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Dash Pride by timsplosion Dash Pride by timsplosion
"So shine your light so bright that all can see,
Take pride in being whoever the fuck you want to be"

- from "What If Punk Never Happened" by The King Blues

"Sometimes it's like an uphill climb, 
But I'm right by your side,
And that's what we call pride."
- from "Pride" by Grace Petrie

I couldn't decide between the Grace Petrie and King Blues song quotes, so I just chose both instead. I feel a lil out of touch with the brony fandom these days - is Rainbow Dash still the LGBT flag bearer character in the fandom? I remember the early days where she was just assumed to be the one character who was definitely gay while everyone else was debatable, hence the "shipping Rainbow Dash with everyone but the kitchen sink (until someone actually did that)" thing. Either way, I figured if anyone of the mane six was going to take up the issue of LGBT rights, it would be the one who's signature move is creating a massive rainbow.
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Hyginustus Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2018  Student
Even Hitler or Mao Zedong?
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timsplosion Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2018  Professional Filmographer
Do you ask that every self worth/esteem meme comes with a "unless you're a piece of shit" addendum? I feel like that would rather defeat the point.
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Hyginustus Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2018  Student
without this you would justify being pride in being Mao Zedong.
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timsplosion Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2018  Professional Filmographer
But neither of us is fucking Mao, so it's irrelevant and pedantic.
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Hyginustus Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2018  Student
How do you know i am not the Reincarnation of Mao?
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timsplosion Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2018  Professional Filmographer
Well, I don't really believe in reincarnation. Just in case though, can you not do the whole "repressive authoritarianism" thing this time? And maybe don't kill all the insects that pollinate your crops causing a famine that kills millions?
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Hyginustus Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2018  Student
I meant it figuratively.
Like having Mao as a role model and do the same thing he did.
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timsplosion Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2018  Professional Filmographer
Ignore the first sentence of my previous comment and read it again then.
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toohot17 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Considering the LGBT community doesn't own rainbows, her representing gay pride is ridiculous. I'm a tomboy who loves rainbows. Does that mean I'm gay?! :O
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Scyphi Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I dunno, I always thought the fact that because she happened to be born with a rainbow mane made it stereotyping a bit, but hey, that's just me. It's a matter I generally stay out of anyway--plenty of other more qualified people to discuss it than I. :)
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karkovice1 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2018
Some bronies still think she's gay, AFAIK(I've been out of the loop myself lately).

IMNSHO, though, I think she's straight.
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StrandedGeek Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2018
Laurn Faust stated very early on in the series that RD was not intended to be gay her sexuality is not really a factor . There were some people who believed she was based solely on negative stereotypes. She's a tomboy whose all rough and tumble, athletic & happens to have rainbows. THAT'S IT! However in many cases she does tend to let her girly side show. Her one complaint about her gala dress was not because it was too girly but wanting it to be aerodynamic for her to fly in. She fan girls squees in "The best night ever" over finally getting meet the Wonderbolts. If any thing she doesn't like to show feels over something "sappy" because of her pride and not wanting to look "lame or uncool". 

I could go on but really Rainbow Dash being a Les is just one fan interpretation of her character. I wouldn't give her the title of "the Flag of the LGBT community" because that is about as true as her being a Power Rangers & Skittles fan.
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timsplosion Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2018  Professional Filmographer
Fair enough. I suppose it's the nature of a show that gets to run for 9 seasons that the simplistic fan interpretations from the early days eventually get analysed and deconstructed by the fandom as it grows and as the show has more time to give characters nuance. Fans gonna interpret however they want, I suppose. Being a bit more distant from the fandom, I guess I got stuck with the early days mentalities and fanons as my assumptions for how other people look at the characters. Though given that pridefulness is still one of the core parts of her personality, I could still see her gladly endorsing a "Take pride in yourself" message without having the LGBT connotations involved in it. But yeh, I accept that a fandom of this size and age probably doesn't have the unified interpretations it once used to.
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01100001-01110010 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
 LGBT rights of what?

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brony fandom these days - is Rainbow Dash still the LGBT flag bearer character in the fandom?"
what about 
 lyra and bon bon?

www.youtube.com/watch?v=njlUdy…
youtu.be/gc-QZsiG2ms?t=128
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timsplosion Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2018  Professional Filmographer
Right to use the bathroom, right to not have their murderers granted leniency on the basis of their gender or sexuality, the right to not be considered criminals or even put to death or rounded into camps for who they are (because not every LGBT person is in Europe or the Americas), the right to adopt (only granted in 26 countries out of the 193 recognised by the UN) the right to adequate healthcare. I could go on, probably dig up some hate crime statistics too, but we were talking mainly about legal rights and human rights and such. I will definitely acknowledge that in more countries than at any other previous time in human history, it's never been better to be LGBT, but it's naive to consider the job done just yet.

And yeh, I forgot that bit of the episode! :XD: I suppose that's probably as close to canon as an LGBT relationship is going to get in My Little Pony this side of 2020, probably. So yeh, that's a valid point.
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01100001-01110010 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
0.i don't bother with 1st world problems where go pee pee or pooh pooh.
1.For the Gay Panic Defense = is just called assault, just buy a gun or carry a weapon. I don't care who you are, just long as don't start trouble or in self defense.
2.You don't see that the 1st world country no longer punish gays ,but the 3rd world still killed, murder, and, punish gays. Do you why?, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, and, Syria have in common?, 
because of radical Islam.
3.You have to realize that not ever health clinic have trained to help trans or transtrender, have to face facts that they're small minority within the last 7 years, also these people don't under stand that they post to know a 
where is specialist if they're transitioning.
 PS- word :D
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