A black furry video game player has won the Dragon Ball FighterZ title at the 2018 Evolution Championship Series – and instantly announced he was gay.

Earlier this year, a video game was released which helps people to understand what it’s like to have gender dysphoria – but like most industries, there is still a great deal of progress to be made.



After Dominique “SonicFox” McLean cemented his fourth Evo title on Sunday, in front of hundreds of thousands of people at the Las Vegas event and online, he took his phone out and tweeted: “im gay.

“Also the best dbfz player on this f**king planet dont forget it.”

Furries are people who enjoy dressing up in animal costumes, and McLean showed off his true self by putting on his blue fox head which he uses to demonstrate his furry persona (fursona) before he tweeted.

A total of 2,575 entered the Dragon Ball FighterZ section of the tournament, but the 20-year-old gamer triumphed over them all – and did it without hiding any part of who he is.

LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 04: Dominque 'SonicFox' McClean participates in tournament play during day two of EVO 2018 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on August 4, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Joe Buglewicz/Getty Images)
The 20-year-old didn’t hide any part of himself (Joe Buglewicz/Getty)

For his fans, it was a moment of celebration – both for his win, and for the loud and proud way in which he marked it.

One wrote: “No but really. A young man wins one of the highest-profile video game events in the world, and with history and hundreds of thousands watching he announces (rather, reminds everyone) that he’s gay.

“That IS some powerful stuff. Imagine being a young queer kid and seeing that.”

Another said: “sonicfox winning at evo and then immediately putting on a fursuit head and tweeting ‘im gay’ is so important for the culture.”

“250k people just watched a gay black furry be the most dominant player in one of the most exciting fighting games out right now.

“What a time to be alive. live your very best life SonicFox,” yet another fan wrote.

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Speaking to ESPN, he said: “The more fame that I have, the more I realise, why should I care what people think about me when I can just be me?

“That’s how I made my brand: You should just always be yourself and there will always be people who will like you.”

LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 05:  Dominique "SonicFox" McLean celebrates after winning the DragonBall FighterZ Grand Championship during EVO 2018 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on August 5, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Joe Buglewicz/Getty Images)
McLean after winning the championship (Joe Buglewicz/Getty)

And he indicated that he’ll be proudly displaying his gay, black, furry self on stages for many years to come, saying: “The greatest part is I’m not even in my prime yet.

“So I still have [a lot of time] ahead of me.”

LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 04:  Dominque 'SonicFox' McClean participates in tournament play during day two of EVO 2018 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on August 4, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Joe Buglewicz/Getty Images)
McLean in action, playing with his furry tail on (Joe Buglewicz/Getty)

Last year, Nintendo Switch game Splatoon 2 was flooded with messages of support for transgender and non-binary players.

And in November, it was revealed that the European Union was funding the development of a video game to help tackle racist, homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying.




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