things i love about queerness

10 Things I Loved About Mass Effect:Andromeda

Warning: Spoilers! And I wrote this on the spur, so there might be grammatical errors.

1.      I enjoyed the story. Yeah, people will say it recycles from the trilogy, but come on, people. Why are you surprised? Bioware recycles their plotlines all the time. It’s pretty much the same in all of their games. A protagonist gains special abilities and leads a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits team to defeat a big threat. And I’m not bothered by that. Sometimes familiarity in your franchise is good, just as long as you do new things to the formula, and I think they do.

What interested me the most was the theme of starting over. A lot of people in the Andromeda Initiative were former criminals or outcasts. The reason they joined was to start a new life, and it’s explored in the main questlines, the loyalty quests, and numerous side quests. I was worried about the game talking about colonization since humans are looking for a new home, but I was pleasantly surprised that the game made it clear that Andromeda is the angara’s home first, and humans and other Milky Way species will have to work with them. Thank god! No Mightey Whitey trope this time!

2.      Ryder as the player character. I honestly never thought I would love Ryder as much as I did when I played the game. Sure, no one will ever replace Commander Shepard, but Ryder isn’t meant to replace the Commander, rather show a different perspective in a new story. Commander Shepard is the hero we want to be while Ryder is more of a relatable character. Ryder has to learn through the entire game how to be a leader while going through the obstacles of their inexperience and youth so people will take them seriously. And it was compelling, uplifting, and at times amusing to see them become a hero in their own right and step out of their father’s shadow.

Also Sara and Scott felt like their own person. In the original trilogy, the player character is pretty much the same no matter what gender. But sometimes the dialogue can be different depending on if you play a male Ryder or a female Ryder. That’s because they are two different people who have had their own experiences and personalities. That really adds to the replay value!

3.      Female aliens everywhere! One of my major issues with the original trilogy was the lack of female Turians, krogans, and salarians. Sure we had asari an all-female race, and female quarians, but it felt weird that we met so many aliens with very few ladies. Not only do we get a female Turian squadmate, we also get plenty of lady alien NPCs gathered everywhere for random quests. We also have Kesh who works at the Nexus. And we get to see female salarians! And they kind of look the same as male salarians except with different voices. Thank god! It would’ve been horrifying to see salarians with boobs. Uh! And I’m pretty sure there were just as many female angara NPCs as there were males.

4.      The romances. Especially the queer ones. One of the things I love about Bioware games are the romance paths. Bonus points if there is a queer option. And as of patch 1.08, this game has the most number of queer romances in any Bioware game. I think my two favorite romance paths are with Sara and Vetra and Jaal and Scott. While representation for the LGBT community is improving in media, there’s no denying we still have a long way to go. And after again the crap year 2016 where we had a huge number of queer women characters die in tv shows, it was so wonderful to have a healthy and happy relationship between two women when I first played the game. And even if it wasn’t added until the patch, the romance between Jaal and Scott is absolutely sweet since we see two men show a lot of love and affection for each other which is rare to see in media.

5.      The Tempest Family. I adore every single character on the Tempest, and they really did feel like a family once you played further into the game. I am a sucker for found families, and to see these people who are trying to find a home ending up finding a home with each other just gives me so many feels!

Since there’s not really a huge crew in the ship like in the original trilogy when Shepard had an army of humans. In Andromeda, we have six squad mates, four additional crew members, and Ryder. And I think it made the family more intimate. It’s like our own little family lives on the Tempest.

Also I liked how there were more quests spread out throughout the game with the squad which I think was lacking in Inquisition. Plus. Movie Night is the best scene ever!

6.      In my opinion, the side quests were fun. I think this was one thing they improved from Inquisition. Inquisition side quests just felt like a bunch of fetch quests that got kind of boring pretty quick, and didn’t really add to the overall story. Some highlights from Andromeda were: Kadara, the angara reincarnation questline, the Turian jailed for murder, the anti-AI group, meeting Zaeed’s son, and those kids sending out a distress signal for a new light for their weed plant. HAHA!

They were compelling in their own right and included cut scenes instead of the Inquisitor going to some location like in Skyrim to do a thing come back to the quest giver saying, “I did the thing.” “Ok, good.”

