leonardo da vinci cosplay

Alright so here is the story. It’s short, promise.

I cosplay Leonardo Da Vinci from Assassin’s Creed and have received a good amount of attention for it. With this attention I get a lot of confusion. Questions as to why I would cosplay a male, put on a beard, bind myself–common questions a female cosplayer receives when cosplaying a male role. Well, for the past month I have been receiving anonymous asks calling me a “lesbian” for putting on a beard and telling me…well let’s just say a various other rude comments.

So as a retort, dear anon, I am making this post especially for you! 

Because I have a beard I am a lesbian, eh? So if i took off the beard and  was still attracted to girls would that be different? Are lesbians stereotyped for getting beards? Oh, I was not aware! Thank you for clarifying. I now know that when becoming a lesbian the first step is to claim a beard manly enough to express your clear and obvious desire for the vagina.

Regardless of my sexuality, which I do not find it remotely important to relay onto you, you are ignorant to your ‘cause’ (if one could call it such). Your reaction of hate and hostility tells me one clear thing; you are afraid. Afraid of a world with people who are different from you. I like dressing up as a man, putting on a beard, and acting the part. How this is linked to sexuality? I am unsure, but that should not matter at all. Why you think it is right to judge someone based on appearance, or at all, also baffles me. 

I suppose you are getting what you want, a reaction, but take the time to soak in the reality of this situation. It’s okay to be wrong and it’s okay to be afraid of something. What is not okay is being aggressive and so full of spite you go out of your way to obsess over a stranger and her hobby.

Please reflect, and remember,

Don’t fear the beard!