imagine a gay character who’s entire story isn’t surrounded by him being gay
slow clap for JK Rowling
Imagine a gay character who is ACTUALLY SHOWN AS BEING GAY IN CANON AND POSSIBLY HAS ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIPS AND INTERESTS AND STUDF who’s whole character isn’t just about being gay
And a round of enthusiastic applause for Andrew Hussie
You’re all forgetting someone
I can also think of a certain local radio host…
Gee, webcomics and podcasts… almost like the only examples we can find are outside the control of major media conglomerates… what a weird coincidence!
Major media conglomerates do not appreciate or support LGBTQ characters: that is a great truth.
However Malinda Lo’s Ash and Kaisa, Rick Riordan’s Nico, Ellen Kushner’s Richard and Alec, Sarah Waters’s Maud and Susan, Scott Tracey’s Braden and Trey, Ginn Hale’s Belimai and Harper, Tamora Pierce’s Daja: there are many (though not as many as one could wish) textually gay characters who have a lot going on besides their sexuality. Most of those above even published by major media conglomerates. ;)
I see a lot of people saying ‘This thing doesn’t exist’ when what they mean is ‘this doesn’t exist in the 1% of the very most popular media I’m aware of.’
No offence meant to Harry Potter or anything else, but the MOST POPULAR piece of media is often not the place to find those characters—though y’know some of the above have managed to do preeeetty well—because media that upholds the white straight boy is seen as more promotable, because consumers unconsciously gravitate toward and feel more comfortable with the familiar, or just pick up what they see/hear about the most (i.e. the most promoted thing). It does often require a little extra effort (googling, ordering online) to find media that’s more diverse. But it’s worth the effort, I think.
Or… sure, people can continue just reading Harry Potter.