Who were your queer childhood heroes?
I’m bisexual. I didn’t really come to terms with being bisexual until… I was almost 20, I think. And part of the reason for this, I think, is even though I attempted to be an ally for LGBT+ rights since I was a teenager, my only ‘introductions’ to bisexuality were, well:
-Dr. Frankenfurter from The Rocky Horror Picture Show (I’m not even really sure about this. I just saw him as a gay man- who happened to have sex with Janet. So. I dunno.)
-A magazine article a friend of mine showed me about how a guy cheated on his girlfriend- with a man!
So not great representations.
With that in mind, I want to know who y’all looked up to in conjunction with figuring out your sexuality- particularly in the media you watched. I don’t think my schools had any books with queer characters in them- and if they, I didn’t know about them (AND I LOOKED).
Personally, my heroes were:
-Augusten Burroughs. I read Running with Scissors in 7th grade. I think he was my introduction to homosexuality. (Sidenote: A lot of people say that you can’t have queer characters in kid’s tv because they’re too young to learn about differing sexualities. All this meant for me is that as a young’un, I learned about queerness through adult books and bad yaoi and porn. Good fucking job.)
-Sailor Neptune and Sailor Uranus. They were ‘cousins’ in the dub, but they were my first lady-ship before I knew what a ship was.
-Fox and Collin from the webcomic Friendly Hostility. I was introduced to them when I already knew a little bit more about bisexuality (edit: I just checked. The first comic came out around when I was 13. I don’t think it fully hit me that he was bi for a while though because I was under the impression same-sex male relationship meant he was gay. Let’s say I figure it out when I was 16), but I think Fox was the first positive bisexual representation I’d seen. Fox and Collin were the first happy LGBT couple with whom I could relate. They had a relationship I wanted- so it really broke my heart when they started falling apart and eventually split up. (Uh. Spoilers I guess.)
So who did y’all look up to? When you were (or, well, are, this is tumblr) trying to figure out who you are as an LGBT+ person, who helped you come to terms with who you are? [ugh poorly worded]