7.      Unlike in Inquisition, there’s actual payoff for some of the quests you do. I don’t mean to be mean to Inquisition, I still love the game, but remember when we were promised that you had to build your forces up in order to defend against the main threat. Yeah, you built forces to get influence points to gain perks, and that’s it.

In Andromeda, while, yes. It’s not the same level as Mass Effect 2. When you actually complete quests and help out leaders, you can get different results during the final battle. Like, there’s a chance Captain Dunn may not survive.

Also, when you get 100% viability on all the planets, you get a special surprise on Habitat 7- being told that it will one day be habitable because of our efforts. Sure it was a side quest, but it just felt so rewarding!

8.      The climax was actually fulfilling and exciting. Again, something else Inquisition was lacking in. Seriously, when I first played Andromeda, I legit gasped when the archon was taking control of SAM node. The villain was actually living up to his threatening nature!

Just when we think we got everything under control, and are about to find Meridian, the Archon fucks shit up, and our sibling has to step up to save the day. Then we have to gather people we helped out and prepare for a final battle, and Ryder can finally prove themselves as a true Pathfinder and kick the Archon’s ass once and for all. People are saying the ending was as disappointing as ME3’s? Pfft…What are you even talking about?

9.      The angara. Bioware never fails to make me love an entire fictional species. Yeah, it feels a bit off that they pretty much have the same faces and the same 3 voice actors, but I really do love their culture. And I appreciate that they were clearly coded as POC while Andromeda didn’t go through with the whole Mighty Whitey Trope. The game wants you to respect their culture and to respect their home.

I love the angaran people are open about their feelings, I love how their religion believes in reincarnation, I love how we see angaran scientists, soldiers, merchants, mercenaries, and civilians. Also Aya and Hivraal are absolutely gorgeous!

And when Jaal finds out his people were created by the Kett, I was worried it was going to go the Dalish elves route, but Jaal points out that it doesn’t change anything about the angara. They are still their own people. And that was such an uplifting message.

10.  The overall light-hearted tone. I wrote a small post that got a good number of notes. (Probably the biggest number I’ve ever gotten), so to quote: “There was always this sense of hope and optimism about finding a new home. ‘Yeah, things may have gone totally wrong, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make them better’ was the overall message I got.

And really, with so many bad things happening in the world right now and too much of our entertainment supposedly being our escapism being dark for the sake of dark, this was something I think a lot of us needed.”

Mass Effect 3 had its light-hearted moments, and I love it, but man, that game was emotional draining.

It’s a bit discouraging to love something so much and get recommended videos on youtube pointing out the same flaws of that certain game, and why they thought it was a huge disappointment. Do I agree with some of their criticisms? Sure. Does the history behind the production explain the flaws? Oh absolutely.

           But people seem to forget that the original Mass Effect trilogy wasn’t without its flaws. I mean, sure everyone can agree on the Mass Effect 3 ending, but I could make a list of all the issues I have with the other Bioware games including Dragon Age: Inquisition (which despite winning Game of the Year, kind of suffers the same problems Andromeda had).

           So yeah, after the crap year of 2016, I was so excited to get a newly-released game that made me happy. And still makes me happy, and makes me in the mood to play another Ryder.

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  HAPPY 30th BIRTHDAY, SASHA VELOUR   (June 25, 1987) 

I’m an over-thinker with a fighter’s spirit. I hope my legacy is that sometimes that level of thought is an asset, especially now in this political moment, because this political moment is very anti-intellectual, anti-information, and anti-historical. Clearly, I love queer history, learning, thinking about things really hard, and having these discussions about them… I hope that’s my legacy: this serious person with a tough veneer is about all these things, about what queer culture has been and should be, because we need that in order to combat from this political era. We need a historical, political kind of drag.”

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'RuPaul's Drag Race' Winner Fights Conservative Power: 'Drag Is a Form of Activism'
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Condragulations, Sasha Velour!

