Gaming and Transphobia


Not sure if this issue has been raised before. But I thought it deserved some discussion on it. Gaming sometimes requires buddies. I am not suggesting you play these but it is an example. Lets take the EPIC title Fortnite or more recent COD Blackout (the Battle Royales that are flooding Twitch. High profile streamers such as Ninja, DrDisrespect and Shroud have made them very popular indeed) not to mention the Youtube video spin offs!

Then there are GTA Role Play servers on FiveM. And many other titles like RUST! ARK and so on. Increasingly game developers want players to buddy up to really take advantage of the games they play. And many will do this on TeamSpeak or Discord and chat out of game. However for many LGBTIQ+ people this can be fraught with problems. Often they are randomly put with another player in say duos or teams and they are often expected to talk in game. Now if the other team member is phobic they will immediately begin the abuse. For a cis woman (DFAB) they can get misogynistic abuse as the abuser questions what women play these games? They must be either gross, useless, or what sadly is increasingly a term used by male teens to abuse trans*women a trap! And this applies to young women who sound feminine. For trans+ women it can be hard going. As many are a little tougher on idiots like this. and the strength they have is interpreted as masculinity and again they jump in. Or if the person sounds or sounds masculine in any traditional sense (as a streamer in appearance or in voice chat on VOIP) again they can be attacked. So no matter who they are or how they present, it can be rough out there.


I think it would be a very good idea to maybe use the traffic of Transgender Zone, Twitter, Facebook and so on to see if we could at least create a list of people and what games they play and find out if this interests them. I know I would rather team up with somebody trans+ in a game and bypass all that crap and just enjoy the immersion rather than being given the third degree by some curious youngster who TBH may actually be nice irl and interested but it can become tiring for many LGBTIQ+ to explain themselves for the 15th time that day (especially if they get shot a lot and are automatched with new people all the time rather than friends or Trans+ buddies! Anyone have any views on this? I think this may go some way in explaining why many transgender women play solo games that involve nobody else! Think about it! 🤔

We have started a debate on Facebook in the Transgender Gamers group here so if this interests you join it and see?!