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Think I need to get off goddamn Tumblr for a while. People dislike me and mine for perfectly justified reasons but I need to stop stumbling across posts that punch me in the gut and remind me of it all the time; I do enough of it myself. Don’t send me things here; I won’t see them.
Different kinds of trust.
How when I say I want queer characters who’s story/characterization doesn’t revolve around them being queer I mean that I don’t want gross tropes, I don’t want tragic bullshit, I don’t want othering and nonsense. I was people, I want representation, I want full, fleshed out, valid characters. I want their queerness to be valid and there and not hidden but I don’t want them to be tropes.
But when I hear straight cis folks say they want queer characters who’s story/characterization doesn’t revolve around them being queer mostly what I find out they mean is that they don’t want queerness mentioned, they don’t want it on the page, they want it hidden, they want to pretend straight/cisness. They just don’t want the queer visible.
We can say the exact same thing and mean nearly the opposite.
Yeah, this. And it’s so they can say “it’s just your headcanon, not REAL canon!” when we make characters explicitly queer. They want us to remain invisible just so they can kick us again for making representation in fanworks because we can’t get it in the canon media.
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