this is like the perfect representation

edit: this post is directed at the general populace. Mlm clearly have more of a right to dislike this game if it makes them uncomfortable, these are my thoughts on the matter however and not intended to trample on mlm. also i am a qu**r person who uses that word as an umbrella term but have seen how it’s bothering a lot of the rebloggers so i’ve changed it to LGBT

maybe you folks should ask yourselves why youre trying so hard to find reasons to demonize and hate Dream Daddy, a game with actual pure non-fetishized representation of mlm and honestly GBT men of all sorts that you’ll even go as far as to twist around components of a datamine into something theyre not

its okay to dislike GG, theyve done some shitty stuff in the past  AND present, and i dont even watch them or like them, but this game isnt made by them. its released by them. it was made by a couple college art students who did a great job at putting representation and real experiences in this game and they worked so fuckin hard on it. you know what youre doing by trying to make this game fail, or torrenting it so it looks like it did worse than it actually did? assuring more games with positive representation aren’t made, or released, or even fucking bothered with. i fucking promise you, with GG’s youtube channel and band and whatever else they do, that you torrenting or boycotting the game isnt hurting them in the slightest. it’s hurting the creators, it’s hurting LGBT game-makers everywhere, and it’s hurting the genre of LGBT games made by LGBT people with good, unfetishized or sex-oriented stories/characters.

so maybe get your heads out of your cynical asses, accept nothing you consume will be perfect, and try to support something with a genuine and positive representation of both GB and trans men. its a fun, lighthearted game with good stories and relatable characters and frankly, im sick of yall trying to assure LGBT oriented games fail because of such miniscule shit.

happy ask list for when you’re sad:

sunflower: if there was a door that went to a city that was a good representation of you, what city would it be and would you go through the door?

pink: sunsets or sunrises? 

freshly cut grass: are you an early riser? if not, is this because you stay up late? 

journal: would you dye your hair if you had the opportunity? why or why not? 

painting: in what ways are you creative? 

waves: is there one music genre you can’t listen to? 

writing: do you write letters? if not, would you like to be? 

waterfalls: describe your perfect date.

freckles: what’s something that makes you happy? describe the first thing that comes to your head. 

dimples: would you rather be inviting on a hike or a night out? 

blushing: describe a rad person you know. 

watercolour: talk about something someone you are interested in can do that never fails to make you find them attractive? 

pine: if you could only smell one scent for the rest of your life, what would it be? 

pink eyeshadow: pasta or pizza? 

icy: homemade or takeout? 

rosè: what’s your opinion on shyness? 

clouds: list your top 5 songs at the moment and how they make you feel 

silk: list songs you listen to for a jam 

white sheets: where’s somewhere you would love to travel to? why? 

black nail polish: what do you do to pamper yourself? 

hidden beaches: do you prefer to hang out in a big group or one on one? 

crossed fingers: using no negative words, describe your hair. 

mocktails: cold weather or hot weather?

I need somebody to take the raptors in the kitchen scene from Jurassic Park and replace it with Tracer + Genji (as the raptors) and Mercy + Zenyatta (as the kids) because honestly that scene is a perfect representation of what it’s like trying to play support while being flanked

diannaagron Heart stopped a beat realizing that today it has been four years without this wonder human. This picture is a perfect representation of how funny and mischievous you were (I mean look at that grin) I could never contain myself when you were near. I remember this moment, those funny men in hand, feeling like maybe they had read the wrong names and what were we even doing there….how were we fooling everyone, what kind of magic was this? So lucky to have had our show, our cast and you. I miss seeing you every day on set, your supreme kindness and generosity. I miss every bit of you.

anonymous asked:

Would you ever consider drawing a thicker Lavellan? I love Nalia so much- but it would be really cool to see a Lavellan who didn't have a thigh gap or thin arms, just for representations sake. Nalia is perfect in literally every way and this is not at all meant as a criticism!! I love her deeply and aspire to like... look like her lol. Your art is so phenomenal!

of course!! and thank you!! I agree it is harder to find characters with body types that differ from the game default especially with elves, I’m guilty of this too 😖 Inquisitor requests are always open if you wish to send me yours to draw when I have some free time btw!

been thinking a lot about how the adventure zone handles representation and why it’s so satisfying and well done… i think a lot of it is because the mcelboys understand that diversity is realistic, natural, and frankly just more interesting.

