Paizo Wishes Everyone a Happy Pride Month!

Thursday, June 27, 2019

We want to wish all of our community a happy Pride month! As many of you know, during the month of June people across the world celebrate people in the LGBTQIA+ community being out and proud. The gaming community is full of wonderful queer folk who came to the hobby to find community with those that share their geeky interests and explore various identities through their characters and other characters who populate the worlds in which they play.

We here at Paizo strongly feel that gaming is for everyone, and staff and contributors have always worked hard to include a diverse cast of characters in our works to represent the reality of the gaming community. For this blog, I asked our staff and contributors to share some of their experiences being nerdy and queer, and we’re happy to share these voices and points of view from some of our community in their own words. Read along and happy Pride Month to everyone!


Judy Bauer, Managing Editor

Roleplaying games gave me a chance to try on different identities when I was first figuring out my sexuality, and have provided me with a network of friends who have supported me as I came out and lived out as a lesbian. In fact, they’re how I met my amazing wife!

In my time at Paizo working on the Pathfinder and Starfinder RPGs, I’ve been so excited to see interesting and complex queer characters and deities multiply in our setting and broaden the range and depth of representation. It’s hard to pick favorites, but I have a particular soft spot for Kanya from Pathfinder Adventure Path #63, who…

[SPOILER TAG - click to reveal]...uses a zone of truth to interrogate her feelings for others. Wow, would that have been useful back when—for a lot of us, I bet!

James L. Sutter, Contributor

Former Paizo Creative Director and frequent contributor James L. Sutter is bisexual and responsible for a wide variety of queer elements in Pathfinder and Starfinder, such as the gay romance of the Iridian Fold (best showcased in the novel The Redemption Engine and the web fiction story “Boar and Rabbit”) and star-crossed ex-wives Nib and Taeress in Starfinder’s Dawn of Flame Adventure Path. You can follow all his exploits on Twitter at @jameslsutter.

Tork Shaw, Contributor

I am a gay game designer from Scotland. I was introduced to Pathfinder in my early 20s, and I’ve contributed to multiple RPG products as well as working as a designer on the Pathfinder Online MMO. For me the most powerful and impactful way Paizo supports the LGBQTIA+ community is in the casual and normalized inclusion of such characters in their products. It is a refreshing change from almost every other type of media, especially games media. These characters are simply living their lives in Golarion. They have hopes and fears and dreams and partners and jobs and debts and faiths and feats and classes and memorized spells, and their gender identity and sexuality are secondary to all of that. They are complex individuals, not tropes or tokens, existing in Golarion the same way LGBQTIA+ people do in the real world. They belong, and this helps remind me that I belong too; both in Golarion, and here on Earth.

Alexander Augunas, Contributor

Talking about being asexual is challenging for me; I’ve identified publicly as asexual/heteroromantic for about a year, privately for about two years before that, and have been questioning on and off since eighth grade. While I’m normally quite talkative, I spent well over half my life not having words to describe myself. If you had told me five years ago that I’d be writing a piece on being queer on Paizo’s community blog, I’d have called you a liar. The notion of being asexual was never really an option for me—I had a couple girlfriends, and while I never felt a drive to be in a relationship, I knew I could feel romantic attachment towards women. You see, I didn’t learn that sexual attraction and romantic attraction were different things until about three years ago, and once I did, I had my answer for who I was. Its why I think it’s so important to get good representation in everything from television shows to roleplaying games—the more places where ideas regarding diverse identities exist, the more likely it is that people who are questioning will discover words that make their personal identities feel valid. Otherwise questioning people are left feeling broken or worthless when nothing could be more wrong.

I think that Paizo’s work in giving voice to diverse people is so important because tabletop RPGs are often a place where questioning people can build characters that help them understand themselves. I don’t have a single queer friend who didn’t “playtest” a queer character before they came out IRL. For me, it was kitsune. Every one of my developers seems to know all about how much I enjoy playing and writing Pathfinder kitsune, but I don’t think many of them know why. For me, the kitsune ancestry is the perfect analog of being asexual. Here you are, this glorious, fantastic person living in a world where life is so much easier when you’re a socially accepted human. But you have an “ace” up your sleeves—it’s easy for you to pretend to be one of them, so you do it. Sure, people sometimes ask awkward questions, but you go through the motions and give generic answers. “I’m focusing on my career,” “I haven’t found the right person,” “I guess I’m in a dry spell.” You play off expectations, and they’re happy to assume you’re one of them. But keeping the secret from your party in a cooperative game is tough. Really, really tough. Eventually you tell them or they find out, and it becomes the party secret. It helps you realize that if you surround yourself with friends and family who love and respect you, they’ll love and respect you in both your forms. Human and kitsune, heterosexual-passing and ace. I don’t know if I would have had that without Pathfinder.

