Helping the #EDENproject Blossom

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The best way I can introduce you, my lovely readers, to this awesome project is to share with you the launch trailer for this awesome project. Please watch the video all the way to the end and then I will tell you why it is so important for me to share my support not only for this awesome project but this awesome artist as well.

#EDENproject is the kind of project I can not help but love the idea of! From its amazing character designs and intriguing ideas, it is something that caught my attention the moment I found out about the project which is why I have already shared the video above on my twitter, but I wanted to do more to help spread the word of this project to other bloggers. So here is what I am going to do.

I would really love if you, my lovely readers could share the launch trailer video around or this post, you can reblog this post on your blog or share it on social media, the point is I would love to see this amazing project blossom and I believe it is something that would be awesome to share with the LGBTQ+ community.

There are not that many games out there aimed specifically at the LGBTQ+ community, though I have already shared one with you guys already. That being my review of Strange Flesh. I would love to see more games with diversity that is more than just filling a quota for certain fetishes of the audience. Of course, I won’t say this project does not have that, looking at the character designs you can see many different types of male characters here, but it seems to be more about representation than anything else and this is something yours truly cannot help but support.

My Brother’s Husband Getting Live Action Mini Series

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The timing of this announcement really could not be more perfect, why do I say this? Well within the next 48 hours we should have gay marriage legalized here in Australia!

The announcement of a live action adaptation of this ground breaking manga by Gengoroh Tagame is just beyond amazing. The manga itself tells the story of Yatchi a single father who has a surprise visit from Mike Flanagan, a canadian man who was the husband to his estranged twin brother, Ryoji who had recently passed away. It is a very sweet story with some very serious themes within it. From family acceptance to the ongoing homophobia still seen in Japan it is a must read for anyone who is a fan of LGBTQ+ media.

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The manga itself is something I have wanted to review for a long time here on Yaoi Playground. The only reason I have not is because this is one title I would very much like to own a copy of in my personal manga collection before reviewing it.

Pride and Tolerance through Diplomacy|OWLS ‘Diplomacy’

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Welcome to my first ever post as part of the OWLS blog Tour, before I start this post I would like to explain to my followers who are not familiar with OWLS as to what it is. OWLS stands for Otaku Warriors for Liberty and Self-Respect. It is a group of bloggers that work to promote acceptance of all individuals regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion or disability. I myself decided to become a part of this group because acceptance is something I like to promote through Yaoi Playground and to those who are following along this blog tour I hope you enjoyed Scott from Mechanical Anime Reviews post as much as I did.

This Months topic for discussion is Diplomacy

“Whenever we have a disagreement with someone, we use our words to express our thoughts and opinions. However, there are those who would rather use fists instead of words, those who forget that being “right” isn’t the most important thing, and those who lose sight of compromising and acknowledging differences in opinion and belief. Diplomacy is an important skill and tactic that not many of us have or are able to utilize properly especially in “social media wars” for sensitive issues and anime discourse—we just express our opinions without really listening. For this month’s prompt, we will be exploring some of the best negotiations scenes in pop culture media and discuss how effective these diplomatic moments are and what we can learn from them. We will also discuss why communication and listening are important traits to have and whether or not there are other means to enforce peace.”

The beginning of tolerance between any group of people who think they are so different they can not get along is to not look at not what makes you different, but to take a step back and look at what you have in common. This is where the story of Pride begins to teach us the lesson of  tolerance through diplomacy. The year is 1984 and the miners of the UK are on strike fighting to keep their pits open to keep there jobs and a young gay man in London see’s them protesting on picket lines and being in his words bullied by the police and government and in that moment he realizes something amazing. Our community has a lot in common with these out of work miners. That community is the Gay and Lesbian community marching in the Gay Pride parade. In his eyes he see’s a chance to help and so he starts a group within the gay community. LGSM or Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners. They raise money to help the miners but are then met with a problem, they won’t to help but no one wants there help because they are loud, proud and gay, but by a misunderstanding over the phone a small mining village accepts their help not exactly knowing who they are.

