LGBTQA+

Coverage of anything and everything in the world of geek culture from an LGBTQA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Asexual) perspective.

Reproductive Justice Is a Geek Thing, Too

Participating in local geek spaces (like gaming groups and book clubs) requires a time commitment and very often it requires money. As one lone person, this can be difficult. A person with children faces even more hurdles. Will the convention be child friendly? Can I find child care during or at the convention? Can I afford childcare so I can participate in local geek groups and events? Can I afford to feed myself, my child, and still participate in...

Cis Boom Blah: Going for the Joke in Deadpool

According to weekend box-office figures, you’ve probably seen already seen Deadpool. Fox’s film about the Merc with the Mouth has made so much money that unborn children and dogs have probably seen Deadpool by this point, so a review or recommendation would be fairly academic. A review would also be superfluous because even as action movies go, it’s fairly uncomplicated, both in execution and in its marketing appeal—even if you somehow haven’t seen it, you already know whether you’d...

Author Catherine Lundoff and “Peak Queer Lycanthrope”

Catherine Lundoff is a force in genre writing and studies. Her work has found audiences at both a local and national level. She’s produced a series of articles on “deep reading” for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) audiences and characters for SF Signal in addition to her own blogs and books. She’s certainly a force for expanding the vision of what genre writing is, so I took some time to talk to her about the past and...

Grown Geeks: The Reality of Gay Geek Girls

In the previous installments of my Grown Geeks series, I’ve talked with local geeks about nonmonogamy and asexuality within the geek community. This time around, I’m taking a look at the experiences of gay- and lesbian-identified women in the community. In addition to discussing two interviewees, I will also reflect upon some of my own experiences with being a gay geek woman. Being a gay woman in any community can pose some challenges when it comes to things such...

LARP is A Chance to Be Yourself, No Matter How Fluid Your Gender May Be

Live-action role play—LARP—is just like any other kind of gaming, except that it’s completely different. You still pretend to be someone or something you’re not; you still go on wild adventures in a world not entirely like the one you’re used to; there’s still someone in charge making sure that things stay consistent and, hopefully, fair. But where other forms of gaming involve a lot of sitting around, either playing a video game or rolling dice with friends, LARP...

Grown Geeks: Asexual in the City—A Look at Asexuality in the Geek Community

Grown Geeks is a series looking at marginalized sexual and romantic identities as well as relationship structures. In my first installment, I talked about polyamory and other types of nonmonogamy. In this article, I will focus on asexuality. The asexual community frequently flies under the radar of social perception and discourse, likely because we live in a society that places an immense value on sexuality and the sexualization of people, objects, and everything in between. That said, asexual people...

How Labeling Some Costumes as “Gender Bending” Erases Trans Identities

I love gender-bending cosplays. I love seeing female Spider-Man costumes, male versions of Tomb Raider’s Lara Craft or one of the gems from Steven Universe, and any number of other creative reversals—and I think it’s necessary for people to take claim and gender-bend characters, especially since the world of comic and cartoon characters is dominated by men. Similarly, I also think it’s important for people to lay claim to race-bending characters when the industry is dominated by mostly white folks....

Grown Geeks: Nonmonogamy and Polyamory in the Minnesota Geek Community

Geeks, in general, seem to be largely accepting of alternative identities, so perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that there is a large overlap between the nonmonogamous community and the geek community (like this article on openingup.net, for instance). Recently nonmonogamous relationship structures have been gaining more discussion in mainstream discourses, and the discovery of this overlap between geek communities and nonmonogamous/poly communities is one that I find very interesting and feel compelled to learn more about. First,...

From Diversity to Community in Geekdom and Convention Spaces

I remember the first time I was invited to join friends CONvergence, the sci-fi and fantasy convention near the Twin Cities. I had barely dipped my feet into the shallow end of the geekdom waters. I had gone head over heels for Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog and Firefly. Futurama became my go-to show for laughs and comfort. However, when I was invited to attend CONergence with friends, my immediate instinct was to say no (I didn’t, but more on that...

Let the Bards Sing Her Accolades: A Review of Rat Queens Braga Special #1

Transgender representation in visual media is on the rise. Janet Mock and Laverne Cox both had a substantial media presence during 2014: the former debuting her online talk show So POPular in December, and the latter finishing a successful and highly visible run on the Netflix smash Orange is the New Black. Dragon Age: Inquisition featured popular secondary character Cremissius Aclassi, a trans man serving as a mercenary in the Bull’s Chargers, and offered players the option of adding...
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