I usually post this thing at the beginning of the month but as a few of you might have noticed, I’ve been MIA. But that hasn’t stopped me from going around the wordpress community and checking out my fellow OWLS posts and I think we’ve hit another home run! So far everyone’s posts have been great and you should all check them out if you haven’t already
For this month, here was our topic:
June is known as “Pride Month” within the LGBT & Queer communities in honor of the Stonewall Riots that occurred at the end of June in 1969. At OWLS, we strongly support individuals who are part of the LGBT & Queer communities as well as individuals who are struggling with their sexual orientation or gender identity.
As the Chief Creative Officer, this was a difficult creative assignment for me because I don’t identify with any of these terms, but I have friends who do and I know some of my other OWLS bloggers may have friends and family that are part of the LGBT and Queer communities as well. And so, I wanted this theme to show our love and support to them as well as allow some of my fellow blogging members who identify (or don’t identify) with specific gender terms to freely express themselves on this month’s topic.
Therefore, June’s topic is “Team.” I picked the word “Team” because it functions in two ways: 1) allows individuals to show their support to the LGBT & Queer communities and 2) allows LGBT & Queer communities to express their love to whoever they want.
So for the “Team” topic, we will be discussing our favorite LGBT & Queer characters in anime and other pop culture related media, the impact of the yaoi and yuri genre within LGBT & Queer communities, our personal stories involving gender/sexual orientation, and etc.
-Lyn, OWLS’ Chief Creative Officer
The quantity of posts was low this month but you bet we made up for it in quality. Like always, there are spoilers to the shows we’re discussing and this time we all ended up sharing a few personal stories
6/6: For the team – Free! & My Swim Story | OWLS “Team” by Takuto (Anime Cafe Host)
6/12: The Poor Perception of Male Crossdressers in Japanese Media – OWLS June Blog Tour | Team by Remy (Remy Fool)
6/16: OWLS Team Tour: When We Fetish Yaoi by Kat (Grimm Girl)
6/19: Redefining the Rotten Fandom of the Rotten Yaoi Genre by Arria (Fujinsei)
6/21: [OWLS Blog Tour] It Just Is: Relationships Don’t Always Need Labels by Naja (Nice Job Breaking It, Hero)
6/22: [OWLS Blog Tour: “TEAM”] Crona Gorgon: Soul Eater by Zoe (Let’s Talk Anime)
6/25: Yuri Anime and Manga: Validating Lesbian Relationships as Real (June OWLS Blog Tour) by Rai (Rai’s Anime Blog)
6/26: Defining Your Own Identity (Owls June Blog Tour) by Lita (Lita Kino Anime Corner)
6/29: Stephanie Clarke (Anime Girls NYC)
Also, I mention that my post might be unofficial because I was MIA for so long. Either way here it is: OWLS Team (unofficial?) Blog Tour: When A Family Needs to Work Together to Make It Function