that’s why it usually doesn’t feel forced or tokenistic. there’s an understanding that as the real world is diverse, so should fantasy be. they’ve also taken the time to listen to criticism levelled at them; justin’s hesitance over making taako’s sexuality explicit once griffin pointed out the possible negative connotations of his character voice, their decision to rework the designs of the characters in the official graphic novel once people complained about the whole main cast being white. it’s not pandering, it’s a genuine commitment to creating an interesting and believeable world that their diverse listenership can relate to.

it’s natural and non-sensationalised - queer characters in particular don’t have a big shock reveal, it’s just a part of who they are. take roswell as an example - they’re agender/nb because of course they are. if you think about it for more than four seconds it’s pretty obvious that arbitrarily assigning a gender to a powerful earth construct would be a much weirder decision.

taking away that automatic assumption that all characters should be cisgender & heterosexual as their default setting makes inclusivity easy - when griffin asks clint about merle’s marriage, he doesn’t automatically ask about his wife, he says ‘husband or wife’. little things like that make so much difference.

i’m not saying it’s always perfect, but jesus, they’re really trying. and usually succeeding. as white (i’m assuming) cishet guys they would not have been dragged for neglecting diversity, but they did it anyway. we need more content creators like them, who treat representation as something natural and normal and interesting rather than an annoying obligation.

tl;dr i love taz & the mcelboys a lot and i think about it all the time

  • me: i sure hope they make jughead asexual in a later season since his character canonically is in the comics & positive ace representation is very important &, as someone who identifies as asexual, i would very much like to see a prominent asexual character in a mainstream television show
  • also me: i sure hope they make jughead homosexual in a later season so he can hook up with archie bc mmmMMMMMM BOIIIIIIIII THEY'D BE PERFECT TOGETHER
Ask me anything! Literally:P y'all ❤ and stuff but let's interact bros ⭐️ pllleeazzzze I'm so bored...help
  • happy ask list for when you’re sad:
  • sunflower: if there was a door that went to a city that was a good representation of you, what city would it be and would you go through the door?
  • pink: sunsets or sunrises?
  • freshly cut grass: are you an early riser? if not, is this because you stay up late?
  • journal: would you dye your hair if you had the opportunity? why or why not?
  • painting: in what ways are you creative?
  • waves: is there one music genre you can’t listen to?
  • writing: do you write letters? if not, would you like to be?
  • waterfalls: describe your perfect date.
  • freckles: what’s something that makes you happy? describe the first thing that comes to your head.
  • dimples: would you rather be inviting on a hike or a night out?
  • blushing: describe a rad person you know.
  • watercolour: talk about something someone you are interested in can do that never fails to make you find them attractive?
  • pine: if you could only smell one scent for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  • pink eyeshadow: pasta or pizza?
  • icy: homemade or takeout?
  • rosè: what’s your opinion on shyness?
  • clouds: list your top 5 songs at the moment and how they make you feel
  • silk: list songs you listen to for a jam
  • white sheets: where’s somewhere you would love to travel to? why?
  • black nail polish: what do you do to pamper yourself?
  • hidden beaches: do you prefer to hang out in a big group or one on one?
  • crossed fingers: using no negative words, describe your hair.
  • mocktails: cold weather or hot weather?
  • ❣️And if there isn’t a question here that appeals to you: ask me *literally anything* you want!❣️
  • all creds to @harryhubba I rly liked this prompt!

When people criticize Hannigram as a toxic ship I’m just like…have you ever read literature? Have you ever looked at art? Have you ever watched film? Art isn’t always supposed to be nice, pretty, and wrap things up in perfect little bows of how ideal life and relationships should be. Art can be complicated, raise moral questions, show the dark side of humanity and love.

I feel like there is this general misunderstanding with like 18 year old kids on this website of how to engage with complex art and representation. Critique and analysis are essential. But I don’t understand this imposition that creative works be positive, healthy, and safe. Like that’s not how art works??

do you know what i want?

i want an lgbt+ tv show/movie that’s not a drama

i want a how i met your mother to be about a pansexual ted mosby and the running joke is that barney’s offended ted doesn’t find him attractive

i want a legally blonde to be about a lipstick lesbian who goes to law school to get her girlfriend back

i want a that ‘70s show where jackie is bisexual and between dating kelso and hyde she brings her ugly ass girlfriends with her to hang out with the gang (because there’s no way she can have a woman in her life prettier than herself)

i want a 13 going on 30 where jenna rink wakes up to be 30 years old and his name is michael rink and he still falls in love with matty from the house next door

i want a parks & recreation where ann perkins is asexual but still becomes pregnant via artificial insemination because ann is perfect and would be the best mother in the history of ever

being lgbt+ doesn’t have to be the focal point of a movie or show

like i understand it’s still a pretty bold move in media but like i’m just getting sick of all of the representation being the ultra dramatic main premise of it all

there are so many lgbt+ dramas. just give me my sitcom.