Aaron Shanks, Public Relations Manager

I started gaming when I was about ten, but my current gaming group has been going on for decades. It includes my first boyfriend, my sister, and a group of mostly gay men who are now my core friendship circle. We play weekly and have special weekend games too. We even played on a gay softball team together for years. They are friends who have become like family to me.

Lyz Liddell, Senior Editor

I’ve been a proponent of inclusivity in games for decades. For years I’ve been able to cite a whole list of queer characters in the Pathfinder canon, and I could explain why that representation was important. But when I started the Hell’s Rebels Adventure Path with my home group, I ran into the art and description for a fairly minor NPC: Zachrin Vhast—and something about it *clicked* with me in a way that I’d never seen before. It was a major step forward in a long, confusing process of figuring out my own nonbinary gender identity, and I went from understanding why representation is important to really *understanding* why it’s important—and that’s only made me more passionate about doing so.


Lu Pellazar, Editor

I’ve been openly pansexual for as long as I can remember, but for decades I kept my gender identity under wraps. It wasn’t until recently, when I started working at Paizo, that I finally felt comfortable enough to start being open about being non-binary. This company and the gaming community has so many wonderful and creative queer folks like me, and it’s been the biggest relief to finally have the support that I have needed since I was a kid in order to embrace my identity, and as an editor and writer for Pathfinder and Starfinder, I’ve made it my mission to foster inclusion, both in gender identity and sexuality. HAPPY PRIDE!!

David N. Ross, Contributor

As a kid who felt the need to hide any sign of my interests, roleplaying was a useful excuse to open up. Before I started freelancing, seeing gay characters get some representation helped me feel more comfortable in geek spaces where I spend a fair bit of time. That made it delightful when I got the chance to channel bits of the gay bars I've loved into the Wicked Fork in Inner Sea Taverns. Both sharing secrets and using unexpected connections feel like natural extensions of gay life to me (especially before coming out), and influenced my contributions to Ultimate Intrigue, Spymaster’s Handbook, Inner Sea Intrigue, and other books that focus on skills and problem-solving. Recently, my contributions to Starfinder and especially augmentations have been fueled both by my partner (he was a fan first) and by transhumanism in the queer community.

James Case, Editor

As a gay gamer, I’ve always accepted that characters in sci-fi/fantasy are straight by default (after all, "farmboy swings in to rescue damsel" is a persistent trope of the genre), and while I’ve never been made to feel unwelcome in the fandom, it can be a little frustrating to have games and narratives constantly assume that all their players share the same viewpoint. Working at Paizo, I’m proud of the ways that we’ve tried to empower players to play whatever character appeals to them and add NPCs and background characters of various identities, often for no reason than just to have them exist in the story. I’m especially proud to work with my fellow editors, who’ve helped me find some of my own blind spots in my writing and who are always looking for ways our language can be more inclusive and welcoming to gamers of all strides. Happy Pride, everyone! PS, be on the lookout for an upcoming art piece that puts a hilarious LGBTQ+ spin on “swinging in to rescue the damsel.”

Dave Nelson, Contributor

Hello, everyone. My name is Dave Nelson and I am a bisexual author who has contributed to some upcoming Paizo products. Bi men are not a group that tends to get a lot of spotlight in pop culture and games, so it has sometimes been a struggle finding myself represented by characters. This is part of what drew me to roleplaying games in the first place; the ability to take on an identity in a zone free of judgement or constraints. The genre allowed me to work out a lot of questions I had about myself and Golarion was the first fantasy world I encountered where I felt someone like me would not be out of place. It is my sincere pleasure to contribute to this world and add as much honest representation that I can.