Some of my favorite bits:

-  “Everyone in the top four is worthy of the [title] and deserves it [but] in the end, the job of a drag superstar is to take an audience and lead them on a fantasy that makes people feel inspired, strong, and proud…”

-  “Clearly, I love queer history, learning, thinking about things really hard, and having these discussions about them… I hope that’s my legacy: this serious person with a tough veneer is about all these things, about what queer culture has been and should be, because we need that in order to combat from this political era. We need a historical, political kind of drag.”

-  “…It was bittersweet… when I was going out to perform against Peppermint, Shea said, “Go win this for us, for our team.”

- “ Conservatism is all about surfaces and labels and presentation, and drag says, no, we refuse to follow any rules about that.”

anonymous asked:

Is the UMFB and OBS Universe a place where same-sex relationships aren't frowned upon, like the canon YOI universe? I'm guessing yes because Yuuri and Viktor both seem completely unconcerned about the fact they're both men and how that would be perceived.

Hello Kaz, the other day I was watching that documentary with Johnny Weir on Netflix, the one about all the prejudice and the anti-gay laws in Russia and even now that there is recent news about the horrible things happening in there and I was wondering because you mentioned Yuuri and Viktor being very open with their relationship, with public displays of affection and all that, right? So how does this reality of them being openly gay in a particularly homophobic country that actually has (1)

(2) anti-gay laws play in the rivals verse? Did they have to face some hardships regarding those matters at some point in their lives? I totally HC Viktor being so angry about those things and being an actual activist to the cause, pretty much like Johnny Weir is. In fact, Viktor would probably be the one producing a documentary about it and being very, very passionate about this subject, fighting for their rights and everything.

(3) Yuuri on the other hand, I don’t see him as much of an activist, but given the right encouragement he’d be just as passionate to the cause as Viktor is.

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As a member of the LGBT community, one of the things that I love about YOI is we’re finally allowed to have a happy queer couple in a world where that is entirely accepted and normal and there’s no homophobia for them to deal with. I struggle a lot when every single piece of media with LGBT characters has them all facing struggles and prejudice because of their sexualities as it gets very depressing and it’s so refreshing not to see that in the YOI universe. So in Rivals I will be sticking to the same universe where no-one cares about sexualities 

Things I love about the strange case of the starship iris

  • great characters
  • canon trans/queer representation from episode 1
  • real consequences for head injuries
  • solidly gray morality
  • the Whiskey in the Jar scene
  • real consequences for head injuries
  • swarm aliens
  • real consequences for head injuries
  • that scene that starts out pretending to be an audio log and then subverts the trope
  • REAL CONSEQUENCES FOR HEAD INJURIES

REAL CONSEQUENCES FOR HEAD INJURIES

tagged by: @aomiins thanku so much min!! this was fun 
tagging: @dicennio, @hitokax, @allenswalkers, @doumekism, @psychohelmet, @reigenly

rules: choose any three fandoms (in random order) and answer the questions. then tag some friends.

i choose:

  • berserk
  • snk
  • ballroom e youkoso

the first character you loved:

  • griffith
  • eren
  • kiyoharu

the character you never expected to love so much:

  • GATTS  mean i did a real 360
  • bertholdt
  • sengokU

the character you relate to most:

  • … griffith
  •  hmm ,,,,, levi
  • chinatsu/kiyoharu

the character you’d slap:

  • GRIFFITH
  • tatara belEVE IN URSELF ALREADY PLS

three favorite characters:

  • gatts, griffith, farnese
  • erwin, hanji, bertholdt
  • sengoku, kiyoharu, shizuku

a character you liked at first but not so much anymore:

  • none?? i’ve only ever been slightly annoyed with some of them but i don’t think i’ve hated any of the characters?? 
    (besides villains)
  • marco is overrrated as hell srry i cant think of anyone specific tho eren could rlly use a good ass whopin th
  • i still like her but chinatsu is the only one whose annoyed me at some point along with gaju

a character you did not like at first, but they’ve grown on you:

  • farnese!! my special daughter she’s grown so much
  • levi i thought he was super overrated at first tbh
  • gaju was a big bully but now i love this teddy bear