Anyway Soldier is perfect and good

One of the most unfortunate (and fortunate in some cases) aspects of completely delving yourself into a fandom is that you begin to accept how other people interpret characters versus how the true game interprets them. Like I mentioned, this can be a really awesome thing!

But sometimes, not so much.

A good example in our home sweet home, the tf2 fandom, would be the most antagonized character of the game (at least imo. Medic gets a lot of shit representation too)

Good ol’ Jane Doe.

Most of my opinion on this topic is from a personal experience so I’ll jump straight into that:

When I first joined this fandom/ got the game, my love for the characters was pretty contrastive; Medic was super up top, and engie, demo, and ya boy solly I wasn’t really into (yet of course). This was pretty realistic since I was newer and had set my heart on my favs. As I met people, enjoyed content, and created my own, my love began to spread and even out (thank God). 

Except…one merc was still lagging. Soldier. As I matured in my knowledge and independence of interpretation I began to really notice why. 

Soldier is portrayed very heavily as the angry hateful antagonist of many artistic scenarios, especially writing.

It’s too easy. Jane’s excessive expression of opinion and loud sense of patriotism and criticism made him an easy villain to give an insult, or cause a problem. I had seen this usage of his character so often that I had forgotten how this absolute DORK teleported fuckin bread for three whole days, just out of childish impulse

LIKE HOLY HECK HE IS SO BUBBLY AND ALL OVER THE PLACE! The interpretation is flawed in one major place. Is Soldier someone who has opinionated outbursts?? Yes. Are they all based on hate and bias?? NO. Soldier is very expressive in all fields, including excitement, love, and the support he has for his team

The team part is a big one. Like wtf are you thinkin’ Jane LOVES his teammates!! He is extremely supportive and doesn’t seem to push his insults any further than impulsive outbursts

look at him smiling during scout’s date!! He’s so proud

pure

he’s so loving in his own way

anyway this kinda turned into a soldier appreciation post that is too long but uh yeah pls he’s not awful he’s a big ol dork thanks

Here’s the thing: Romani characters in American movies and tv shows are always played by white people. This isn’t an occasional problem. It’s universal. It’s like if EVERY Asian character were played by Scarlett Johansson or Emma Stone. That is what makes the possibility of Nightwing being played by an actor who isn’t Romani particularly bad, not the specifics of Dick’s character and history.

With Romani characters, even among progressive-minded people, there is always an excuse for why erasing their ethnicity is fine. Let’s look at the common ones:

“But some Romani people look white.” Everyone knows that some Romani folks are white-passing. This is not a secret, and it’s not an excuse for them to always be played by white actors. “Some people in this group have light skin” = “they should all be played by white actors” is messed up logic.

“It isn’t even mentioned in the comics that much.” How many times does a character’s ethnicity have to be mentioned for it to be enough? 17? 90? 5000? Does he need to wear a sign? A character’s race or ethnicity doesn’t have to be constantly brought up in order for it to “matter.”

“But there are stereotypes in the comics.” That should be a nonstarter because that’s one of the reasons to cast a Romani actor in the first place. Authenticity and a mindful eye about those things is part of what a Romani actor (since they’re definitely not getting a Romani writer) can bring to a role like this. Input on how things should be handled. Constructive criticism on the script. Something being done badly once doesn’t mean it has to be done badly every time.

No one is arguing Nightwing is perfect, flawless representation in the comics. No one is saying his Romani heritage is handled as well as it could be. No one is trying to force you to love Devin Grayson forever and ever, amen. We’re simply saying that there is universal whitewashing of this one group, and it needs to stop somewhere. If Dick were played by a Romani actor, that would be a huge step forward because he is such a famous character. I don’t expect WB to take that into consideration when casting, but the call for it to happen isn’t misguided.