Vanessa Hoskins, Contributor

Gaming has always been an outlet for me: a creative outlet, an outlet for stress, a way to blow off aggression. But a couple of years ago it became about something more. It became about self-reflection and self-discovery. I had the opportunity to write an adventure, Pathfinder Society Scenario #8–99: The Solstice Scar, that featured a transgender woman as the heroine. In researching transgender people I found that their feelings matched my feelings. It wasn't long before I accepted that I was a transgender woman, and shortly after that I began my transition in earnest. Through roleplaying we can explore aspects of ourselves, learn about ourselves, and improve ourselves. It can be a guide along the path to find one’s self. For my full story of self-discovery and transition, see my blog post, Know Thyself.

James Jacobs, Creative Director

Our world is scary, and that makes RPGs so important to me. Games like Pathfinder and Starfinder let me relax, escape reality, and enjoy crafting stories with friends. But they also do something even more important: they let me explore myself via my characters, be they NPCs like Sandpoint’s Ameiko, iconic PCs like Merisiel or Zova, or my own PCs like Shensen the rebellious diva or Zeru Zinzi the graffiti artist. It took me a while to notice there was more of me in my characters than I thought, and that helped me realize I was bisexual—the one thing all my characters have shared throughout various games, regardless of ancestry or gender or anything else. My own difficulty with groups and social gatherings in the real world would have made this sort of self-discovery a much slower (or even impossible) process without them. So, thanks to all the Ameikos and Merisiels and Zovas and Shensens and Zerus in my life, and even more thanks to the real-world friends I’ve been so fortunate to meet along the way as fellow players and GMs. You’re all so much more amazing and brave than the heroes in any game we play!

Kendra Leigh Speedling, Contributor

My name is Kendra Leigh Speedling and I’ve been a Paizo freelancer for a couple years now! I’ve written two Pathfinder Society quests, some sections for Player Companions, and an Adventure Path bestiary monster, as well as some 3PP work. I’m bisexual as well as demisexual, though I usually use queer as a shorthand. Realizing I’m bi took a while for me; sometimes I still wonder if I actually “count” enough since I’m happily monogamous in a relationship people tend to perceive from the outside as straight. (Being demisexual complicated matters since the number of people I’ve been attracted to is fairly small.)

I always enjoy finding LGBTQ characters in RPG material; this might sound a bit hokey, but it really does make me feel included (especially if they have an identity that isn’t exclusively gay/lesbian—though that representation is also important!). I feel like more and more have been appearing lately, which is awesome. I want people to be able to get that experience from the things I write, too, so it definitely informs my own work. That inclusivity is one of my favorite things about Pathfinder and Starfinder, and I’m glad to be a part of it!

Jaym Gates, Contributor

I figured out that I was queer when I was 19, rather abruptly. I’ve been on a journey ever since, a journey I am just beginning to realize is far from over. As the U.S. loses so many of its protections for queer folks, that journey is just becoming more important.

But the wonderful counterpoint to the struggle and grief on the national scale is the incredible opening of the gaming community, fraught and tempestuous though it is. People are starting to realize that the queer community is pretty nerdy, and game companies are beginning to include so much content and hire queer people in a way we’ve never been included before, and it is marvelous.

At Paizo, I’ve had the opportunity to write and check some of the guidelines for the respectful inclusion and portrayal of marginalized characters and NPCs. This is an issue that has become increasingly important to me recently, as the backlash for companies explicitly welcoming queer people into their spaces has become vocal and relentless.

And every time I see a clearly queer character in gaming, or see a rule about respect and openness, it’s like another hand reaching out and inviting me into this space where stories are everything, and where bravery and honor change the world in big ways.

Gabrielle Harbowy, Contributor

Hi, I'm Gabrielle Harbowy. I wrote the Pathfinder Tales novel Gears of Faith (and its short story, "Inheritance"), and the PFS scenario Grotto of the Deluged God (#9-22). I am an out bisexual, polyamorous person, and I loved being able to represent a loving, long-term female couple in my official Pathfinder fiction. Without the supportive and encouraging network at Paizo, my characters Keren and Zae, and their ferocious dog Appleslayer wouldn't exist, and wouldn't have touched the hearts of LGBTQ and allies worldwide. I'm proud to have had a chance to help normalize queer, nonbinary, and trans characters in Golarion, and in fantasy fiction. Representation is so important, and I love that Paizo celebrates it.

Adam Daigle
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HUZZAH!

Grand Lodge

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Thank you Paizo for holding up the torch and being a point of light in the world.

