Tell Me Why is the first game to feature a trans protagonist

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Microsoft’s Xbox Game Studios and DONTNOD Entertainment,  the studio behind the hit franchise, Life is Strange, are adding a new chapter to the books of gaming history by featuring a transgender protagonist in an upcoming mystery adventure game.

Tell Me Why follows the story of twins Tyler and Alyson. The pair use their special bond to unravel the mysteries of their troubled childhood.  The game will be set in a small-town in Alaska, and will feature true-to-life characters, mature themes, and gripping choices. Tyler and Alyson are both playable characters in the story, and Tyler is transgender.

“Over the course of the story, players will explore the identical twins’ different memories of key events and choose which memory to believe. Ultimately, the choices players make determine the strength of the twins’ bond — and the future course of their lives.” Tell Me Why game director Florent Guillaume said in a press statement.

According to DONTNOD, the company worked closely with Microsoft and GLAAD to shape Tyler as an authentic representation of the trans experience, as well as a genuine, multidimensional character in his own right. Tyler is voiced by trans actor August Black

 

The gay 90s & sitcoms

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TV is gayer than ever which is great news. But even back in the 90s there were plenty of queer characters on the small screen. But a lot of the representation 20+ years ago was more problematic than progressive. Shows routinely pushed stereotypes and cliches and more often than not the gay characters were the butt of the joke and not much else.

Matt Baume’s YouTube show Culture Cruise takes a closer look LGBTQ representation in the sitcoms of the 90s with a special focus on Frasier, a show that in some regards was ahead of its time.