Geeky Gay Pride 2017


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Diversity is important. It doesn’t matter if we are talking about diversity in choice, characters, or even sexual orientation, it is vital for everyone.

This month is Gay Pride so we here at Coins of McGuffin thought we would celebrate with some amazing and influential LGBTQ+ characters from some of your favourite fandoms.

Now while there may be millions of slash & fan fic out there putting characters together, we have only listed those which are CANNON (either by the writers, actors or show confirming). So unfortunately, you will not see Sherlock and the like make the list…yet!

 

 

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Korra / Assami – Avatar: The Legend of Korra

Bisexual- Likes both guys and girls

When Korra and Assami first met they were chasing after the same guy…by the end of the series the two are seen walking off, hand in hand, into the spirit world. Fans were shipping these two for 3 seasons due to all the subtle hints and subtext. But with that final scene and the creators confirming their relationship, a big gay cheer went up in the geek and LGBTQ community. And would you look at that Executives! It didn’t diminish the characters, it didn’t cause an apocalypse, and they were still kick ass women on their own! So really there is no excuse not to show in future shows!

 

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Captain Jack Harkness – Doctor Who / Torchwood

Pansexual- Is attracted to all genders and sexual identities

Guys and girls (and aliens) LOVE Jack. He is the lovable rouge with a smile to die for, and the fact his very first introduction of him liking guys and girls was treated as normal was a big deal. It also doesn’t hurt that he seems to have an insatiable libido and nobody is off limits (remember that time he was flirting with the androids). Jack’s ultimate love (which unfortunately is unrequited) is The Doctor but that doesn’t mean he can’t keep falling in love all over time and space.

 

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Willow / Tara – Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Lesbian- Likes women

These two are very important in geeky and LGBTQ history as their story was the first to develop gradually and naturally over the course of the series into a full on lesbian relationship. There was no shock factor or ratings grab, it was two characters discovering that they did indeed prefer women.  This goes to show the clever writing of Joss Whedon. What is sad is that it was only at season 6 that they shared their first on screen kiss…and that was the episode Buffy’s mother died! I guess if you are going to do an emotionally draining episode, why not do the kiss? It’s not like they can be any more shocked.

 

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Princess Bubblegum / Marcelene- Adventure Time

Bisexual- Likes both guys and girls

It was hinted at with various episodes that PB & Marc had a past relationship, in fact it to call it a hint is the same as calling a blunt forced trauma to the head a ‘little booboo’. But it wasn’t till the episode “The Sky Witch” where we saw just how important they were to each other that fans were screaming at the screens to just kiss already. The voice actress for Marceline did confirm that they use to date but also said in a deleted tweet that she likes to make things up at panels as the fans take things way too seriously. It is heavily speculated that the real reason the show hasn’t just come out and said these two were former lovers is because it is aired in places where Homosexuality is still not legal and as such don’t want to be pulled off the airways in those places. It may not be the outcome fans wanted but it’s a small step that hopefully will pave the way in the future for more open LGBTQ content.

 

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Gobber- How To Train Your Dragon

Gay- Likes men

Gobber is the comic relief in the How To Train Your Dragon franchise. He is extremely knowledgeable, quick witted, and very wise. He also happens to be gay.

This was confirmed by one line in the second movie “See this is why I never married…That and one other thing”. Some of the “Concerned mothers” lost their minds and yelled THINK OF THE CHILDREN. But it lead to nothing except an awesome gay Viking riding a dragon! I don’t think you can get any better than that!

 

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Rick Sanchez- Rick and Morty

Pansexual- Is attracted to all genders and sexual identities

Perhaps not the greatest role model, there is still no denying how awesome Rick can be. He may be a bitter old man, universal genius and heavy drinker but ultimately he is a good guy and (usually) does the right thing even if Morty needs to give him a little push. It turns out he is also Pansexual. In the episode “Auto Erotic Assimilation”, we see one of Rick’s old flames who happens to be a hive mind and can posses anybody (and anything) on the planet and the two are seen having copious amounts of sex. With the cliff hanger of season 2, it will be interesting to see where this character goes next.

 

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Todd Chavez- Bojack Horseman

Asexual-Is not attracted (or has very little attraction) to any sexual identity

If you have never seen the amazing show that is Bojack Horseman, go and watch it now on Netflix. Why this show is amazing deserves a blog on it’s on but one of the main characters is the lovable freeloading Todd. In a stunning conclusion in season 3 we discover (as well as Todd) that he might be Asexual. He clearly isn’t even sure of the term but a collective sound of people’s jaws dropping could be heard when this was revealed. It is fantastic to see a character, a MAIN CHARACTER, come out as someone not sure and discovering their sexuality…and to have that discovery be something which most people don’t even know about was a brilliant stroke on the writers side. The wait for season 4 is going to be a long one!

 

 

We have left off a lot of other LGBT+ characters which are an integral part of our geeky community. Let us know your favourite LGBTQ+ character for your favorite fandom!

 

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