Pride Month celebrations began in early June to honor the events at the Stonewall Inn on June 28, 1969, during which POC, trans people and drag queens led riots against the police. That event sparked a newfound resilience among queer people at the time, and the next year the riots were celebrated with a march that unofficially established the legacy of Pride Month. This was formally introduced by President Bill Clinton in 2000 to honor gay and lesbian people and then expanded to the entire LGBTQIA+ community by President Barack Obama in 2011.
Thanks to the global reach of the internet and queer content creators or LGBTQIA+ allies, Pride Month has become a media experience no longer relegated to marches. The future of the LGBTQIA+ community looks brighter every year thanks to the improvements made and their resilience Pull out Streamers and content creators with whom Game Rant conducts a series of interviews. One of those people is blizzb3ar, a queer Twitch streamer who wants to raise the voices of marginalized groups of people, particularly the LGBTQIA+ people who are underrepresented in the community itself.
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Why blizzb3ar feels like a “bad guy”.
Recently blizzb3ar shared a tweet saying he will continue to be loud, passionate and a problem. When asked why he felt he had to be a problem, he replied that he was happy to take on this role because good change needs to happen and someone needs to raise awareness. That’s why the Twitch streamer feels like a villain, in the sense that he’s passionate about amplifying the voices of those who are underrepresented in the queer community.
According to blizzb3ar, this negative perception of vocal LGBTQIA+ people as “bad guys” stems from the fact that they are vocal about their sexuality and gender identity in a world where these things are still struggling to become the new norm. The reason blizzb3ar takes on this role, although it’s not the best feeling, is because he felt the lack of people like himself growing up. He’s now actively protecting others in his community on Twitch, and he feels like he’s protecting his young self as well.
“A lot of Disney villains are queer coded, Jafar is one of them, also Ursula, you have Hades who is queer coded. And it’s like, ‘I should hate these villains, but they kind of make sense at that point,’ and I get it. If queer individuals need to start getting into their villain era, I’m ready for it, and I’m already signed up, I’m already a part of it.
The importance of therapy for dealing with one’s own identity and trauma
Although blizzb3ar is relatively new to therapy and is currently trying the idea a second time in a more professional context, blizzb3ar believes this tool is a powerful tool to help overcome insecurities and trauma associated with being queer. According to the streamer, there shouldn’t be any deadlines that people set themselves to come out and express their own identities, as those deadlines are always unfair. Coming out is a journey to tell at your own pace for yourself, slowly accepting that no matter how beautiful it can be, it can be hurtful or even traumatic.
According to blizzb3ar, therapy is a great way to unlearn all of the self-loathing and trauma that others inflict on you. There is a tremendous amount of control one can have over coming out to others, especially since social media and the internet are places where one needs to be careful about what type of information they share. Still, the streamer believes it’s helpful to talk to a therapist and to your peers, especially if they happen to share experiences or identities.
“I’ve forgotten a lot of things. I’ve unlearned a lot of self-hatred, all the self-hatred of growing up as I come from a super-religious background. Queerness was always avoided, it was always bad, it was a sin and stuff like that. Even now I’m still unlearning, but it takes a lot of effort, and sometimes therapy is a good step to help you unlearn bad things and learn new things about yourself.
blizzb3ar’s take on being a Twitch streamer
Now that blizzb3ar is streaming full-time on Twitch, he’s discovered more benefits and concerns about the platform. One of the biggest perks of being a streamer on the go is that blizzb3ar meets a lot of new people like him, whether they’re other streamers or viewers who tell him how important his channel is. Because of this, blizzb3ar wants his space to be a comfortable, safe environment where he and everyone in his community can be themselves, without excuse.
However, openness is something that can lead to it becoming a target for haters where blizzb3ar feels that Twitch is not a safe platform right now. In his experience, the streamer was mugged by hate and attacked by white supremacists five times, while Twitch did little to actively protect him other than granting ban tools. Another problem is that Twitch gets 50 percent of the revenue for every subscription to the channel from blizzb3ar, meaning streamers who don’t top the list might struggle to even pay the rent.
“I hid my identity as a bisexual male, but on Twitch I was myself straight away. I was like, ‘Hey, I’m a queer person. I like gaming, I like chatting, I like building LEGOs, true crime, and that’s what I do.’ However, some of the downsides are more related to the platform as a whole. I was put in a situation where Twitch lifted me up but didn’t protect me and didn’t have anything to protect me at the time.”
LGBTQIA+ video games endorsed by blizzb3ar
Because representation is so important to blizzb3ar, he likes games that offer great representation for himself and other LGBTQIA+ people – especially those who aren’t as heavily represented. Since blizzb3ar is particularly concerned with the representation of bisexuals and black people, this is one of his favorite games Stardew Valley, where players can create their own character and marry whoever they want without affecting the story. There’s not a lot of bisexual depiction in games, and having the ability to be with a person regardless of their identity is valuable, even if it’s in the fictional world of a farming simulator.
Another game that made it onto blizzb3ar’s list is apicoa beekeeping simulator full of funny character names all related to bees. apico has cute graphics and game mechanics that make it charming, but it also gets something else right: the characters players encounter all have their pronouns by their names, which is a great way to incorporate representation. This choice helps queer people feel less alone in a world where pronouns are often enough affirmation to make them feel valid.
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