The Elder Scrolls Online community has come together this year for an in-game Pride Parade, organized by streamers Loctavian, while also raising money for The Trevor Project, an LGBTQ+ suicide prevention and crisis intervention charity. So far, the community has raised nearly $6,200.
“When I started playing, I was still deep in the closet” August Parker said TheGamer. “Queer content existed in the single player games, but given the lack of it across the MMO space, I wasn’t expecting much. So when I came across a quest to rescue a male Khajiit’s life partner in Reaper’s March, and it was treated just as normally as any other NPC pairs in the game, I called out.”
ESO has built an inclusive community with hundreds showing up for the in-game Pride Parades. Bethesda even went so far as to spotlight the streams with these events, so it’s no wonder the servers started chugging. “The word I kept using last night was ‘amazing’ because I was really speechless at the turnout,” Seth hall said TheGamer. “I know there are a lot of LGBTQIA+ playing the game, but to see so many of us in the same place at the same time – I could feel the love through the monitor.”
Players showed up en masse in colorful costumes, proudly summoned rainbows, and walked through cities together to show what a safe space community can be. “As an ESO player who identifies as non-binary, it meant so much to me to be a part of these Pride celebrations.” fen said TheGamer. “I honestly have never felt so lucky and lucky to be a part of The Elder Scrolls Online community.”
Another player who took part in the parades, sableadded: “I’m overjoyed and proud. My guild, Prismatic Defenders, helped me come out as a trans woman last year, so it felt fitting that I got to spend my first out-trans Pride event with them. I cried to see all the people marching at the Auridon Pride Parade.”
Parker also spoke about what the Pride Parade means outside of the game: “With the rise of bigoted rhetoric and violence against the queer community, particularly trans people, it’s more important than ever for the queer community to stand up against that hatred and ourselves be. Standing together in solidarity is important, not only for ourselves, but for everyone who is still in the closet because they are afraid or unsure of leaving. They need to know that they are not alone, that there is a safe community for them even in the face of hate and bigotry.
“That’s one reason why the Pride Parade is so important in the game. For people who can’t go to a Pride parade in person, it gives them a safe place to express themselves through outfits and fashion, through emotes and more memorabilia that in reality they might not be able to. I know that was important to me once.
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