3 OTPs:

  • gatts/griffith, farnese/casca, everyone/happiness
  • erwin/levi, reinerbertholdt, ymir/historia, mikasa/sasha
  • kiyoharu/shizuku, chinatsu/koumoto, chintasu/mako gaju/kiyoharu tatara/mako
I never really understood why people end their letters with p.s. I love you.
My love for you is not post script. It’s the whole story.
—  thoughts about her

I get so mad when people say aro/ace people don’t belong in the queer community bc some of them might be straight and/or cis, like bitch. fuck the fuck off. the queer community deals with everything sexuality and gender, right? that’s the whole deal with the queer community. inclusion, awareness, openness, validation +++++ etc etc etc. c o m m u n i t y. the fuck people doing excluding people like this. get off your fucking high horse. I’m so done with all these people being like “oh no this is OUR community it’s the lgbt community not whatever-you-just-made-up-community lmao.” elitist bullshit. we get this enough from the rest of the world. the queer community should be better than this. it is. 

guys. my point is (if I didn’t make it abundantly clear already): if you’re aro/ace but are attracted to the opposite sex and/or you’re cis? congrats you still belong in the queer community because you’re aro/ace and you’re still valid and goddamit you are loved.

So, Sailor Moon Crystal gets a lot of hate, and I’ll admit that Seasons 1 & 2 were pretty touch-and-go. But can I just say that, as a queer person, here’s some of the things I love about this show thus far:

  • Usagi is super pansexual
  • Haruka gives no fucks about the gender binary
  • Michiru is queer AF but can’t be mistaken for lesbian anymore
  • Michiru and Haruka are totally poly or in an open relationship
  • Usagi is definitely poly, and possibly Mamoru as well
  • Minako uses her disguise compact to genderbend herself for funzies

Fuck yes. More of this, please.

a friendly psa

it’s me, your neighborhood friendly asexual! i’m here to talk to you about those posts you’re making about us aces.

you know the ones! they’re the posts that explain various queer identities, and end with “and asexuals prefer pizza.” they’re the posts that call asexual people magical star children. they’re the posts that talk about how romantic or sexual interest is the downfall of most movie protagonists, so the asexuals will have the strength to save the world.

these posts, on their own, are pretty awesome. i’ve reblogged a fair number of them myself, because sometimes being told that you are a really badass celestial ray of light, or something, is great!

but it’s gotten to the point where i see these posts a lot. i’m not saying they should stop, or anything, because sometimes they are fun. but i’m kind of tired of them being pretty much the only thing i see about asexual people on my dash. (or on other social media, for that matter.)

the truth is, i don’t feel like a rad asexual dragon who wears cool sunglasses and flips off haters as they skate off into the sunset. most of the time, i feel like a lazy potato who wants a nap. so when i see these posts everywhere, i feel like somehow, i’m not being a “good” asexual. which is completely ridiculous, of course, but having that conversation with my brain never goes well.

so i just end up feeling like a failure to my community because i’m not a stunning, sparkly space rock with zero flaws. and i want that to stop.

i’m tired of seeing myself represented as a glorious unicorn dragon fairy who blesses the less fortunate, binges on pizza, looks perfect in a bikini, never succumbs to temptations of any sort, marries people just for their money and then kills them off. i never asked you to think of me as any of those things and i’m tired of trying to live up to those expectations.

i’m just asking you to think of me as human. that’s all i want, and honestly, that’s all i feel up to right now.

braverlyearp  asked:

#CarmilaTTNatasha Yay, so happy you're answering more questions!! One of the things I love most about Carmilla is how unabashedly queer it is, that the characters aren't treated differently because of their sexuality and two girls can be in love while dealing with other conflicts that have nothing to do with the fact they're both girls. As a queer woman yourself, how has the experience of working on the show affected you personally, especially being aware of its target audience?

I’ve never identified as straight, and “came out” to my friends and family, as being attracted to women about ten years ago. But despite that, I had never felt the need to label my sexuality. So I guess working on Carmilla has helped me find labels that work for me, and has helped me to be a little more vocal about my opinions and sexuality. The social responsibility is very important to me, and I feel very grateful to work on something meaningful and to be a voice for queer youth. - N.

anonymous asked:

Why do you think Justin was the one that got under the wire and why do you think Brian took him home when he clearly was a lot younger and sexually inexperienced than the tricks Brian usually picks up?

