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It was International Non-binary day. I was sitting on my couch, scrolling through Twitter (as I do far too much), seeing everyone I know who’s non-binary posting stunning selfies with stories and information about being non-binary. I sat there, a small twinge of curiosity entered my mind, and I asked myself, “could I possibly be non-binary?”

So I Googled what it means to be non-binary.

I read, I researched, I found out that it’s ultimately not feeling like you identify with the gender you’re assigned based on your sex, even if you don’t necessarily feel like you’re trans (though you can also be non-binary and trans). …


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I held The Last of Us at such a high regard, when I first played it. Not only was this a story that had such powerful growth and development in the midst of a post-apocalyptic world, but it had a character I could resonate with. It was a game that I finally felt represented in, as a queer person who was becoming more comfortable in their identity.

Now that I’ve finished Part II, I feel that they didn’t take this representation to a great place. I don’t feel that it delivered on an implied promise that it would be a win for representing queer people. …


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One lesson from one of my creative writing classes that stuck with me came from an interview we watched with an author who was discussing her characters resembling people in her life. She said that when challenged by a friend or family member on whether or not a character is based off of them, especially if they thought it was in a negative light, she would ask “why do you think that?” This would challenge them to look at why exactly they think this character is based off of them, and if it truly is in a negative light, they then have to come to terms with the fact that these may be traits about them that they have to deal with. …

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Jeff Brutlag

Fiction/Nonfiction Writer | Twitch Affiliate focused on story driven games | A cozy gay who loves witchy vibes and Sailor Moon 🌙 He/They

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