A number of years in the past, as my spouse sat beside me on the sofa and watched me create one more online game character with brief, shaggy hair, she mentioned, “Child, why don’t you simply go to the stylist and get your hair chopped off?” It appeared like such a simple query with such a simple reply — and he or she was proper, after all: I’d been wanting to chop off all my hair for so long as I may keep in mind. However, like the whole lot that brushes up towards gender in any non-conforming approach, it was really a tangled mess of emotions.
I used to be all the time getting mistaken for a boy rising up — due to the way in which I walked and dressed and talked and made intense eye contact with males, like some type of wolf difficult the chief of the pack — and it all the time embarrassed my household to no finish. It took me without end to even develop hair; my great-aunts took to sticking bows to my bald child head with bubblegum for the primary a number of years of my life. And when it was lastly lengthy sufficient to hit my shoulders and endure the wrath of a curling iron, my mother begged me to by no means, ever, ever get my hair “lower like a boy.” I’d damaged so many guarantees to her. The least I may do was preserve my hair lengthy sufficient to enter a ponytail.
Video video games actually are probably the greatest instruments of self-exploration for LGBTQ individuals. Straight cis dudes play out energy fantasies in video video games. Queer and trans individuals strive on a bunch of outfits and physique sorts and voices and make-up and hairstyles, after which go on quests to save lots of the world/rebuild their grandfather’s farm whereas wanting on-screen like they really feel inside in actual life.
I used to be desirous about all my butch-haired online game characters once I was on the barber this week, getting my very brief hair trimmed even shorter. And so I made a decision to make a listing!
I believe it was my starfruit that introduced all the ladies to my farm — however in all probability my dapper model stored them coming again.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
I chopped my hair off in two phases in Animal Crossing, and I additionally went from brown to gray on this sport! Development! Beau beloved it, saltlick.
Nobody stole my sweetroll.
Pokemon Sword & Defend
You catch Pokemon in a tracksuit; I catch Pokemon in a swimsuit vest. We aren’t the identical.
Pokemon Scarlet & Violet
Even this shiny Girafarig can’t deny how good I look with a silver swoop.
The Legend of Zelda
Aw, Linky. My favourite Lengthy-Haired Butch. (Don’t inform me Hyperlink’s not a LHB, I’ve been calling Hyperlink a LHB for like eight years and Hyperlink has by no means as soon as protested!)
Murderer’s Creed: Valhalla
Eivor’s obtained the gravely voice and bossy backside power to actually drive the entire thing house.
Dragon Age: Inquisition
Cassandra, how may you ever refuse this face? This elfin shaggy pixie?!
If solely there was a scoring celebration choice to smooch Sue Chicken.
Okay you’re proper: I didn’t play Fallout 4. It’s approach too gory and squelchy for me. However I may solely consider 9 video games for this put up, and my spouse l o v e d Fallout 4, so final night time I requested her to make me a butchy character and he or she reinstalled the sport and performed for hours to get some homosexual garments. I awoke this morning and he or she’d left these screenshots on the PS5 for me. And that’s real love.