Alexandra, who came out as a trans woman four years ago, helps guide Nat as she decides whether or not she is also a trans woman. It's a model for putting the story first and making the sexes of the characters almost incidental, which is something I'm especially pleased to see. What sets Artifice apart -- you may already have guessed -- is that both the machine and his love interest are male. Deacon and Jeff are arguably seme and uke -- Deacon is older, stronger and has short hair, while Jeff is young, vulnerable and has long hair -- but the story does not belabor those archetypes. The uke is the object of romantic or erotic pursuit, and is usually slender and androgynous. An action-adventure modern fantasy story with an entire cast of queer characters, starring a gay trans girl and her weird friends!
Yaoi allows both authors and readers to explore sexual power dynamics without confusing them with traditional gender dynamics.
Eric Bittle is in college, gay, and an ice hockey player, having to navigate a crush on Jack, the Team Captain! Often the product of a single cartoonist, webcomics offer a unique opportunity to showcase the queer community in all its glory. As a gay man, I am not the intended audience for yaoi, but I find the genre fascinating. Share on Twitter Share on Facebook.