Woo! Aww ya, it’s National LGBT Pride Month, and I’m so excited! Colorful flags, parades, educational events, and lots of amazing, diverse people out there not afraid to show off their love for themselves and others! It’s a wonderful time!
Hey everyone! Mastress Alita here, and I’m back as your hostess for another year of Sims Pride! If you missed out the festivities last year, then fear not! This year features a whole new selection of photo submissions that highlight just how much diversity there is within our Simming community, amongst Simmers and their Sim creations alike! Here at Sims Pride, all walks of the sexual orientation and gender-identity spectrum are more than welcome, so expect to see lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders, gender-queers, agenders, intersexuals, asexuals, pansexuals, the polyamorous, those still questioning their orientation or gender identity, any other queer-identifying individuals, and heterosexual allies of the community taking part!
I know that for many in the LGBTQQIAAPP community, it can be hard to find that inner love, and to take pride in who you are and share that love and pride with others, especially when you may not be feeling that love and pride back from others — family, friends, the cultural norms of the area where you live, or even your current government. Just remember to stay strong, Kindness Warriors! Whenever you feel downtrodden, look at the amazing community of strong, beautiful, diverse, loving, and accepting people we’ve built together, and know that you never have to feel alone. That is what is at the heart of Pride, and why you should never let the love and pride for who you are stop burning strong!
…Oh? What’s that, Casanova? Do I have any treats? Oh, oooooooooh! You think we should get this show started, don’t you? Sorry, so hard to hear you properly over all this noise! Excellent idea!
Without further ado, I’m so excited and pleased to welcome you all to our second annual Sims Pride photo parade! I hope you all enjoy these beautiful, diverse Sims taking pride in who they are! All Sims will be named from left to right, and if a higher resolution version of the image is available, just click on the image! Enjoy!
All right, let’s get this Sims Pride parade started! Come, faithful Ally-corn, let it be known, Mastress Alita, proud aromantic asexual, and author of several LGBTQ+ themed short stories and Sims photographs at Sim Stories: Hijinks from the World of Sims 3, doth proclaims Sims Pride across all of Simslandia!
First up we have McCoy Kleos from The Kleos Famacy by ginnymalfoy22! McCoy, a Generation Nine spare, was assigned-male-at-birth but now identifies as agender and uses they/them pronouns!
Next we have Kyle Martin and K.C. Wright from Soulmate by Rosie, a romance story featuring this adorable homosexual couple!
Here we have little Destinee and proud parent Taylor from Sigourney Barriere’s Floyd Random Challenge. Taylor is genderfluid, uses them/they pronouns, is bisexual, and according to Sigourney Barriere, “Taylor was my favorite Sim for a long time.” They married the Generation Two heir, Jaxen, who is also bisexual. Daughter Destinee, shown here as an infant, discovered she is homosexual as a young adult and opened up to her parents about her sexuality. That’s excellent, Destinee!
Next up we have Chloe and Alexa, bisexuals, and Max, an asexual, submitted by simmreaper, author of Simmreaper’s Blog! So much Pride, I love those flag backdrops!
This cute couple is Ratcliffe and Clayton from Disney Sims Neighborhood by MadameLee! Ratcliffe is bisexual and has two daughters from two previous relationships with ladies before settling into his current relationship with husband Clayton, who is homosexual. Congrats, you two!
Allow me to introduce Elsanine, a pansexual fae, and Arcturus Fenelon, a gay vampire, from ValoisFulcanelli’s The Madness of Mr. Goth! According to ValoisFulcanelli, this is “Quite the controversial pairing within the supernatural world of the Veil which they both inhabit, since one is a healer and sworn to preserve life and the other brings death in order to survive. I’ve not really fleshed out their story (such as it is) but they have been together for thousands of years, and are utterly devoted to each other.” Daaaaaaaaaaw!
This stunning lesbian couple, Zana Roberts and Finley Duff, are courtesy of Jazen’s Kiss of a Vampire! According to Jazen, “Finley and her girlfriend Zana met in high school. They started out as friends but soon realized it was more than that. They came out quite by accident when Finley’s step-dad walked in on them making out, an embarrassing situation for all parties. The picture of them is from their senior prom. They have since grown up, but remain a very happy couple.” Congrats!
This lovely collage features Alex Day and Knight Richardson Day from Day and Knight by pammiechick! According to pammiechick, “Alex fell in love with Knight before he transitioned all the way. He was a transgender male but went through surgery and hormones transitioning to a male. Knight was straight until he found out his true orientation through his romance with Alex. He is a gay man.” They are a beautiful couple!
Here we have Simself SilentWolf101, author of Heartbeats, featured with Sim Eleanore Fossfield! SilentWolf101 says that she is bisexual with a slight preference for guys! She seems to be quite happy here with Eleanore, who is also bisexual.
Next up is Avery and Joe, a gay couple submitted by thuggishsplicer, author of Gamer’s Corner! Thuggishsplicer claims, “Avery and Joe are very old characters, but I did love this proposal.” I love it too!
Featured here are Andi Ashworth and Suranne Ashworth, siblings from Charliimai’s short story Ashworth Rose. Andi is an asexual transgender, and Suranne is a heterosexual supportive ally! Congrats on your transition Andi, and congrats on being accepting and supportive, Suranne! It means the world!
