LGBTQ* Characters in Video Games
Jolly Roger (Nintendo 2000)
From the game Banjo-Tooie, Jolly Roger was a gay bartender created by Nintendo for their game series following the antics of Banjo and Kazooie. Jolly Roger sent the two on a quest to rescue his girlfriend, a cross-dressing amphibian, named Merry Maggie (pictured below).
LGBTQ* Humor, Politics and ASL
Lily Allen’s “*#&@ You” signed by Mister Chase
(including political commentary on a Mario platform)
*** Want to extend additional shout out to Picked Scab, who has also posted this video today. Happy to be a fellow “Brain Twin” with you today!
LGBTQ* Video, Computer and Role-Playing Games
BIRDO — The first transgender character in mainstream video games.
* Birdo first appeared in Super Mario Bros. 2 as a mini boss
* Nintendo’s first edition game manual read:
He thinks he is a girl and he spits eggs from his mouth. He’d rather be called ‘Birdetta.’
* Later editions/reprints of the game would go on to drop all mention of gender
—> Games such as Super Mario Bros. Smash and Captian Rainbow still leave Birdo’s gender identity and expression fairly androgynous
—> In Mario Tennis, Birdo was depicted as Yoshi’s girlfriend (arguably to mute the previous mention of Birdo’s gender and to create a “female” alternative to Yoshi)
(Thank You (!) to MrTwo for his insight. Future posts about POISON, Tekken’s trans* game character, to come at a later date.)
Huffington Post — LGBTQ Rights/Advancement in Video Games
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