Anonymous asked:

have you ever read the gone series by michael grant? its a series of young adult books with a lot of well-written female characters, poc, a few queer characters, and an autistic character. also the storyline is rlly interesting and well-written

yes i have read them!! i’ve met the author and the gone fandom was my first real fandom on here i was actively involved in (before it died)

they are some of my favourite books and i love them dearly, but like they aren’t perfect and have their fair share of problems, namely an abusive relationship (caine/diana) is romanticized a lot, especially in the last book and pete’s autism was portrayed awfully imo (though i’m allistic so if any autistic folks wanna chime in with their thoughts feel free!)

anti-leyna

ignitesthestars:

An important thing to consider when being a straight fan of/just talking about Nico di Angelo:

Gay pain is not here for your entertainment.

The difficulties that gay teenagers go through in coming to understand their own human experience and what that means for them are not there for you to coo over.

They don’t exist so you can start piling on the issues in order to give yourself more ‘feels’.

I’m tired of this ‘break the gay’ bullshit. I’m tired of the fact that popularity of gay characters goes hand in hand with how much crap they go through, as though their worth as a character is measured in pain instead of depth.

I’m tired of posts popping up on my dash with people crying about all the terrible things that could or should happen to Nico so that Jason or Percy or some other dude can come pick him up and people can get their rocks off to the hurt/comfort dynamic of a big strong man drying the baby gay’s tears.

I’m tired of Nico’s gayness being tied to this, or him needing to be ‘saved’ from his own internalised homophobia. Gay teens need support. A knight in shining armour flying in and saying it’s Okay to be Gay is not going to solve this issue. Nico is not suddenly going to love himself and his homosexuality because he got some gentle kisses and handholding from another dude. Yes, acceptance from the people around you is of paramount importance, but suddenly being thrown into a relationship never fixed anyone’s problems.

This is a complex issue. There is an established history of the only representation gay people get being in crazy, or dead, or broken characters. Quit trying to add Nico to their number, and quit making it about your feels.

tauriel2fab4u

billyteddy:

please be logical…loki isn’t a villain…you’re not a villain if you try to destroy an entire realm…you’re not a villain if you make pacts with thanos to get an alien army…that you then use to attack earth…and kill hundreds of thousands of people…that doesn’t make you a villain…he was sad in one scene for pete’s sake…villains don’t cry….

nickimijolnir
dcwomenofcolor:

Join us in October to celebrate a whole month of your favorite WOC characters in Marvel & DC Comics and their imprints!
What's going to happen?

This October, we’re taking this chance to appreciate and celebrate the WOC characters from Marvel and DC Comics. The event format is in Single Day Themes and Five-Day Themes.
You can find the calendar for the Fest here.

WOCtober Halloween Contest

Because October is Halloween Month, we’re hosting a contest with that theme. There will be four categories: Fanart, Fanfiction, Graphics/Manips, Crafts. Each category will have a grand prize, a second prize winner and a third prize winner. Post any of your fanworks and tag it as #WOCtober Halloween Contest to count as an entry submission.
More information about the contest will be posted soon.

Most importantly!

HAVE FUN THIS MONTH! We mean it! Nothing is strictly enforced, the calendar is more of a suggested guide, and we are not going to be policing anyone or demanding you to post a certain way. You can celebrate your favorite WOC in whatever form you wish, be it fanart, fanfics, crafts, fanmixes, introduction posts, fanvids, cosplay, everything is okay!! Just bring on the love for the ladies and go wild. The tags we will be using are #WOCtober fest or #WOCtoberfest.
Do note that we strongly encourage an emphasis on canon WOC Marvel/DC characters. Fanon racebending is fine, but it should not dominate this event.

This event is run by DCWOC, MarvelWOC, Lornahs & Sirdef.

dcwomenofcolor:

Join us in October to celebrate a whole month of your favorite WOC characters in Marvel & DC Comics and their imprints!

What's going to happen?

This October, we’re taking this chance to appreciate and celebrate the WOC characters from Marvel and DC Comics. The event format is in Single Day Themes and Five-Day Themes.

You can find the calendar for the Fest here.

WOCtober Halloween Contest

Because October is Halloween Month, we’re hosting a contest with that theme. There will be four categories: Fanart, Fanfiction, Graphics/Manips, Crafts. Each category will have a grand prize, a second prize winner and a third prize winner. Post any of your fanworks and tag it as #WOCtober Halloween Contest to count as an entry submission.

More information about the contest will be posted soon.

Most importantly!

HAVE FUN THIS MONTH! We mean it! Nothing is strictly enforced, the calendar is more of a suggested guide, and we are not going to be policing anyone or demanding you to post a certain way. You can celebrate your favorite WOC in whatever form you wish, be it fanart, fanfics, crafts, fanmixes, introduction posts, fanvids, cosplay, everything is okay!! Just bring on the love for the ladies and go wild. The tags we will be using are #WOCtober fest or #WOCtoberfest.

Do note that we strongly encourage an emphasis on canon WOC Marvel/DC characters. Fanon racebending is fine, but it should not dominate this event.

This event is run by DCWOC, MarvelWOC, Lornahs & Sirdef.

ciswashed

I have a few ideas for showrunners:

stayawayfromcanniballecter:

  • A character with down syndrome who has no cognitive impairments, because not all people with down syndrome do but you wouldn’t know from the media
  • A character who does have cognitive impairments and is shown to be in a loving relationship because cognitive impairments do not stop a person from having sexual and romantic desires
  • A character with autism who is not portrayed as a victim or as a burden on their family, because autistic =/= broken
  • A character who suffers from some form of psychotic illness such as schizophrenia that is portrayed in a way that is actually realistic and is in no way a serial killer or violent criminal because most mentally ill people are never violent.
  • A character with bipolar disorder who is not cured by the power of love, but instead managed long term by a combination of medication, therapy, and their own hard work and determination
  • A character with ANY mental illness that is not cured by the power of love
  • Seriously, love is not a cure
  • Depression and anxiety not being portrayed as cute/special/quirky
  • A character with OCD who is not obsessive about cleanliness
  • A character with tourettes who has never called out obscene things in public
  • A character with a physical disability who is portrayed as a normal person, with normal needs and not some asexual angelic inspiration
  • An asexual character who is not portrayed as shy, introverted and emotionless

And last but not least:

  • Make these characters a diverse range of genders, sexualities, and of all races and ethnicity.
thegenderqueeralchemist

do-you-have-a-flag:

you know what makes me happy

seeing people headcanoning their fictional characters to have traits that make them feel better represented (in terms of race, gender, sexuality, self expression, ect) 

you know what would make me happier?

if fans didn’t need to do that so much because they were actually getting widespread representation with fun and interesting characters