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“Folks who aren’t too bothered by this aspect of the plot often point out that since the Fallout version of the future is heavily influenced by the 1950s aesthetic, the presence of LGBTQIA+ people just wouldn’t fit in. I’ve even seen someone write that there weren’t any LGBTQIA+ folks back then (!?!?!?), as opposed to that population having to pretend to be straight and cis so they wouldn’t get targeted. Some simply posit that it wouldn’t mesh with the morals of the 1950s, which the Fallout pre-apocalypse world mostly held on to. However, it turns out that there’s a lesbian couple right there in the trailer. They’re holding each other lovingly on their front lawn where all of their neighbors can see. So even that’s not a worthy excuse, since apparently everyone’s cool with it.”
“Unfortunately, there are very few games that support a canonically trans protagonist (and no mainstream RPGs at all), despite how maddeningly easy it would be to give trans players the chance to validate their own gender. Just give me the option to say “Me too!” to Krem, Bioware! (Or even just an option that’s not horribly transphobic and ignorant. Please.) But the fact that some games have trans-friendly character creation goes a long way.
I don’t need sweeping plotlines about my OC’s gender—I’m happy with just some basic representation. A game that doesn’t assume my character fits neatly into the gender binary, a character creation screen that gives me the option not to buy into that. If I want to conform to the gender binary, let it be on my own terms. I realize it’d take some jiggery pokery to get that all to work on a technical level, and narrow-minded cis gamers would definitely be up in arms over the whole thing. But they already are every time even the possibility is mentioned, so I assume they’d get over themselves eventually.”