I'm thinking about that weird thing that happened with a bunch of different webcomics in the late 2000s, where I guess a ton of artists all kinda realized at the same time "Oh shit! A very significant amount of my audience is gay teens, but also I kinda made my comic 100% straight people without really thinking about it! I should do something about that!" and then suddenly a bunch of queer characters popped into existence from the creative void

The interesting thing was tho, that because a bunch of these artists were straight and cis and didn't really have any fuckin idea how to write queer characters, they just sorta shrugged and defaulted to how they would write any other character, i.e. like a normal fucking person.

So the end result was a bunch of characters where it's like "oh also so-and-so is bi but also, I've been working on this character arc for four years and this overall plot for a decade, so I'm gonna establish it but also not make that big of a deal out of it. They're just bi. Now on to the shit I actually had planned."

This actually turned out pretty well tho bc the previous mentioned Gay Teens got some actually decent representation, brought about by the result of A) queer characters not being treated or written all that differently than cishet ones, and B) queer characters existing and doing shit and living their lives without their identity being framed as this perpetual defensive conflict

So even though I'm like 80% sure most artists fell into it back-asswards, it wound up doing a LOT to counteract the shitty message that was implicit in most other LGBT representation in fiction at the time (You're different and your life will be hard)

So yeah that's kinda neat

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Anyway this was inspired by realizing that the first realistic trans character I ever saw in any sort of media was that red-haired girl from questionable content, whose name I can't remember because I haven't read that comic in like four years

HAHA ALSO I JUST HAD TO REPOST THIS ENTIRE THREAD BECAUSE I JUST REALIZED I SAID "WEBCAMS" INSTEAD OF "WEBCOMICS" IN THE FIRST POST, W H O O P S

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