Trans Gamers Discuss Their Favorite Characters

Matt Baume recently created a video to accompany his story “How Trans Players Find Support from the Gaming Community” on Vice. In the video, Baume asks trans gamers about their favorite video games and video game characters.

In the article, Baume explores how a few trans male players started meeting up to do their testosterone shots. He also interviews Adrienne Shaw—curator for the LGBTQ Video Game Archive—and talks with several trans gamers (both male and female) about their experiences in their gaming communities as well as what video game avatars mean to them. Click here to read the article.

The video highlights the importance video game avatars in allowing people to explore a world as a member of the gender they identify with, especially if they haven’t come out.

At one point, trans gamer and fashion model Cetine talks about the controversial character Krem in Dragon Age: Inquisition. “Krem touched so many people’s lives who are trans, especially trans men who didn’t have that representation in anything, really.”

One unnamed trans woman talks about Final Fantasy VII’s cross-dressing sequence as an uplifting moment in her life. “When the other characters believe that Cloud has transitioned to a female,” she says, “it was a really exciting moment for me. I was just like, ‘I want to do that. I want to wear makeup and go to school and see if people notice.'”

James Prost, a writer for the NY TimesTransgender Today, talks about how playing tabletop games helped him visualize himself and come to terms with his identity.

Matt Baume collected the above clips from a project he is working on called Playing with Pride. A trailer for Playing with Pride is available below.

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