QueerlyRepresent.Me is a research organisation and resource hub about queer representation in games.
They maintain a database of games that represent queer perspectives and feature queer content, and they also provide links to further resources and research regarding representation of sexuality, gender, and relationships. QueerlyRepresent.Me are working on extensive research behind the scenes, both in the area of representations of queer identity in games as well as queer game studies more broadly.
There are two key reasons why Queerly Represent Me is an important and valuable resource. Firstly, the database allows members of the queer community to familiarise themselves with and access more texts that represent them. This can act as a supportive gesture to those who are comfortable with their identities, or can assist in the formation of self-identity for those who are questioning their sexuality or gender. Secondly, the site allows those who do not identify as queer to broaden the pool of games that they play or to form new understandings of games that they have already accessed, while developing empathy for the queer community and the issues we face. Additionally, Queerly Represent Me is an important resource for those researching queer representation in games academically, journalistically, or for their personal growth.
Ongoing discussion around the representation of queer identities, and what constitutes a positive representation, is vital and Queerly Represent Me seeks to be a key voice within this conversation.
Queerly Represent Me was founded in May 2016 after the founder conducted the ‘Queer Representation (2016) survey’, primarily as a reference point where the work of the founder—Alayna Cole—and others in the research area of queer representation could be collated and shared. While many articles and websites exist to highlight the ‘top 5’ or ‘top 10’ representations of a particular type, the Queerly Represent Me database was designed to feature an exhaustive and ever-growing list, evolving in ways that a static article cannot. The database currently features more than 750 games and is constantly expanding through suggestions from the community.