About the site
NameQueerly Represent Me
Founder / locationAlayna Cole
Founding dateMay 2016
Press / Business contactAlayna Cole: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
August 2017 saw our launch of several new initiatives, including our podcast, interview series, and upcoming zine.
What we do
Visual database »
Database of games featuring queer representation, displayed visually for a consumer audience.
Spreadsheet database »
Database of games featuring queer representation, displayed in spreadsheet format for researchers seeking trends.
Audience surveys »
Surveys conducted annually with game audiences, exploring how audiences feel about representation of diversity in games.
Guides and talks »
Written guides and regular talks aimed at informing the public and connecting them to our research.
Jess' Queer Games Journey »
Ongoing discussion of lesser known games featuring queer content.
Monthly podcast where we discuss queer games and representations with special guests from the game industry.
Interview series »
Weekly interviews with queer folks working in the games industry about their journey.
First time publication of a zine exploring queer stories, and intersectional stories of diversity.
Additional outreach programs, including exhibitions, to connect the public to queer games and game developers.
Collection of resources and research from authors external to the QRM team.
Information for Press
Logo and Banner
Accolades and awards
Nominated for the 'Community Initiative / Charity' Award in the Australian LGBTI Awards 2018.
"These are good voices, worth getting behind." - David Hollingworth, PC & Tech Authority
"There’s a lot going on at Queerly Represent Me, and all of it important." - Jay Costello, New Normative
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