Sign up to get the best in sci-fi and fantasy sent straight to your inbox! The lesson I learned with my sexuality was to be proud of all of my identity, and geekiness is a big part of it. That death was an example of ' Burying Your Gays ,' a trope seen in both genre and mainstream TV in which a queer character is killed off—usually to further the story of a white, cis, straight character. Even from partners, I would hide my Avengers comic books under the bed like some tawdry secret. Inquisition's Krem Photo Credit: Geeks are finally being allowed to live out loud and proud. I Believe Jussie Smollett.
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Gay Geeks, Assemble! Why Coming Out Geek Matters in the LGBT Community
We as a community need to celebrate all our identities and make everyone feel welcome. I asked Maggs to share some of her favorite representations of queerness in sci-fi, and she provided quite the list. I had to wait until my 20s before I could allow myself to read comic books in public, or wear a Green Lantern costume to a convention, or even stand in line for a Harry Potter midnight movie release. Inquisition's Krem Photo Credit: Marvel and DC have turned my favorite comic-book heroes into blockbuster movies and television. As sci-fi, comic books, and other genres become more popular, queer people can show they have more interests than fashion and celebrities.
Do science fiction and fantasy tropes still subtly present LGBTQ characters as strange and alien instead of including them as part of the normal spectrum of human experience? My heart has also always belonged to science fiction and fantasy, genres that usually feature expansive worlds and diverse characters. Sign up to get the best in sci-fi and fantasy sent straight to your inbox! Several gay men, like me, come out only to leave their geek side stuck in the closet. That death was an example of ' Burying Your Gays ,' a trope seen in both genre and mainstream TV in which a queer character is killed off—usually to further the story of a white, cis, straight character. One might think that sci-fi and fantasy creators would use that expansiveness as an opportunity to positively represent all sexualities and genders. Not that the trope would be acceptable either way.