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LGBTQ characters that are confirmed are more and more common. More so than that, they treat their orientation in a matter of fact way, like its normal.

Shows like Kipo and The Owl House don't shy away from their queer characters but also don't rely on their orientation as a crutch for tropes or jokes like so many shows have done in the past.

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For we're celebrating :flagProgress: and this week, it's characters.

The original intent was to highlight some iconic LGBTQ characters but time got away from me. So instead, I thought we could look at the types of characters instead: confirmed, coded, and ambiguous.

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Next week for :flagProgress: , the theme will be films, but after that, it's characters!

So if there's a character (or characters) that YOU like or think deserves to be included, reply and let me know!

Please boost for awareness :boost_ok:

The good news is that the film was picked up by Netflix and will finally be released next year. Will it mark the next step towards greater and better LGBTQ representation in animated films? Many hope it will.

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For we're celebrating :flagProgress: and this week, it's .

has had a bit of a troubled history but the future looks bright. Once in development at Blue Sky an originally scheduled for release this year, production was halted and then canned entirely when Disney purchased the studios parent, FOX. A particularly disheartening development because the film, based on ND Stevenson's comic, features prominant LGTQ themes and characters.

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For we're celebrating :flagProgress: and this week, it's .

It took almost ten years after yesterday's film, ParaNorman, but The Mitchells vs. The Machines was the first animated film to feature an LGBTQ character as the lead. What sets the film apart though, is that Katie's weirdness is sensitively shown as stemming from something other than her queerness; a realistic subversion of how such characters are normally portrayed.

For we're celebrating :flagProgress: and this week, it's .

Films have a LOT less LGBTQ characters for a number of reasons, so they tend to be rare.

ParaNorman was the first to feature an LGBTQ character AND make that clear in the film when Mitch refers to his boyfriend. It doesn't seem like much now, but considering the film came out in 2012, it was an important first that spawned more.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ParaNorm

For we're celebrating :flagProgress: and to round out the week, ASIFA-East is holding their annual screening of queer animation on Thursday June 23th 2022, 7-10 PM in New York City: asifaeast.com/celebrate-pride-

and a day late for the toot:

Round-Up Pride Post
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A casual observation as an admin allows me to see that experience's on the fediverse are HEAVILY dependent on what you put into it.

If you put nothing in, you will get nothing out. If you put even something in, you will get something out. If you put a lot in, you will get a lot out.

Encouraging engagement should be a priority of every

For we're celebrating :flagProgress: and this week, it's shows.

Some honourable mentions to round out the week!

Adventure Time
Besides Marceline and Princess Bubblegum, BMO is a notable agender and aromantic character.

MLP:FiM
An example of progressive representation, numerous LGBTQ characters were added or revealed during the series' run.

Avatar: Legend of Korra
Many oblique references during the series but it set the stage for others like The Loud House.

In more recent years, LGBT themes in anime have become more realistic and reflective of LGBT people. One example is Wandering Sun, based on the manga by Takako Shimura, which was one of the first anime series to depict transgender people in a respectful and sensitive light.

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Nonetheless, some anime had scenes cut and dubs altered to remove any references to LGBT characters and relationships; including Sailor Moon's infamous 'cousins'. Other shows weren't so lucky and found themselves beyond licensing due to their themes. Ramna 1/2 was too hot to touch for any western market due to concerns over parental reaction to Ranma's gender-switching abilities.

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For we're celebrating :flagProgress: and this week, it's shows.

As we get ready to move to films, it would be remiss to not mention .

Anime has a long history of featuring LGBT characters albeit in a particularly Japanese way that is not directly comparable to Western methods. The former reflects Japanese notions of gender and sexuality while the latter espouses a direct relationship between representation and societal progress.

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Next week for :flagProgress: , the theme will be films, but after that, it's characters!

So if there's a character (or characters) that YOU like or think deserves to be included, reply and let me know!

Please boost for awareness :boost_ok:

SheZow is included because it demonstrated the continuing ignorance and adversity that LGBT people must face, even in instances where it is completely unwarranted.

If anything, it highlighted the social stigma that something as simple as clothing and appearance can burden someone with.

The show was not renewed for a second season for unrelated reasons due to the Hub's change in ownership. (2/2)
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For we're celebrating :flagProgress: and this week, it's shows.

Amusingly, SheZow show is not explicitly LGBT-themed. However, the premise of a boy turning into a feminine superhero [unsurprisingly] generated a lot of controversy amongst certain groups who decried a nefarious, trans agenda on the part of the creator and network and brought out a host of well-trodden reasons why the show deserved to be banned (1/2)

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