Please Read

When We Rise is an ABC miniseries about the history of the gay rights movement ON A POPULAR NETWORK THAT LITERALLY CAN SPREAD A MESSAGE TO THE WORLD IN SOMETHING THATS NEVER BEEN DONE BEFORE!!!
I come onto the Tumblr tag expecting people to be rejoicing. It’s the representation we’ve waited years for. Our lgbtq grandparents would’ve wept had they known that, by 2017, we’d be here.
I come into the tumblr tag to find people complaining. There’s not enough poc characters. Not enough bisexual characters. Not enough trans characters.
Not enough.
We are witnessing the best representation this community has had on television. We are seeing a landmark for this community happen in front of our faces. And yet, we say “not enough”.
I am tired of people shunning this community’s achievements. I am tired of this constant search for a perfection we will never have. I am tired of watching this community push back progress in the name of perfection. Because the truth is, no form of representation will be free of issues. There will never be enough representation to go around so that every minority can have their fair share. But will we choose to ignore that once more, or accept what we are offered?
These are the exact repercussions films like About Ray and Stonewall had to go through. And what happened to those movies? They were nitpicked and boycotted by the very community they advocated for. These films flopped and never got to speak their message. The message of equality, progress.
If we continue to push away representation, one day the world will stop trying. No films or miniseries to let our voices be heard, because the market for lgbtq films will be dead with no support from homophobes or the community. We will have nothing.
I know I’m not the only one who feels this way, so please reblog this post. Spread the message that this needs to stop. My inbox is always open to opinions and discussions.

I don’t think people understand why we’re collectively angry about the way joseph’s route went. Honestly, it would have been nice for an actual christian whose an authority of the church to come to grips with his sexuality and decide that yeah that’s ok and that he can still be a christian regardless. 

Also, none of the twists make sense narrative wise. Up to this point, we’ve been lead to believe that Mary is not only a neglectful drunk but is also a cheater (while not physically cheating flirting with anyone is still considered a form of cheating my dudes). So, why would you paint her as the victim in the end. 

This trope has been played here and back and it’s not only boring, but it makes no sense for the character to be this way. You can say “Oh you’re taking this too personally”, well damn right I am and here’s why:

1) The way Mary was initially depicted reminded me quite a bit of my mother. Someone who cheats on her marriage without any regards to how her family might feel and seems to be very distant and emotionally cold to them. Do you know how rare it is to see a woman like that depicted in a negative light. Call it me projecting my anger, but I was looking forward to a woman like this getting her comeuppance when women actually being abusive and manipulative is so often glossed over and they so often get away with it. I wanted this to be a thing for once

2) I’m so tired of seeing the “wow you thought this person was actually nice lol we’ll show you. That’s what you get for trusting people” trope played to death. This twist came out of left field. It’s also majorly ooc for a guy we seen had been absolutely adoring and caring of his family and patient with his wife. 

3) This is fairly damaging to people like me who grew up in a conservative household with a mostly religious family who were of course kind of homophobic. I thought it would be nice to see representation of a religious man whose lgbt and still decides that he can be lgbt and still be religious. Do you realize how impactful that would have been.

But no instead of a positive narrative about a kind and cool youth minister whose coming to grips with years of internalized homophobia and learning to slowly accept himself and work through realizing that yeah his family is not perfect and he needs to go after what’s best for him and his kids we got whatever this was. But yeah sure judge us for flipping our shit over this crappy twist and all the implications it holds.

Could they just remake the ‘90s X-Men show already? Like some better animation and better acting is all I want and I want some fresh (and accurate) representations of the X-Men.

Also, make it less about Wolverine. Like, he’s cool and all, but I’m sick of the hype.

List of Mutants Cooler than Wolverine:

Storm-worshipped as a goddess in Africa, has a racial identity that she could work through. Also is bisexual.

Rogue-raised by queer mutant women, is strong as hell

Scarlet Witch-raised by Romani, has had such a hard time.

Nightcrawler-he is the perfect example of the religious guy who IS the kind of person that religious people (supposedly) are supposed to shun (since he’s part demon). He’s also one of the kindest characters in the entire series.

Mystique-basically the only representation of gender fluidity that we have in the X-Men. BFFLs with Destiny (also gay with Destiny). Mother of Nightcrawler and (adopted) mother of Rogue.

Gambit-he’s got a cool power and an interesting background. Great anti-hero material here. Also, if he came out as bisexual, I would not be shocked.

