I was looking at my University town's tourism website and there was a photograph of a museum with two couples holding hands and looking at exhibits. One of the couples was a man and a woman. The other couple was two men.
The little, everyday things like this make me smile. We are getting there, not only to equality, but to an end to heteronormativity.
What are the little things that make you feel good about gaining an equal foothold? (I'm not just talking about the Queer Community, equality for any community that has been repressed, restricted, persecuted or stereotyped, is worth celebrating.)
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I do like the very casual normalization of queer folks (or other marginalized groups, as you point out) in media or other parts of my life.
If you haven't heard of it and will allow me a moment of fandom geeking out, my favorite example of this right now is the Welcome to Night Vale podcast. It's in the form of a community radio show in a small town where all sorts of bizarre conspiracies are real, sentient clouds join the school board, wheat and wheat by-products turn into serpents, etc. There's a lot of dark humor and creepy content, but there's also a very gradual build up to a romance between two male characters. And honestly that queer romance is probably the most normal thing about the show and the town. The writers have done a really good job of building this relationship up as time's gone on; it's not sensationalized at all.
The town of Night Vale is also purposely racially diverse and I think the writers have even responded to some fans' cluelessness about cues from names and such by including some more obvious cues in the scripts. It's great to listen to from a storytelling perspective, for sure, but also in that it presents a pretty great set of characters without a lot of self-horn-tooting about it. =)
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