I saw this question and dozens of pink cartoon hearts just started floating above my head, just so you know.

I think the reason Brian picked up Justin that night was because of exactly the reason you said: he was a lot younger and a lot less sexually experienced than the tricks Brian usually took home. Remember what Brian said as he left Babylon? “I got bored.” Brian’s fucked so many men at this point they all run together in his brain. Just countless club boys who’ll all (literally and figuratively) drop at his feet, who treat him like he’s a sex god, who likely all put on an act to impress said sex god. They may be thrilled to be with Brian Kinney, but other than that, it’s just another night at Babylon for them. And sure, they may be experienced, they may know how to give good head, but they’re just not exciting. Poor Brian’s feeling a bit of sexual ennui. Been there, fucked that.

And then he sees Justin. He’s clearly new to the scene, he doesn’t know who Brian is, and while Brian picks up in about 20 seconds that he’s pretty inexperienced, I think Brian can spot an enthusiastic learner when he sees one. So Justin was somebody new and different and exciting, which was exactly what Brian needed that night.

Plus he was fucking gorgeous. And we all know Brian doesn’t have the most discriminatory of tastes when picking up tricks. Justin is lightyears more attractive than his usual fucks. :D

As for why he’s the one who got under the wire… oh, so many reasons. Brian’s used to being the one calling the shots. He takes a trick home, fucks them, sends them on their way, and that’s it. And then Justin shows up and fights for him. Brian turns him away multiple times and Justin just goes “nope, sorry, good sir, not getting rid of me that easily.” Brian has never rejected a former trick, and then had said former trick show up at Babylon, strip off his shirt, steal the guys Brian was dancing with, and prove to Brian that he’s very much interested in him, despite all his protests to the contrary. That stunt right there impressed the pants off Brian (again, literally and figuratively). That took some serious balls… and it showed, that right from the very beginning, Justin was onto him.

But beyond Justin being a persistent little shit (bless), Justin was sweet. He was kind. He was genuinely interested in Brian and not his sex god persona. He was brave. He was inspiring. He didn’t accept anybody’s shit, including Brian’s. He was passionate. He was smart. He was talented. He was determined. He was funny. He came out to his family and stood up to his father when he was still a teenager, something Brian wasn’t able to do. He was able to lift Brian out of his darkest moods. He brought joy and light to his life. He stuck by Brian even when he was acting like an asshole, even when his life was in the toilet. He showered him with love and affection even as Brian insisted he didn’t believe in love. He showed an unwavering belief in Brian, even from the very beginning. He accepted Brian for who he was, but also made it clear that he knew there was more to Brian than what he revealed to the world. He thought Brian was incredible because of his heart, not because of his sexual prowess or his money or his career or his looks. 

Justin Taylor had all these amazing qualities (and more!) that Brian would admire in anybody, and they were wrapped up in this one incredible package, a gorgeous and remarkable young man who loved him. 

I mean, honestly. Kinney never stood a chance. 

One thing I love about torchwood is that it demolishes the idea that queer is synonymous with weakness like captain jack harkness is a rough and tumble gun toting take no shit bad ass but the biggest queer to ever exist
God this show is great

anonymous asked:

So I'm still searching around for what I am and was wondering what being queer means.

I embrace queer as an outward-facing label for my own identity because of its thorns. It’s not a gentle word, or a soft one that might be easy to hear. It’s not a thing that generally causes the kinds of people who demand labels for all the non-straight folks they encounter to nod calmly and say “oh, yes of course”. It’s a bit of a grating thing, and I love that about it. I love the hard edges of my queerness. It’s a term that refuses terminology. An unclear fog where some people expect clarity. I don’t choose the people I care about based on their gender (or their genitals) but based on who they are holistically. Queerness feels like that, to me. I like the idea of an identity that cannot be pigeonholed. That can’t be made to fit some straight-friendly series of comforting identifiers.

Maybe that works for you, too, or you’ve got another reason to like calling yourself a queer person. Maybe you don’t, and the search continues!