Sydney Gaymers rally around Final Fantasy XIV float in annual LGBT+ Mardi Gras parade

    
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Sydney Gaymers brought a bit of Eorzea to last weekend’s Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade thanks to a collaboration with Final Fantasy XIV, which became the first video game to be represented as a float in the annual celebration. The float featured three of Final Fantasy’s most iconic creatures — a Moogle, a Cactuar, and a Cherry Bomb — accompanied by “80 marchers made up from members of both the Final Fantasy XIV Online and Sydney Gaymers’ communities” who “celebrated around it under the banner ‘Realms United.'”

When the collaboration was first announced last month, Sydney Gaymers organizer Peak Distapan enthused over the collaboration and commented on the impact that MMORPGs can have on the lives of queer players, saying, “For many LGBTQI+ people, online communities provide a space for the journey and exploration of personal identities. They allow us to connect, and celebrate, and they reinforce that we are not alone” — a sentiment for which I can certainly vouch. FFXIV Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida also expressed his pride in the game’s community, saying, “To see [the collaboration with Sydney Gaymers] makes me very happy indeed, both as the person in charge of FFXIV and also as just another player of the game.”

Source: Press Release
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Acceptance of others sexual preferences is great and should continue. I have a problem with this intentional division though, and I think you’d be surprised how many individuals who identify as homosexual or whatever would agree. They just want to be seen as normal (which they are). This “gaymers” thing does nothing for those homosexual/other individuals who just want to be seen as normal. Can you not be gay and enjoy games like everyone else? I dont see the necessity to segregate. Let’s all just be gamers and leave our sexuality at the door while we indulge

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Cant edit but I forgot to say leave it at the door unless you are RPing or using your sexual identity where applicable.

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Bruno Brito

and I think you’d be surprised how many individuals who identify as homosexual or whatever would agree.

Anedoctal.

They just want to be seen as normal (which they are). This “gaymers” thing does nothing for those homosexual/other individuals who just want to be seen as normal.

Fightning for their rights is normal. If you can’t see that, then i’m sorry. They shouldn’t have to conform to what you think it’s their place.

Can you not be gay and enjoy games like everyone else? I dont see the necessity to segregate. Let’s all just be gamers and leave our sexuality at the door while we indulge

The “necessity to segregate” appears on the first death threat, the first “f*&%$#” spoken on voice-coms, the first shittalk.

If you aren’t part of such group, instead of giving a unwanted opinion, first try to understand them, listen to them, because this is not about you. Whatever you think is irrelevant.

It’s their fight, and they are the ones to choose the methods. You’re not the first person to think your voice should have a place inside such group. It doesn’t. You won’t be the last.

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Winter

That’s fantastic!

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GamingSF

That’s awesome, someday I’ll make it to Mardi Gras in Sydney (such a long way to go though…)

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Matt Redding

I realize this doesn’t come up often, but this article could use a few more photos, and maybe higher rez ones. I’d love to zoom in and see more of the detail, and also have a flashback to the parade sequence in FF VIII. (If only they had a drag queen like Courtney Act dressed as Edea…)

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MrNastyButler

Is that the finished float in the image? Cause those figures on it look good.

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Bruno Brito

Man, they say Brazil has the best Carnaval, but i really think nothing can ever beat Mardi Gras.

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Utakata

…acceptance comes with a nice quiet thread. <3

Also pigtails loves when this stuff happens too. :)

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IronSalamander8 .

I think the best part of this, and it is good to see this, is that the game’s producer/director was positive about this. I still remember when that gay friendly WoW guild was told that maybe they shouldn’t do that by Blizzard awhile back (I can’t recall exactly what they said but that was the gist of it).

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Pepperzine

Always good to see =] This should be added to the new column about positive things involving MMOs

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Jack Pipsam

Great stuff :)