Community

Gamer's quest for queer characters

REPRESENT ME: Alayna Cole is searching for positive LGBT game characters.
REPRESENT ME: Alayna Cole is searching for positive LGBT game characters. Contributed

REPRESENTATIONS of LGBT people in popular culture are few and far between.

Researcher Alayna Cole said accurate representations of the queer community are even rarer, which is why she's begun her quest to compile a database of games featuring LGBT characters, whether virtual or physical.

"The queer community is such a diverse community and representations of individual identities are quite few,” she said.

"Representations often use stereotypes or rely on tropes, there's very little in terms of positive, strong or realistic characters.”

As a gamer and member of the queer community herself, Ms Cole said these limited roles in which LGBT people are typically cast impacts the level of her engagement in some games.

"One big example is lesbian couples, which often aren't made for women who identify as lesbian but are targeted towards men who are attracted to women,” she said.

"It would be nice to have more representations built for us so we can identify with the characters.

"One of the reasons I started working on this was so people can find things that speak to them more.”

Ms Cole said the immersive nature of games, particularly video and computer games, mean there is an opportunity to engage with LGBT people in a way not offered by films, television shows and books.

"It's amazing to be able to interact with a game which allows us to come to terms with your own identity and realise you're allowed to be who you are,” she said.

"It's also very important for people who aren't queer to get an opportunity to experience what some things are like (an as LBGT person), for the sake of empathy.

"That interactivity in games makes it different and that is really valuable.

"We really ought to be tapping into that more.”

For more information on Ms Cole's quest, visit her Facebook page Queerly Represent Me.

Topics:  gamers games gay lesbian lgbt lgbtiq minority representation pop culture queer


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

'POOPING WATERMELONS': Boonah couple flee Cyclone Debbie

Kurt and Sofie Ann Moore on Hamilton Island

Kurt and Sofie Ann Moore take cover on Hamilton Island

Police at Swanbank landfill in search for Samuel Thompson

Missing man Samuel Thompson

Authorities converge on landfill after receiving a tip-off

EXPLAINED: Future of famed Shell Aratula fried chicken

For years Golden Fried Chicken has been a major draw card for travellers stopping at the Shell, Aratula.

Travellers will have noticed renovations at servo on Cunningham Hwy

Local Partners

Queens of the Stone Age, The xx to headline Splendour 2017

LCD Soundsystem, Vance Joy, Paul Kelly, AB Original, Bernard Fanning also playing three-day music festival at Byron in July.

MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT: Bride has regrets after break-up

Susan was having second thoughts about ending her relationship with Sean.

Sean's bride Susan was clearly having second thoughts.

‘I feel sh*t’: Agonising Married At First Sight split

Vanessa breaks down during her miserable break-up with Andy over fish and chips.

IT’S the MAFS break-up we knew would eventually happen.

Married at First Sight's controversial groom laying low

MAFS’ Anthony chooses to stay with wife Nadia at their vow renewal.

Anthony in hiding after backlash over his MAFS appearance

Seven, Nine’s crazy cyclone battle

Ruth Western ain't got time for Cyclone Debbie.

Reporters are battling fierce winds, and locals who won’t play ball.

MAFS bride shops around new love story

Nadia Stamp has put a price tag on her new man.

Nadia is shopping her $4000 new man ... and it’s not Anthony.

Amy Shark takes out top prize at Queensland Music Awards

Amy Shark won three Queensland Music Awards last night.

VIOLENT Soho, Dami Im and The Amity Affliction also honoured.

Coffee king snaps up gym

Mooloolaba Healthworks site sells for $2.1million

Luxury hotel expands $400m water park development

Developer to push on with second stage of massive new water park

Oceanside commercial opportunity in Sunshine Coast hot spot

Adjoining Kings Beach redevelopment sites "one of a kind''

Dalwood waterfall up for sale

Two people have died at Dalwood Falls, Ballina.

How would you like to own your very own waterfall?

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!