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*casts colour spray followed by glitterdust*


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Okay, so on one hand- being serious, this is a really, really big thing for us. I think a lot of folks around the Facebook groups or forums know about Dice Will Roll, our super queer-inclusive Kingmaker podcast, and how passionate we are about bringing LGBT stuff to Actual Play. Sometimes, it's really hard. I can't tell you the amount of times we deal with "I'd watch it if it wasn't gay" comes up, or "Why do you have to put it in our faces" just for mentioning it's a queer podcast with LGBT characters or creators. Sometimes, we even think about listening, about conforming and pretending we're something we're not just to fit in with whatever's mainstream. But seeing this- seeing each and every name, one by one, these people I /know/ that I recognize, some of whom I literally idolize... one by one, seeing that they're like us, that we're not alone? It's extremely moving, and... I dunno, it gives me hope. It makes me remember "hey, you're not the only ones going through this!" Thank you all. You make gamers like us feel safe, and I mean that genuinely.

Being less serious now, "James Jacobs is too funny to be straight" was my first reaction to seeing him on Pathfinder Friday a few months back and honestly? Vindication

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All of you are awesome and awesomely talented :)

Sovereign Court

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Thank you all for having the courage to make so many people feel like they aren't alone!


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Thanks for being there for us, thanks for your courage and example.


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I really like how Paizo makes sure to include various types of people in their works and simultaneously doesn't go "Being LGBT is the extent of their personality!" or whatever. I gotta say that I had my mind blown to bits when James Jacobs said on a Pathfinder Friday that Kyra was lesbian or that in Planar Adventures it says that Desna, Shelyn, and Sarenrae are in an on-again-off-again polyamorous relationship (might be misinterpreting that, though) and the fact that I didn't know that for so long made me appreciate this company so much more. (A guy in my gaming group responded teasingly to that with [paraphrasing] "It's almost like people of other sexualities are just like every other person on the street.")

While I am straight as straight can be, I belong to a different kind of minority (high-functioning autism, specifically) and seeing such diversity in Golarion just warms my heart so much.

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Thanks for being so supportive to us all, everyone!

And thank you to Adam for bringing us all together with this blog <3.


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You're the best!

Paizo Employee PR Manager

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Thanks Adam!

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Yes!


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Hi there!

I'm Damien, and I got so busy I forgot to write my blurb for the article, so I'm writing it here for posterity!

I've been working with Paizo since all the way back in 2009 as a freelance artist. Right now, I am working with them as the principal Starfinder cartographer and poster map artist for Pathfinder (along with some of the usual fun we've had for 10 years).

In the 10 years of working with Paizo I've always admired and cherished the inclusive way that they added in characters and iconics in the LGBT spectrum, and it means a lot, being a gay man myself!

I am always humbled and honored to be working with such a great team of people, the best in the industry, and knowing they have open arms for people like me makes it all the better.

Here's to another 10 years, thank you Paizo!

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It’s a pleasure and a privilege to know so many of you! I’m glad all y’all’re here, and that you can see yourselves in the games we make!

I’m running Wrath of the Righteous, and I’ll always remember when the players realized a number of NPCs were queer, and how happy they were to see people like themselves already in the game world.

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It's wonderful to see the representation here and to get a look at how the diversity behind the scenes has helped to shape these games and the industry at large.

It's also nice to get a reminder of how significantly an inclusive environment helps both RPG culture and society as a whole. I appreciate this blog entry very much.

Liberty's Edge

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Happy pride to all!

Also Keren and Zae and Appleslayer are the best and I will fight you.


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Oh wow! That's a really wholesome blog! :D
I love you all!
I'm so happy. :3
Great diversity shown, and in good quantity!

There's a reason Paizo is my favorite company around.

Grand Lodge

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Love, pride, love, and inclusivity!

We all can SLAY dragons together!

Paizo Employee Managing Developer

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I want to thank everyone who contributed to this article, and the many more that I spoke with who qualified and chose not to contribute. I appreciate all of you.

We as a culture have come a long way in recent decades, but we're not there yet if some amazing people have concerns about adding their voice to something that shouldn't even be an issue.


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Long have I appreciated the GLBTQ representation and support in Pathfinder. It was clear all the way back with Burnt Offerings' retired paladin Jasper and his boyfriend Cyrdak the theater manager. My friend and DM was so excited and pointed it out to me. I was so glad to see it. Representation matters. Thank you.

