How to find good queer representation

At Just Geek Stuff, we like to helps fans connect with geek products anyway we can. Occasionally, we might find a free anthology or write a review so you’re aware of any unnoticed problematic pitfalls in content before you buy. This time we’ve looked at two quick ways you can find queer representation to suit your tastes. 

The first is the aro ace database. This is a resource put together by scifi and fantasy author Claudie Arseneault for people who want to discover books with aromantic and asexual representation. This resource allows people to search for different forms of ace and aro representation. It’s incredibly thorough, mentioning whether the identities are referred to specifically or alluded to. It also lists the various identities. They are not defined simply as ace or aro, but specifically categorised. Want a demiromantic pansexual character? This database has got you covered. There are also warnings about the representation and descriptions of relationships. The detail of the database means that fans know exactly what they are getting. 

Aro and ace identities are often forgotten and erased. It is often incredibly difficult to find any representation of aro and ace identities – part of that is because aro and ace people are silenced meaning that even when people do write good representation, their works often get lost or ignored. There are a plethora of authors though who are changing things. Aromantic and asexual books do exist, even if society makes them incredibly difficult to find. This is why the database is absolutely vital. 

For gaming fans, there’s also an LGBTQ archive. This archive documents all of the games which include queer representation, dating back to the 70s. Queer representation in games can still be tricky to find, so this is a great little site for anyone who wants to expand their collection and not rely on the same old series for 50+ playthroughs. Each game comes with its own small breakdown about the types of characters (and relationships) featured. 

Hopefully these two resources can help queer nerds out their connect with material they really care about. If you have any additional tips for finding queer content, drop a comment below. We’d love to hear from you!

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