Apr 27, 2013

Blog of the Month: LGBT Web Representation

This April, Mina comments on the need for more representation of LGBT in the (mainstream) media, and LGBT representation in web based medium, like comics and series!

It has always been rather  hard to find positive LGBT(etc...) characters in the media, and although things are changing, things might still be a far cry away from ideal. 
I could mention 'Glee', 'The New Normal', 'Bomb Girls', 'Chicago Fire' and 'Lost Girl' but if you really want to read about them you could always just head to relevant pop-culture websites.
So instead I'll be focusing on reviewing some free (!) LGBT or LGBT-friendly web comics. I'll be mentioning  web comics that I've read, am reading, or relate to. But I do know that there is much more queer-positive material out there, so feel free to keep these as starting points!

    This is currently my favourite web-comic out there. It is not LGBT-focused but does have      some characters and story arcs which focus around the lives of some of the characters in the comic. 
For starters Thea and Mimi! A cute lesbian couple whose story starts from the 4th panel in the image here: 
http://www.girlswithslingshots.com/comic/gws-1082/  Copyright © 2004-2013 Danielle Corsetto.
And continues and develops to the point where they're teaching Hazel (the straight protagonist of GWS) about lesbian sex; 
http://www.girlswithslingshots.com/comic/gws-1330/ Copyright © 2004-2013 Danielle Corsetto.

2. Questionable Content by Jeph Jacques
    Questionable Content is an awesome web-comic which just got a little bit more awesome, when one of the newer characters Claire, came out as trans a few months ago.
Jeph Jacques had this to say about Claire's coming out:
"I have to admit, I am nervous about posting this comic, because including a trans person in my cast is something I have wanted to do for years and I really, really want to do a good job of it. One of the major themes of QC, I think, is of inclusion, and this seemed like a pretty important thing to include. I have given it a lot of thought and done a lot of research, so hopefully I won't screw up. I'll do my best, anyway."
http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2323 Copyright © 2003 2013 J Jacques  

You can also check out the following LGBT web series, and (more queer) web comics:

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