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<3

Dark Archive

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Thank you all for sharing this amazing article, for showing that everyone has support in this great community.

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Oh! And I want to also give a shout out to Rai who made this blog post look rad and colorful!

Grand Lodge Contributor

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A huge thanks to Adam Daigle and also Paizo.
Thank you for this post.
Thank you for making representation a priority in your company and in your products.
Thank you for setting a good example.

Thank you.

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Very cool. Thank you for sharing!

Liberty's Edge

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Inclusiveness and representation have been two of the big things keeping me firmly attached to Paizo and its people, and I thank all of you for sharing your experiences!

A lot of my own personal realizations have come about from gaming and the characters I've made/people I've interacted with, and I'm really comforted seeing that I'm not alone in that. Our 'finder games are always a safe space for my group to explore aspects of themselves that they might not be comfortable exploring in society at large through their characters and interactions with the world (I'm sure that's true of a lot of people's games here). I think a lot of that came about because of the welcoming attitude that I saw expressed through the Paizonians.

Longwindedness aside, thankyou all and Happy Pride to everyone!


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Paizo is one of the few companies, in any industry, that I think truly believes in pride, rather than just using it as marketing. Your inclusiveness, both in the product and in your employees, is fantastic, and seeing the range of people who are welcomed to the hobby by Paizo and the community that has grown around it is beautiful.


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HUZZAH!

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Since the forums don't just let you "like" the original blog post.


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What a wonderful collection of stories. Thanks Adam for putting it together and thank you Paizo for helping us push our games to be more inclusive and open to everyone.

Sovereign Court

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Thank you so much for this! I already considered Pathfinder and Starfinder as quite inclusive compared to many P&P, seeing different genders and sexualities represented and especially also normalised in a game that I love a lot. But reading that this was intentional and driven by the wish to help people and include people and make people happy... just made me tear up a little in joy. So, again, thank you for sharing your stories, thank you for caring, and thank you for making Pathfinder and Starfinder the best world settings (and also gaming systems, but who is biased?) of all!


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Keep up the great work. I’m proud of you all.

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W00t! How things have changed in the good parts of society since I started DnD in the 70s......

Love for all, whomever you are - Arohanui

For those in a tough place - kia kaha - stay strong


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Thank you all for your stories, and thank you Paizo for championing inclusivity!

Silver Crusade

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This post made me cry. It is a very beautiful post. Thank you so much for sharing your own experiences and being inclusive.

Sometimes the table top community is wonderful and sometimes it is full of micro-aggressions or outright hostility. It means a lot to a lot of people that there is a company who would so consistently release inclusive materials.


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This is such an uplifting blog, as are the various comments too.

Kudos to Paizo and everyone! :)


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The only question I'd have is 'Why only a month?'.

The hope being that one could do one's level-best to remain aware and understanding year-round of the diversity that strengthens us.

Be safe, be careful, have fun in the year ahead and grow.

:>

Grand Lodge

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There's so much performative corporate Pride content out there; makes it refreshing to see a piece like this that comes from the heart and truly displays the inclusiveness and diversity of the rainbow.

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Thanks for this, folks! Really great to read everyone's experiences.

As a queer woman who's been gaming forever, I think Paizo's space was one of the first where I felt like not just the community but the developer was actively and intentionally devoted to create space and visibility for LGBTQI+ characters, players, and designers. It is a huge reason why I've stuck around particularly with this community, and come back after breaks time and again, and why I felt good applying to Paizo for freelance editing work a few years back. Thanks, Paizo, and happy Pride to you!


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Oh my gods, this is so wonderful, Paizo is so wonderful! I love this team of people because they accept you no matter your gender identity or sexuality and they show it in their products!

I'm running WotR and I never stop being delighted by the sheer diversity represented by the npcs and the passion and vitality they've been brought to life with. Representation is vital, and now that I'm introducing new groups to Pathfinder I can see how much every week on the faces of my players. As a pansexual woman I feel like PF and Paizo gave me a big boost of confidence while coming out, and still do everyday. I wouldn't play any other game!

Thank you for this heart-warming blog, and never stop taking pride in your own shining, crazy, beautiful uniqueness!


