day In the immortal words of Senator Knowles: “Who run the world?” Highlight the achievements of career women as doctors, and journalists, and business owners. Celebrate women as mothers, and sisters, and (perhaps other women’s) wives. And of course, showcase women who are agents and captains and detectives, villains, and superheroes. Today is also a great day to explore topics like reproductive health, sexual violence, or workplace discrimination. Just be mindful to keep today a safe and inclusive space for our trans sisters, too.
Monday, August 14th - Free Day The full scope of this world’s diversity is a tricky thing to capture in seven themes. Needless to say, this week, despite its best intentions, is still nowhere near representative enough. So, have a free day to contribute another work to one of the themes above, or represent something that doesn’t quite fit or feel appropriate anywhere else.
Note: In keeping with this week’s theme of diversity appreciation, the use of Cynthia Reynolds’ canon alias G*psy in any work is not permitted as it is an ethnic slur against Romani people. Consider instead the fan favourite, Charmer, or create one of your own.
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