Happy Pride Month, everybody!
"Hey, Hanako. What's your opinion on Pride Month/the LGBTQ+ Community?"
Hanako: "The only difference between me and people who are LGBTQ+ is the type of person that we want to be with for the rest of our lives. Lesbians want a wife; Bisexuals will take a wife or a husband; Pansexuals will take anything; I just want a husband. That's the only difference.
The only difference between me and trans women is that I was born in the right body; they weren't. They are still women.
We are all still human. If you cut us, we will still bleed. We just have different ideas on who we want to spend our lives with or who we want to identify as.
So please, love yourself, sweetheart! You deserve to be loved! Got it?"
Why representation is important
Okay so I know I have basically zero followers but I hope whoever comes across this post, whether they are part of the LGBTQ+ community or not, understands what I'm trying to get at here.
Years ago, when I was maybe around age 10/11, I started reading the PJO series and most of Rick's other book series, right ? So that was totally cool and I loved them VERY much, I easily became obsessed.
Then I started reading Magnus Chase and The Gods of Asgard (MCGOA) and when Alex Fierro was introduced, I was slightly confused because I was still young and didn't know the term genderfluid. I continued reading the book and as time went by I was like "Dude that's so sick, Alex Fierro is kinda like a shapeshifter !" (don't question my 10 year old brain please-) I was really interested in Alex's character, and I had the general idea of what the term genderfluid meant by then.
Now, when I started questioning my sexuality/gender about a year ago, I did my research so I could maybe try to find a specific term/label that would suit me and describe me in a way that I was comfortable with (I still haven't found one because I'm confused as fuck but that's another story lmao). So when I was doing my research I came across the term genderfluid I immediately thought "Hey, Alex Fierro is genderfluid !" and I was easily able to associate that term with a character I knew and had read about.
Personally, I think this is a great example of why representation is needed. I was young, didn't understand what genderfluid meant, but years later I was able to associate it to a character I knew, so I wasn't completely in the dark about it. If there was good representation in the media, whether it's someone who is genderluid, asexual, aromantic, demisexual, a demigirl, a demiboy, polysexual, etc, not only kids but also teenagers and adults who don't have much knowledge on these types of things will be able to understand it better.
(I'm really sorry if there are mistakes or if I said something wrong this is really rushed because I'm procrastinating about studying for my history final lol)
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