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If I might also point out the Order of the Amber Die. I was privileged to attend marathon 5 of the Azlant Odyssey (Ruins of Azlant) with them. It occurred to me that more than half of the table identified LGBTQ. There was open communication about PRIDE events coming up in June at one point. Everyone was positive, friendly, and it was just normal friends talking. I expressed to Adam the value of being able to be a part of something without feeling separate or singled out, even if you were accepted. It was an extremely positive experience with an extremely wonderful group of people while playing a game we all love! Again, special thanks to them!


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Roswynn wrote:

Oh my gods, this is so wonderful, Paizo is so wonderful! I love this team of people because they accept you no matter your gender identity or sexuality and they show it in their products!

I'm running WotR and I never stop being delighted by the sheer diversity represented by the npcs and the passion and vitality they've been brought to life with.

Anevia and Irabeth <3 Oh, the NPCs on that campaign are amazing

Paizo really makes a character for everyone.

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While being polyam isn't inherently part of the LGBTQ spectrum, as a queer polyam person it's really nice to see that mentioned here too. Thank you all for your vulnerability. It's super appreciated today. <3


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Despite being Bi, Trans, and polyamorous I can't say I've ever really cared about inclusivity or found it important in media. However it seems like it does make some people happy so I guess that's nice. I'll continue not to care so long as it doesn't affect product quality or end up barring some content for some reason.


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As a teacher with a diverse set of lovable students, I want to thank Paizo for including everyone. Back in my high school days, you had to hide that you played D&D. Its time for those dark days to be a thing of the past. We’re ALL gamers, we’re all part of the same community.


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Dracology wrote:
Despite being Bi, Trans, and polyamorous I can't say I've ever really cared about inclusivity or found it important in media. However it seems like it does make some people happy so I guess that's nice. I'll continue not to care so long as it doesn't affect product quality or end up barring some content for some reason.

Yes, but consider it from the other direction where depictions of LGBTQ+ persons and relationships (and god forbid actually acknowledging LGBT SEX!) were not only not represented but explicitly BANNED and any product that even hinted at this type of content was immediately barred from production or forced a rewrite or relegated to an adult's only category with explicit content warnings! That's assuming that they were stocked at all.

There was a time very recently that a literal angry mob would form if you even hinted that a character was anything but straight in any media.

Inclusivity is important, not for tokenism, but because to do so otherwise is to erase or diminish the identities of LGBTQ+ persons and somehow imply that they are shameful or deviant or offensive. There are parts of this country (USA) where that is still the case. Even for people who do not identify as LGBTQ+, acknowledging that they exist and are just people goes a huge way to show those who are not (knowingly)exposed to LGBTQ+ people that those people are just like anyone else and helps to eliminate the stigma of identifying as such.


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Yay! :D


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PRRRIIIIIIIDE!

Great to see a shoutout to pride month here and it's awesome to know that Paizo has hired many LGBTIA+ people. Love the kitsune analogy :)

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Dracology wrote:
Despite being Bi, Trans, and polyamorous I can't say I've ever really cared about inclusivity or found it important in media. However it seems like it does make some people happy so I guess that's nice. I'll continue not to care so long as it doesn't affect product quality or end up barring some content for some reason.

Yes, but consider it from the other direction where depictions of LGBTQ+ persons and relationships (and god forbid actually acknowledging LGBT SEX!) were not only not represented but explicitly BANNED and any product that even hinted at this type of content was immediately barred from production or forced a rewrite or relegated to an adult's only category with explicit content warnings! That's assuming that they were stocked at all.

There was a time very recently that a literal angry mob would form if you even hinted that a character was anything but straight in any media.

Inclusivity is important, not for tokenism, but because to do so otherwise is to erase or diminish the identities of LGBTQ+ persons and somehow imply that they are shameful or deviant or offensive. There are parts of this country (USA) where that is still the case. Even for people who do not identify as LGBTQ+, acknowledging that they exist and are just people goes a huge way to show those who are not (knowingly)exposed to LGBTQ+ people that those people are just like anyone else and helps to eliminate the stigma of identifying as such.

It also does a lot for mental health at a subconscious level. Cis heterosexual WASPs are the only people with stories to tell. It helps eliminate stigma for non-LGBTQ+ people but can do a lot for LGBTQ+ people who are dealing with their own internalized stigma or issues.

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