I know I don't post blogs very often, but this is an especially important one for me. June has finally arrived and you know what that means... HAPPY PRIDE MONTH!
As always, Fandom is excited to celebrate Pride and the accomplishments of creators in the LGBTQIA+ community. It's always a full circle moment for me when I get the opportunity to give back to the community who helped me so much with discovering myself and coming to terms with my own queer identity. I had the great pleasure of discussing this a bit at Community Connect this past weekend (shoutout to everyone who was there!), and I'm thrilled to continue promoting the message of love and acceptance by sharing various programming initiatives with you all throughout this month. We'll be hosting Pride themed roundtables, highlighting the stories of the LGBTQIA+ Wiki admins and LGBTQIA+ history as a whole, and for all you Drag Race fans out there: even hosting a tournament bracket on the Drag Race Wiki - just to name a few of the awesome things in store. There will be some surprises as well, and we hope you'll join us in the celebration!
Our theme for Pride this year is Love Will Keep Us Together. We're all here because of our love of various IPs and topics, right? Our shared love of imagined worlds is what brings all of us together on this platform each and every day, and I firmly believe our sense of community is what keeps us all together. Behind all the usernames you interact with is a large number of LGBTQIA+ community members, all with different stories and lived experiences. Some may be out and proud, others may be closeted, and some might not have even discovered their identities yet. All are valid, and all have a rightful place to celebrate their passions and identities on this platform.
I sincerely encourage you all to be open to learning more about the history of LGBTQIA+ culture and community, because the more we all try to understand each other, the easier it becomes to love and accept the qualities that make us all unique.
History of Pride
To a lot of people, I'm sure Pride Month seems like a joyful time full of positivity and sunshine and (quite literally) rainbows. There really is so much to celebrate during Pride - festivals, parades, parties, and marches are fun ways to get in the spirit - but the truth is, queer folks have never had it easy, and we have faced plenty of hardships to get to where we are today. It is important to recognize the struggles alongside the celebration, as well as the activists who risk their lives to lead protests for gay rights.
Pride is actually celebrated in June to commemorate the Stonewall Riots, also known as the Stonewall Uprising, which started on June 28, 1969 at the Stonewall Inn, a gay club located in Greenwich Village in New York City. For six days, members of the LGBTQIA+ community engaged in protests and violent clashes with law enforcement who raided the establishment. The event is widely regarded as a catalyst for the gay rights movement in the United States.
On the first anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising in 1970, activists in NYC led the first ever Pride March, and 10 years later, Pride went national when the first National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights was held in D.C. Since then, the Pride movement has expanded across the U.S. and also the world, with celebrations being held in more and more cities throughout the month of June. We have certainly come a long way on LGBTQIA+ rights, but there is still a long way left to go to truly build an equal and accepting society.
Check out some of our recommendations for entertainment with LGBTQIA+ representation:
Charlie, a high-strung, openly gay overthinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player, one day are made to sit together at their all-boys school.
The series follows Victor, a new student at Creekwood High School on his own journey of self-discovery, facing challenges at home, adjusting to a new city and exploring his sexual orientation.
Grace and Frankie
Eternal rivals Grace and Frankie are forced to rely on each other when they learn that their husbands have fallen in love with each other and want to get married.
Stand-up comic Mae Martin navigates a passionate, messy new relationship with her girlfriend, George, while dealing with the challenges of sobriety.
Drag Race is a television drag queen competition franchise created by American drag icon RuPaul, which grew to conquer the world, as there is always a competition going on somewhere.
Pose is set in the world of the late-1980s to early-1990s and "looks at the juxtaposition of several segments of life and society in New York: the rise of the luxury universe, the downtown social and literary scene and the ball culture world."
Dear White People
Set against the backdrop of a predominantly white Ivy League university, this satirical series is a hilarious send-up of "post-racial" America that weaves together the universal story of finding one's own identity and forging a wholly unique path.
Our Flag Means Death
This series loosely follows the tale of Stede Bonnet, an aristocrat who abandons his life of privilege to become a pirate. His life changes when he meets history's most feared and revered pirate, Blackbeard.
Life is Strange: True Colors
The story follows Alex Chen who, after eight years in the foster care system, reunites with her brother Gabe in the cozy Midwestern town of Haven Springs, Colorado, where she is shaken by Gabe's mysterious death.
Plunder dungeons and fend off dangerous monsters in this flirty, playful dating game, while you take your weapons on romantic dates to fend off the monsters together, because the couple that slays together, stays together.
Joining the Psychonauts, Razputin discovers a mole hiding in headquarters and must use his powers to stop them. Helmut and Bob are instrumental in resolving the game but are also allowed to be physically and emotionally affectionate with each other onscreen, marking one of the most sincere gay romances in gaming history.
This zen puzzle game about unpacking a life shows how uncovering your queerness can be something subtle like a series of small but significant discoveries made throughout the course of a lifetime.
With robots losing consciousness, you are Alma, a queer woman android searching for her lost partner, with only a few hundred hours (roughly less than 10 hours in real time) before you lose your sentience and become like one of the mechanical monsters terrorizing the world.
Blue Reflection: Second Light
At a unique academy filled with students who lost their memory, much of the game involves delving into the various cast members' "Heartscapes" and gradually uncovering the truth behind some key moments in their life.
Controlling The Journalist on Snaktooth Island, you are tasked with interviewing various characters to solve a mystery. Within the cast of 12 Grumpuses, there are two queer couples. The queerness is presented as important and explicit, and the two queer relationships in the game appear to be the healthiest ones; one is the most central to the plot, and there is no discrimination or hardship to overcome.