Iceman-GAAAAAY! Also, hilarious. Could be besties with Spider-Man. That would be a lot of fun.

Armor-SHE CAN CREATE ARMOR OF ANY SIZE. I don’t know much else. That’s why she’s on this list.

STORM FOR FUCK’S SAKE!

Tell some stories about them.

anonymous asked:

Could you explain why shipping Nico with girls is homophobic? I'm not actually a part of the LGBT community, but I would genuinely, sincerely like to hear from a queer person's experience/perspective as to why it is considered offensive. I realise the LGBT community barely gets any representation- is this the reason why? I know you probably already got a lot of messages regarding this, so I totally understand if you choose to ignore it, but an explanation would be really helpful :3

When it comes to minority representation there are certain boundaries that shouldn’t be crossed. You don’t draw a black character as white, you don’t write a character that has a physical disability as able-bodied (if any of this language is ableist please let me know), and you don’t hc a canon gay character as bi or straight.

One thing straight people seem to have a hard time understanding is that it’s so drastically different to hc a straight character as not-straight than to hc a gay character as being attracted to the opposite/different sex. Being gay (or bi) is a part of us intrinsically. It literally shapes who we are as people, how we perceive the world around us and how we interact with it. It molds our experience in a way a straight cis person could never understand. You simply can’t extract the gay from a character and have them be the same, especially with Nico bc his sexuality was explicitly shown to be a pivotal part of his character arc and a great source of distress for him. Taking that away leaves you with a hollow shell of what his character should be.

“Well then what if he’s bi” people shout “we don’t know he doesn’t like girls”

It’s so very common to hear this, honestly. People demand so much more proof to believe a character is gay. It’s not good enough that a character only shows interest in the same sex, uses language that implies they don’t have any interest in the opposite sex, and have a story arc that revolves around accepting themselves and dealing with internalized homophobia. Gay characters can’t just be gay. No, they have to scream it from rooftops and repeat it until their throat is soar and their mouth dry.

I’m getting off topic.

“If straight characters can be put in gay ships then why can’t gay characters be put in straight ships”

I once saw an analogy that went vaguely like this:

Imagine you have a pantry full of candy. In fact, it’s practically bursting at the seams, candy is pushing at the door trying to make room for more. And I have a bowl. One bowl of candy. And while your pantry of candy overflows, I pick up a few pieces from the floor and put them in my bowl. You still have a pantry, and I still only have a bowl. But then you take a handful out of my bowl and say it’s only fair, you took some of mine, after all. You don’t notice the candy I took from your pantry because it’s innumerable. But I’m forced to notice the candy you took from my bowl because it was so small to begin with.

It really isn’t a perfect analogy by any means, but maybe it’ll grant some perspective on the fact that straight people are swimming in an ocean of representation but I dip one toe into it and now they demand to swim in my pond.

I’m actually too tired to continue. I’ve been typing this out for awhile, just trying to think of how to explain myself and now it’s 1am and I’m afraid I’m fried but this has been sitting in my inbox for a bit and I want to get it answered. If anyone in the lgbt community would like to elaborate further, please do.

Power Rangers (2017)

Feat. happy flapping, bouncing, a Genuine Autistic Character, and entirely too many feelings for a campy children’s franchise.

It wasn’t perfect, it had its flaws, but there was some damn good characterization and character development, a lot of the humor worked well, and most importantly:

THE AUTISTIC CHARACTER WAS NOT A PUNCHLINE OR JUST SUFFERING FROM HIS DISABILITY. BILLY CRANSTON WAS THE HEART OF THE MOVIE. HE ROCKED AND FLAPPED AND INFODUMPED AND ASKED NOT TO BE TOUCHED. HE OUTRIGHT SAID HE WAS ON THE SPECTRUM.

I finally got to see a serious representation of someone like me (mentally, if not physically) on the big screen. And it means the world to me. It feels like finally escaping the butt of some nebulous joke.

#protectbillycranston2k17

I love how casually Shadowhunters approaches sexualities. Like Magnus just randomly mentioning that he likes both males and females, Ollie casually talking about Samantha with Luke, fake!Sebastian and Aline talking about Carolyn, Raphael straight-up just telling Izzy that he’s not interested in sex and it not being a big deal. I’ll easily admit that Shadowhunters isn’t perfect but I just love how they put in little bits of representation without making a massive thing about it