Pride is here, and we keep being proud because otherwise there is nothing left but wrath. Everywhere around the gaming social media environment today you see people complaining that “if you want to be treated like normal people, you have to shut up and stop this whole stupid pride thing” and similar.
Because we know how well it works when you keep the GLBTQ+ spectrum all hidden away in their closets right? That brings us Stonewall, execution in work camps, and conservatives flat out laughing as the AIDS crisis kills thousands of our loved ones before us.
This is something I only “came to terms” with in the last few years – the reason my immediate reaction to people shouting “SJW!” as a negative thing is not just annoyance, but a deep burning anger that makes me want to burn down the world.The AIDS crisis left me with some serious trauma that I never really dealt with. I met more people who died during the crisis than most people know (based on the studies that most Americans know about 600 people and we documented a few thousand that we worked with and were then lost to us – I personally met somewhere around 2000 victims). We watched politicians and conservative society shrug their shoulders and ignore the crisis that was slaughtering our friends.
Allowing ourselves to be “othered” by society is not acceptable. It is not allowable. It must be fought loudly and constantly and violently if need be.
Please feel free to use any of these designs on your social media accounts. I’ve provided a number of formats to fit the various designs of the headers (FB, for instance, keeps moving the location of your user photo, so the designs shift angles over the years).
I’m posting copies of these graphics here because Facebook mangles graphics so badly that they look horribly distorted on people’s pages when they grab the ones posted there.
I’ve received the usual snide allegations of “virtue signalling” and the usual crap from people who somehow see being positive and nice as a horrible character flaw. But the block filters are strong. This is NOT political. Politics doesn’t include who gets to be treated as human beings and who does not.
Stonewall was a riot,
and Silence = Death.
Simon Landmine said:
Awesome. Thanks Dyson!
(And I know what you mean about designing for FB’s ever-changing formats!)
This is an important post. Thank you Dyson. I’d rather be called an SJW than stop demanding a decent existence for every living being. I’m so sad that everything we fought for in our youth is denigrated by computer kids who like to make memes.
We fight the good fight, I know it.
Thank you for this post.
Jonathan Becker said:
Right on, Dyson. Stay proud, man…stay strong.
I am so glad to see this sentiment explained in full here. Carry on being vocal, we will not be silenced!
Just felt the need to send love, agreement and general positive vibes. Hope to pick up one of your pride shirts later. Keep fighting the good fight.
Bruce Gray said:
You have my thanks for providing this image to use publicly. I’ve been a fan of yours for years, and I keep getting reminded of why I’m a fan. This is a =really= good reason to be a fan, and I’m going to try to send a few more of my friends your way.
Andreas Davour said:
If someone has a problem with social justice being a good thing, they are the problem.
Everyone deserves dignity. If I can be a warrior for social justice, sign me up!
I hear and feel your pain and anger and am sorry for your loss.
Thanks for sharing, as always.
Greg Baker said:
I just can’t believe how many people still think hate is a ‘family value’. kudos to you for staying strong, dude!
Mark Craddock said:
Thank you for providing the art and for your words.
This is the change I want to see in the world.
Thank you for your art, your words and your anger.
I agree with you 100%. I am bisexual and I have a friend who is transsexual. She has suffered verbal abuse and physical assault for being trans. Also, my youngest daughter is gay. Why should any of us be treated as an underclass? We are not defined as people by our sexuality, it is only one facet of who we are. I applaud you for raising this subject on your blog (which I love, anyway). Lots of love to you and yours.
The posting of this is great; sadly what happened to a lot of people that could have been different if they’d been treated as actual people is still horrific.
I’m a chud snowflake who needs a safe space away from those of you who think human beings should be treated as human beings. I demand that you “stay in your lane” and not include anything of yourself in your work. I’m writing on behalf of dozens of other fuckwits who didn’t take the time to dust off their WordPress credentials and are hiding in their safe spaces.
No Wordpress Credentials Needed said:
“Stay in your lane”? WTF? This _is_ Dyson’s lane, and he can damn well do with it what he likes. Get that stick out of your arse.
Well, someone’s pulled a sneaky edit compared to what they originally posted. Needless to say, the original didn’t have any element of humour to it.
Dyson Logos said:
That was me. I figured I should clarify the intent and meaning of his post.
Spot on! said:
Ah. Nailed it!
Dyson Logos said:
Go fuck yourself, snowflake.
Chris Petersen said:
You’re an idiot. A very “special” kind of idiot. Oh, and a coward too.
Really ? Someone who gets tons of great maps freely (or very low price) thinks he have to right to “make demands” ? You are actually at Dyson’s place, this is “his” safe place, not yours. You know how to leave and close an internet browser, right ?
New around here (linked by a friend!) – I agree wholeheartedly and your artwork is gorgeous. I am a queer-and-proud gamer and I think it might have to be emblazoned on my Twitter header. 😀
Ginny Loveday said:
Thank you for very clearly stating why this is important. It’s important to have good morals to go with all your good maps. You’re good people, even if you’re all tentacle-y.
That chud above needs to realize that the mapmakers draw the lanes anyways.
Simon Landmine said:
Proud to be with you.
Bob Loftin said:
A few weeks ago I mentioned on my Traveller podcast that the capital insurrection kind of put me off violence in my game. That it made me feel rotten about it. I didn’t even use the term “insurrection”. It was simply me talking about something that affected me, and we discussed violence in games.
Anyway, I posted a link to it on my general gaming blog, which has about 8 subscribers. Someone was compelled to comment and ask me if “the violence over the summer” (referring obviously to BLM) made me sick too. Of course, this person posted from a server way overseas with some fake name. No courage. Wouldn’t even use his name (you know it was a “him”). I just deleted the comment, as I didn’t want to lock horns with some goon who isn’t even willing to tell who he is. But yeah, there’s lots of these guys out there.
Gus L. said:
You’re one of the people that welcomed me back into this hobby in 2011 or so, and I’m so glad to hear you say these things. So many of the folks from those days have tumbled down into sad, bad places full of hatred, and it warms my heart that you’re still the Dyson that you’ve always been. Stay gold, keep it up and Happy Pride!
Dyson Logos said:
Patrick Mallah said:
I would love to see that silence=death graphic as a bumper sticker or t-shirt.