When The Night Comes
As a Hunter, you've been called to Lunaris to assist the local Enforcers with an investigation into a series of increasingly unsettling murders. The cast is LGBTQ+ friendly, the romance options are varied with polyamorous options available, and you can choose your own pronouns.
Sam Jones from Dynasty
A successful businessman and a caring friend to those around him, Sam's got everything money can buy and now wants what it can't. Out and proud since season 1, Sam and his sexuality were never put on the back-burner.
Tom Swift from Tom Swift
In a subversive take on the original Tom Swift
novels, Swift is reimagined as a Black gay billionaire inventor who is thrust into a world of sci-fi conspiracy and unexplained phenomena after the shocking disappearance of his father. The character makes history as the first gay Black lead on network television.
Kai Bartley from Grey's Anatomy
The first non-binary character in 18 seasons, Bartley, played by Fightmaster, who is also non-binary, is a neuroscientist whose gender identity was introduced in a very casual and non-confrontational way.
Luz and Amity from The Owl House
In an unprecedented queer Disney
show, Luz, an Afro-Dominican, bisexual, neurodivergent human teenager, gets the opportunity to explore the Boiling Isles and her relationship with Amity Blight throughout all seasons.
David King from Dead by Daylight
Introduced as one of the very first Survivors in the game alongside his killer, King is confirmed by Creative Director Dave Richard to be the first—though not the last—gay character.
Meredith Weiss from Lake
In the quiet town of Providence Oaks set in 1986, you play Meredith Weiss, who came there to escape the busy city life. The peaceful setting allows for a story of self-discovery and recollection for Meredith and yourself but potentially also one where queer anxiety is brought to the surface, too.
Tyler Ronan from Tell Me Why
The first transgender character to star in a AAA video game for a major developmental studio, Tyler was named Best LGBTQ Character at the 2021 Gayming Awards, while Tell Me Why
was conferred the Authentic Representation Award for its depiction of LGBT characters like Tyler.
Ellie and Dina from The Last of Us Part II
One of gaming's most famous gay characters is Ellie, introduced in 2013, who returns in the game's second installment in 2020, where she is dating a woman named Dina, who is bisexual, and the two raise a child together.
In addition to our traditional entertainment recommendations, we want to shine a light on some pivotal members of the LGBTQIA+ community whose actions and struggles were crucial to advancing the Pride movement, paving the way for LGBTQIA+ rights, and shaping queer culture and community. Celebrating Pride couldn't have been possible without the contributions of these trailblazers, and although it is impossible to highlight all of them, here is a few standouts. Check them out on the LGBTQIA+ Wiki to learn more (and a huge shoutout to Itsbartbytheway for his hard work on all of these articles)!
Marsha P. Johnson, also known as Marsha "Pay It No Mind" Johnson, was a Black transgender woman, who was alongside Sylvia Rivera at the beginning of the Stonewall riots and spent much of her life fighting for equality. She served as a mother figure to the drag queens, transgender women, and homeless youth of Christopher Street in New York City. A documentary film, The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson, about her was released first at the Tribeca Film Festival and later that year on Netflix.
Sylvia Rivera was a queer, Latina, self-identified drag queen who fought for the rights of transgender and gender-nonconfirming people. Said to have thrown the first brick at Stonewall, Rivera and Johnson started S.T.A.R. (Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries), a group focused on providing shelter and support to homeless young drag queens, gay youth, and transgender women.
Lili Ilse Elvenes, better known as Lili Elbe, was a Danish painter and transgender woman. She was one of the earliest people to have gender confirmation surgery. Her story and that of Gerda Wegener inspired the 2000 fictional novel The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff, which was turned into a romantic drama movie with the same name in 2015.
woman to become widely known in the United States for undergoing medical transition through gender confirmation surgery. Her story sparked a national discussion about gender identity
in the fifties.
American blues singer, pianist, and entertainer during the Harlem Renaissance, seen today as an African-American woman ahead of her time for proudly loving other women, wearing men's clothing, and singing bawdy songs, backed up by a chorus line of drag queens.
Mathematician considered the father of modern computing and a war hero, he was convicted for "gross indecency" under homophobic Victorian laws, but legislation known as "Turing's Law" granted posthumous pardons to thousands of convicted gay
men in 2017. Since June 2021, he's the new face of the £50 note. Part of his story was told in the The Imitation Game
Ancient Greek poet whose remaining poems are considered important pieces of literature exploring love for and between women. The terms lesbian
are both attributed to her, who was from the Greek island of Lesbos.
Now that we shared some of the icons and entertainment that we love, we'd love to hear from you! This list is not exhaustive so if you don't see one of your personal favorites here, please feel free to share with us in the comments below! And if you're interested in getting involved in our Pride initiatives, come join the Fandom Discord server to participate in our events and discussions, and follow us on Twitter @FandomWikis for highlights throughout the month!
If you or anyone you know is struggling or questioning their identity, or if you would like to learn more about LGBTQIA+ culture and history, please check out the resources below:
I'll be posting more about the LGBTQIA+ Wiki in the coming weeks, but if you are looking for a safe and inclusive space for queer folks, we would be elated to have you there! Our wonderful admin team has worked so hard over the last few months to build an informative resource that caters to both the LGBTQIA+ community and also allies looking to expand their knowledge.
In conclusion, love is not only what has brought us together, but it's what has kept us together. Love of our favorite games and entertainment. Love of our communities. Love of sharing our passions. And most importantly, love of each other, no matter anyone's background, identity, or orientation. Everything we do at Fandom is for the love of fans, and we want you to share in that love, regardless of who you love. You are not only accepted here, but celebrated.
Love is love!
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