I think RD’s done a really good job of representing queer people who
identify as larry shippers, but I think it has a problem when it comes
to queer identifying non-shippers. Some of this might be irreconcilable.
A larry has touched RD, therefore it’s tainted forever, but I like to
think there’s a bridge to be built here for some. Non-shippers
experience the same fandom homophobia we all do, and I think the onus
should be on us to get their opinions and build a more representative
Hope you don’t feel I’ve overstepped, it just breaks my heart to see so many young queer people not feeling supported.
I agree that it sucks that some queer fans do not feel represented by Rainbow Direction. But is it Rainbow Direction’s problem - ie is it a problem we can solve?
I know TMHFN/RD sure as hell did not create it. We’ve had a non shipping policy in place since the start to make everybody feel welcome and we have repeated it time and time again. We have fought against shipping wars. We hve called out Larries on twitter & tumblr suggesting their rainbow heart were about Larry. We don’t even talk about ships behind the scenes in our official threads so non-larrie volunteers (yes, those exist) can feel comfortable. It’s not always easy - our opinions differ on things - but hey, we make it work.
So I wonder how we could solve it. I don’t think the onus is all on us. We have a job in making our spaces safe from homophobia and shipping wars. But we cannot build a more representative RD, when non shipping queer fans refuse to join or participate in RD because ‘there’s loads of larries’doing it too - we can hardly do two separate initiatives and we can also not force them to join. We can only open our door for them - and shout it loudly and repeatedly: our door IS open for them. I do not know how big their numbers are, but they certainy haven’t joined in big numbers. And that is really the only thing that will change things, I guess. If we want more non Larrie representation then non Larries need to be willing to join an initiative that is composed of a lot of Larries and some non Larries. TMHFN/RD have stuck to a non shipping policy that is driving some Larries away and has defended that policy tooth and nail and always stood by it because those of us working for TMHFN/RD felt it is really important that everyone feels welcome - even if it meant more larries were scared off than non-larries came in.
If anyone has ideas about what more we can change about RD to be more welcoming to representation of all the diversity in the fandom, please please submit them to the TMHFN tumblr or gmail.
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