Thursday, April 18, 2024

LGBT Cosplayer of the Week: You!

This week we’re shaking LGBT cosplayer of the week up a little. While we had more than a handful of people reach out to us about joining our series, today felt special for no other reason than it being yet another day closer to February.

The second month of the year is nearly upon us, and we’re already so humbled by the number of LGBT cosplayers that have got in touch with us. We want to help you shine and get your name and work out there — and it means everything that you’d like to work with us to achieve that.

But beyond that, we want to talk to the reader out there that look at these brilliant LGBT cosplayers and wonder if they could do it. The answer to that is very simple: of course you can!

LGBT Cosplayer
Source: Instagram (Efraim Queller)

Cosplaying can mean different things depending on the person you ask. It can be a means to express yourself in a way that you perhaps can’t do in real life. Sometimes it’s about identity, and other times it’s about nothing at all but loving to dress up as your favourite character.

Because of how different cosplay can be to other people, it’s incredibly easy to say this: cosplay is for everyone. While we most certainly don’t condone certain practices like blackface, or any darkening of your skin in order to match a character, we do hope that the cosplay community will get larger in the years to come.

If you’ve been wondering if you could be part of our series, but haven’t even cosplayed yet, this is your chance to start! Show us your cosplay, even if it isn’t complete or you have no idea where to go next because as we said before: cosplay is for everyone.

Aimee Hart

[She/They] Aimee Hart specializes in queer fandom, video games and tabletop, having started her career writing for numerous websites like The Verge, Polygon, Input Magazine and more. Her goal now is to boost LGBTQ+ voices in the video games industry.