I freaking love being a queer geek girl (even if I’m often reluctant to admit that I’m a nerd). Just a quick warning, I’m going to use geek and nerd interchangeably here for a minute even though I know nerds will tell me they’re different things. I’m talking about the people who make up fandoms, the people who unabashedly love the things they love and dedicate their social media accounts to coming up with headcanons and theories and fanart, the people who are unironically enthusiastic. Queer nerds and geeks are most of my favorite people. They’re hopeful and optimistic, they’re creative, they’re resilient and they’re cool. There are lots of great things about being a queer nerd, but maybe the best is that you get to be friends with other queer nerds. They’re really the best people. And they make great merch. Here’s just a sampling of some of the amazing queer nerds and geeks I get to call friends (and some I wish I could call friends.)
Kate LethIf there’s anyone who has a more legitimate claim at the title of Queen of the Nerds, it’s my bisexual hero, Kate Leth. I think literally every nerd of every gender that I know is at least a little bit in love with her, and I know that all of us are in love with the enamel pins, stickers and shirts that she makes. I know as a proud bisexual woman I love her Bisexual Feelings shirt and Bi stickers, and I wear her San Junipero pin all the time and want a bunch of her other ones.
Buffering the Vampire SlayerHave you seen nerds wearing these tees or that Muscle Tank? They always look so great! If you want me to get a crush on you, maybe wear the Awooo Baseball tee with the Awooo Pom Hat and the Cordette Enamel Pin and tell me about why you like Anya. Also, we’ve got a special Autostraddle exclusive discount code for 10% off with the code BEEPME, just for you!
Cameron Esposito and Rhea ButcherYou might be saying, “but Mey, these two are too cool to be nerds!” But I say to you, get them talking about haircuts or action and science fiction movies or baseball and they become instant nerds. Whether you want to show your fandom by buying and listening to their comedy albums, or by wearing their shirts, you’re gonna look nerdy either way.
Also! Cameron and Rhea are releasing a brand new live comedy album Back to Back, that is the first comedy album by a wife/wife pair! Both of these people are hilarious and I can’t even imagine how funny this album will be. Plus, you can preorder it and get a t-shirt or buttons!
I LOVE Backstagers: beautiful art (check), sweet, supernatural story (check), soft, queer boys (check, check, several checks). Basically what I’m saying is, if I was currently employed and not trying to keep the money I saved from my internship over the summer from running out before Christmas, I happily would be descending into #PinHell
Love love LOVE Backstagers! One of the best comics to come out this year IMHO
This is great stuff-but the links lead to their twitters and not their shops? So I had to do a bit of hunting for the shops, and for a few I couldn’t even find a shop.
You know what-I figured it out. My Bad!
oh my gosh that queer cat pin!
I neeeeed that San Junipero pin! Also gonna check out Jen Bartel now.
Thank you Mey!!! I just spent waaaayyy too much time on Isabella Rotmans Website/online store and want all the things…it’s a witchy queer heaaaaveeeen (too bad that I’m poor *agressively hoards coins like a dragon*)
Omg I love all of Jen Bartel’s stuff! I just want it all! <3
Superb list. Truly outstanding Item selection. Great job, Mey
Is it just me that objects to the ‘Scratch our Nazis’ sticker? Also, having read https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2017/11/senator-al-franken-accused-sexual-assault-la-newscaster/ before this, I thought the ‘Breast Stroke Expert’ pin somewhat ironic.
I’m not sure why anyone would object to a scratch out Nazis sticker?
Is it just me that finds the “breast stroke specialist” pin kind of in poor taste? I mean, given everything that’s being talked about in the media re: sexual abuse?