This adorable couple is Blake and Tate from Rainydayz179’s Whim Challenge. Tate, bisexual, is the Second Generation heir of the challenge. He was a player in his youth with many boyfriends and girlfriends before settling down with Blake, who is gay. They had three children together using Tate’s exes as surrogates. According to Rainydayz179, she was very attached to this couple: “When it was time for them to pass on it was too difficult; using death flowers and youth potions they had a bit more time with their grandchildren. Once they did pass on I was so heartbroken I have barely played the challenge since.” Awww.
Here we have Stuart Albert, a bisexual Sim from After the Wedding by Pegasus143/makplays!
This lesbian couple is courtesy of AuroraLockwood, author of This is UNEQUIVOCALLY us!: A Series of Blog Styled Stories! Here we have Silvia and Molly, Sims from a current household that are not featured in a story. They look so happy, daydreaming about each other!
Here we have Jenny Trevalyn, a.k.a. Jazz Deon, from CathyTea’s Shift, a non-binary asexual! According to Jazz, “I like the signs on the bathroom doors. Girl and Boy, Boy and Girl. It’s not an either-or-world. It’s both|and. And more. Both|and is more than two. It creates something new…
“I feel like by my being non-binary, I’m setting down new pathways for other people like me to follow. I hope it helps others when they see me. When they look at me and wonder, ‘Is that a boy or a girl?’ I hope they stop for a moment and say, ‘Why does it have to be one or the other?’ Leave it undefined.”
Thank you for your enlightening words, Jazz!
This cute couple is Laurel Grisby and Ari Moore from RipuAncestor’s The Chrysanthemum Tango and Pen Pal Project side story Letters to Emily. They haven’t specifically mentioned their orientations, but they’re very open about being in love and attracted to each other, and have been in a relationship since their high school prom. They recently got married. Congrats, you two!
Here we have Charlie Corleonsi, a lesbian from TheGeekGamez’s We Could Change It All: An Apocalypse Challenge, and TheGeekGamez herself, a bisexual! I have to say, TheGeekGamez, I’m totally digging that “Bisexual and still not into you” shirt!
Next up is Harley Velasco, a transfeminine transgender Sim from The Velasco Legacy by peatock/losebetter, illustrated by the author, and I have to say she is one gorgeous Generation Six spare!
Returning to Sims Pride from last year is the beautiful Bobbie, a transgender from Simtropolis: Windenburg Edition by OJenn! According to OJenn, “She identifies as pansexual mainly due to her open-mindedness when it comes to choosing partners. Male or female or even trans, she feels that it’s the person that counts and not the gender.”
Here we have father and son, Thomas and Sebastian from Disney Legacy: The Blancs by swcheppes! According to swcheppes, “This was the moment right after Sebastian told his father Thomas that he was gay. He was worried how his father would react.”
His response? “I love you! You’re one of the most special things in my life, nothing’s going to change that. It doesn’t matter who you love, girl, boy, alien, all that matters is they treat you how you deserve to be treated.”
That is fantastic! I’m so happy for you Sebastian, for being honest and open with your family, and that you still have their love and support!
This gorgeous wedding scene features Marcus Sellby and Aaron Izmir from ajaxpost’s Let’s Play series Living Off the Land! Aaron has always been attracted to men, and Marcus loves Aaron simply because of the person he is! According to ajaxpost, “Aaron was human when he met Marcus, but shortly before the wedding he ate a forbidden fruit and transformed into a PlantSim! Marcus was a little surprised, but his love for Aaron was not diminished, for although Aaron looked rather different he was the same person that Marcus had fallen in love with.”
Back with us for another year is Simsophonique, author and Simself star of Miss V Detective, and this year she’s brought her friends, Miley Brunel, Bearanne Ortiz, Vanessa Cruz, and Ryan Demuro! They are bringing the Ace Pride this year, with Simsophonique herself somewhere in the cupiosexual/demisexual/gray ace side of the asexual spectrum (“Hard to really define,” says Simsophonique, and hey… there is nothing wrong with that!) She also apologizes for the lack of cake (also forgiven!) Those Ace flags look great!
And our final submission comes from rednenemon/Senna, author of The Racket-Rotter Chronicles, Part Deux! In this impressive group we have Sinbad, bisexual; Shark, gay; Dennis, bi-curious and ally; Blaise, bi; Marc, pansexual and polyamorous; and Harwood, pansexual!
Wooooooooo, what a fantastic Sims Pride! As usual, I’m continually blown away by all the beauty, creativity, and diversity this community has to offer, and it deserves to be recognized! I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did!
Thanks so much to all those Simmers that took the time to submit a photo to Sims Pride! Without the contributions of the community, this event wouldn’t be possible, so it means the world! I really hope to see you back next June for another Sims Pride! Feel free to spread the word; we had a slightly smaller turnout this year compared to last year, but I’d really love to see Sims Pride continue to grow and become something the community looks forward to every June!
Remember, Sims Pride is a time to share your own love, support, pride, and bonds of community, as well as promote education and awareness, so if anyone has any questions or personal stories they’d like to share about being part of the LGBTQQIAAPP community, stories about their LGBTQ+ Sims, or links to recommended Sim stories out there that feature favorite LGBTQ+ characters or themes, feel free to share them in the comments!
Thanks for another great Sims Pride, everyone! Hope to see you again next year! Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go find my cat… I’m not sure if he got abducted by the lesbian “Pussies 4 Life” float, or if he went chasing after a Drag Queen wearing a twelve-foot long feather boa…
CASANOVAAAAAAAAA! Here kitty– pffffff, ugh, glitter bomb right in the mouth!