About the Site
NameQueerly Represent Me
Founder / locationAlayna Cole
Founding dateMay 2016
Press / Business contactAlayna Cole: email@example.com
Queerly Represent Me is a resource hub and research organisation. We maintain a database of games that represent queer perspectives and feature queer content, and we also provide links to further resources and research regarding representation of sexuality, gender, and relationships. We 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.
In November 2016, the database expanded from the original visual database to also include a spreadsheet database, which allows for a big-picture view of the types of representation featured on the site. This allowed for additional research to be conducted, and led to the establishment of the organisation's separate research arm.
February 2017 led to the creation of the 'Representations of Diversity in Games (2017) survey', which is the foundation for the ongoing quantiative and qualitative research that will be conducted by Queerly Represent Me, used in conjunction with the information gathered in the 'Queer Representation (2016) survey', as well as our database and other resources.
In March 2017, Queerly Represent Me underwent a rebranding exercise. This included the introduction of more user-friendly features (such as a better search function and the consolidation of landing pages), a nicer aesthetic (trust us, it's much prettier now), and a new logo. This rebranding extended to items like business cards, badges, and stickers, as well as merchandise available on our merch store. This allowed for increased visibility of the Queerly Represent Me brand, as well as further marketing opportunities.
Information for Press
- Visual database
Detailed entries about games, series, and developers that feature queer content. Perfect for those wanting to read about queer content in their favourite games, or browse for new titles to explore.
- Spreadsheet database
Detailed spreadsheet of all games featured in our database. Ideal for those seeking a ‘big picture’ view of the games we feature, and who want to engage with data and trends.
Collation of key sources about queer representation, including survey results, papers, articles, presentations, and additional databases or archives.
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"Whether a researcher, a gamer, or a developer, Queerly Represent Me is a valuable resource for anyone even slightly interested in representation within video games." - Saf, Tosche Station
"It is wonderful to see a site such as this come into existence and hopefully it can help make my inclusive gaming world dream become a reality."
- Matt Hewson, Player2.net.au
"We’re super excited to see this database come together!" - Jillian, FemHype