For those who do not know, June is known to many as PRIDE month. A month where people unite to promote, stand up for and celebrate the rights and history of LGBTQ people. You may wonder what this has to do with Sonic the Hedgehog, so please let me explain.
While the Hedgehog himself does not really apply to any statement of sexuality or gender, his fans do. Unlike some gaming fandoms, I have always found the people who make up the online Sonic Community to be one of the most diverse crowds around. I genuinely believe it can all be tied to a factor that as a hardcore dedicated fan, we have felt judgement. Ever had someone thought it was weird that you owned so much Sonic merchandise? Ever worried about what people think about your cosplay interests? Ever been told you’re “too old” for Sonic? While not everyone can understand the complex nature of being someone who identifies as Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual or Transgender, they can all relate on a base note of being made to feel “different”.
When I was a teen (what feels like a hundred years ago), I found places like The Sonic Stadium as a vital asset in finding acceptance. I remember finding threads on the SSMB from people who were having problems with coming out or dealing with their problems, and so many people were there to help offer advise and support. Without that online community to discover and talk to, who knows how much longer it would have taken me to build the confidence to accept who I was and feel ready to take on the challenges of being out in my real life.
With that in mind, this video invites a variety of people who make up the Sonic Community to talk about their experiences with growing up dealing with LGBT issues in an online world. If anything, if someone who is dealing with concerns of who they are and questions how they are feeling, hopefully they will come across this video to see that the fans who make up this community are a loving and supportive one.
Once you’ve watched the video feel free to listen a more in depth audio version where we chat to the participants for a bit longer.
We are planning on exploring this video series further to discuss the many different aspects that make up our world of Sonic fans. So hopefully keep an eye out for those!