And so begins the journey of discovery on both sides because at first it seems no one can see eye to eye. Tolerance is something we all need to learn at some point in our lives, but I sometimes wonder if a lot of people actually know what tolerance means. It is the act of tolerating the existence of opinions or behaviors that one dislikes or disagrees with. To tolerate something or someone does not mean you have to go against your beliefs or even change said beliefs it just means accepting that not everyone is the same. This is a struggle that LGSM go through throughout the movie, from the men in the small mining town not wanting to accept the help of LGSM because they do not want to be associated with ‘their type’ to down right bigotry from one council member in town who does everything in her power to not only try and turn the town against a group that just wants to help them, but goes as far as to poison her own sons with her bigotry.

So how does diplomacy fit into teaching tolerance within this movie? In many fun ways actually. One of the best examples comes early on in the movie when LGSM goes to visit Onllwyn the town they end up helping. They have trouble socializing with the locals, because everyone is weary and untrustworthy of each other. While this is happening one of the more flamboyant men in LGSM is out on the dancefloor with the town women having a blast, but then the women comment how it is rare to see a man on the dancefloor so he decides to bring a little extra fun. The scene can be seen below…

You know what this scene leads to? It leads to one of the men in town asking for dance lessons to help him be more confident with women and there it is right there. A door to diplomacy has been opened, a conversation started and the beginning of tolerance and acceptance has begun. This dance is more than a little fun for a struggling town. It’s a moment for everyone in the room to forget there troubles, forget their differences. And though the miners did not win there protests against the government, LGSM did help them survive through the protests, their donations brought the community food and dignity.

As the old saying goes as one good deed deserves another and the Welsh Miners did not forget what LGSM did for them and on June 29th, 1985 they stood up proud and marched along with LGSM right at the front of London’s Gay Pride March. They stood in solidarity with those who stood by them. But that is not all they did to help those that supported them. A year after the strike ended, a motion was tabled at the Labour Party conference to preserve gay and lesbian rights into the party’s manifesto a motion that had been raised before and had lost. This time however it passed and do you know why? This was because of a block vote from one union, The National Union of Mineworkers. This one act opened the doors in the United Kingdom for gay rights. Which just goes to show you that you can find friends and allies in the strangest of places, whether that be a gay bar in London or a mining village in Wales. We all have the power to make change in this world for the better, it just takes a little bit of Diplomacy and looking for what we have in common.

Also there is a lot more covered in this movie that I would love to cover at a later date on Yaoi Playground, these include themes of Coming Out to ones family and AIDS and what it did to the LGBT community back then and now. So you can look forward to a full review of the movie in the coming weeks on Yaoi Playground.

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Next up on the blog tour we have Crimson and I look forward to reading their post!

I Support Marriage Equality, but the Plebiscite is a Waste of Time and Money!

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I really hate talking politics, I really do but as an Australian with a blog I feel a need to share my views on this one issue. I have always been a supporter of the LGBTQ+ community and adamant fighter for Marriage Equality in Australia. As hard as it is to believe in this day and age Australia is still without Marriage Equality and for a country that claims to be progressive and inclusive within it’s culture this is a sad fact.

I am going to get right to the point with this post, right now it feels to me that this  is nothing more than a public postal vote to gauge public opinion. The fact of the matter plebiscite is quite simple, the government themselves do not need to do this. All they have to do is pass gay marriage in parliament, they do not need to do a plebiscite to do this. Now I know it is a bit more work than just that and I also know very little about how laws are made and changed in Australia like most citizens, but the way I see it is this. The only real reason I can see for this and this is only because of all the advertising the Government has being doing on TV is to get more people to register to vote.

The Australian Government knows at this point that whatever decision they make they are going to piss people off on both sides because this is an issue that ruffles a lot of feathers. You have the people saying no to gay marriage going on and on about either the sanctity of marriage (and I would just like to say to any of those making that particular cry, you do realize if you watch TV shows like The Bachelor you are one hell of a hypocrite) or the cliche cry of ‘think of the children’. Then there are the people for it who just want the same rights as every heterosexual couple out there has for marriage. Now me personally I want to see all my friends who want to get married be able to; whether they are gay, straight or otherwise.

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