Stories have helped me get through some really awful times. They’ve helped me feel not quite so alone. They’ve given me hope when it seemed like there was none. They’ve let me dream of better places, better worlds.
I don’t think there’s been a single lightning strike moment of change, a revelation that a game, or a book has brought about, but they’ve certainly shaped who I am.
Queer stories are important. Queer characters in books, on television, in games, that’s all important.
I can, fairly easily, find books with queer protagonists in my genres of choice. (Sci-fi and Fantasy). It’s a little trickier with games, there’s far less games than books, but there’s a number of them now.
Movies though, forget about protagonist, you’re lucky if there’s even acknowledgement that anyone but cis-straight people exist. (At least in the mainstream, there are some indie movies.) TV Shows? We’re fed scraps of subtext most of the time, forced to read between the lines.
So I’d say both books and games are light-years ahead of the rest of the entertainment industry.
Ugh I hate that.
I wanted to say something about how it’s important for the tools to be available so that queer people can tell their own stories.