During the Covid-19 pandemic in July this year Birmingham based Tom Buckle (He/Him) launched an online queer media store that specialises in LGBTQ+ comics, books & films with own voice authors and protagonists.
Who are Proud Geek?
Proud Geek is a specialist retailer of LGBTQ+ entertainment and media. They offer a wide selection of new and catalogued LGBTQ+ titles over the past 25 years.
Built out of a spare bedroom in Birmingham, UK, Proud Geek’s aim is to be a one stop shop for everything geeky that’s LGBTQ+ centric: from sapphic fiction, to trans superheroes, to gay teen coming of age classics.
“Proud Geek was set up to help promote great titles, well-produced films, unknown gems and obscure queer media that you’re going to fall in love with. To showcase films where queer-coded characters don’t suffer, but thrive. Where people can find content created specifically for them. Where parents can find literature to help them understand gender dysphoria. Where everyone can find a superhero that they can identify with.”– Tom Buckle, creator of Proud Geek.
LGBTQ+ representation in the media
Over the last few years there has been an influx of queer cinema, literature and art – with many creators producing their own work independently. However, there are very few places where LGBTQ+ people can go to find media which represents them. Many of which aren’t currently accessible due to the pandemic.
“I think it’s important for us as members of the LGBT+ community to see ourselves in the content we consume.”
”Growing up gay was hard. Finding LGBT+ representation in media was even harder. I’ve been collecting queer cinema for the past 15 years and have always found it difficult to get hold of specific titles, so I created a space where they’re all under one (virtual) roof.”– Tom Buckle, creator of Proud Geek.
LGBTQ+ representation within the media whether it be in film, fiction, art or on our tv screens has always been a rarity. This is why Proudly began, so we can give businesses like Proud Geek a platform to showcase their innovative ideas and help cotribute in anyway we can.
Proudly urges all our readers to check out this new and exciting LGBTQ+ online media store. If you would like more information about the incredible work at Proud Geek, please visit Proud Geek’s website by clicking here.
About Proud Geek: Proud Geek is an online LGBTQ+ shop with a focus on queer comics, books and films.
Owned and run out of his home in Birmingham, Owner, Tom Buckle created Proud Geek after realising there was no online space for LGBTQ+ people to find entertainment and media designed for them.
Proud Geek has curated a growing list ofqueer titles that appeal to every sector of the LGBTQ+ community, with new titles regularly.