First, this is a book for any Historian/GM/DM/Keeper and while focused on the G&P World. This LGBTQ+ Ally was interested in the item as it's an area that needs more materials to make RPGs even more welcoming to everyone. As a player for 40 years, it's been frustrating to see various efforts to milk toast fantasy and historic fantasy RPGs. Equally frustrating for someone who is an adjunct history teacher, is the continual dismissal of LGBTQ+ in any historical, actual or fantasy, context as "completely unrealistic." Lilith comes out swinging and GOD BLESS THEM for doing so with this retort: "That, apparently, LGBT people started in 1969 when Elton John dropped his first album and before that no one of note in history was every LGBT and no country or region was every supportive of LGBT people." I would insert one of those "100% this" Gifs right here, because apparently RPGs have a demonstrated past of a "Queer-washed" and I will go further washed white, milk-toast concept of history, historic fantasy that like history, and public memory of it, needs to end. History, like life, is more complicated than simple two column boxes, and the gaining industry from miniatures, board games, war gaming, rpgs, and reenacting needs to make this a priority must change. Lilith, thanks for doing this in G&P.
Second, Lilith brings their full game to this essay. This essay is a wit-filled read that I highly recommend. I quoted above the 1969 origin story and that is just a start. With two LGBTQ+ kids, I gotta say this is an essay that strike out RPG and gaming, and you could give this to any group working on inclusion. Plus, it is a damn good read, despite the fact that it was not sent "into the Manager of LGBT affairs for review." That one still has me chuckling after reading it three times btw. As a historian, we constantly come across the "roommates" or "dear/good/life-long friends" as an explanation as to why two non-heterosexual adults spent their lives together. Again, a milk-toasting of history. From the ancient worlds of China, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Nubia, Greece, Rome, Celtia and beyond, the human experience has included LGBTQ individuals This essay reiterates that and honestly the "What does LGBTQ mean?" and "Sexuality is a Spectrum and is Weird" should be assigned reading everywhere. Read it and you will learn something, yes, there are other articles other essays about the same thing - podcasts from Dan Savage to articles in Psychology Today - got it, but read this too.
Third, this is an essay that covers playing the game for the love the game. That if someone is getting so hung up on gender or genitals, then it's probably worth having a discussion about how they can deal with dragons, demons, orcs, or witches and clerics, but not an LGBTQ+ character or NPC. Put another way, DUDE - roll the damn dice or find the door, although I think Lilith did this a lot nicer and with more explanation. But the translation is just that damn simple. If "history" is one hyper heterosexual actors, usually white unless they were great generals, and usually men, then that person is not talking history they are talking a Victorian mythology that needs to be left in the past with cholera. Lilith's nine examples of LGBTQ+ in history, under the title of "How Gay Was History?," helps emphasize that history has been inclusive in that history includes everyone - the people and their stories are there, you just have to look and SEE them. By the way, search social media (Twitter & IG) for historic artwork on many of the nine themes Lilith shared. Hashtags and historians have a tendency to work together - explore them and create some visual context for the well-presented ideas Lilith offered.
Finally, remember that DUDE above, ok, Lilith goes into some frank talk on how to be that DUDE. As a guy, I will say, it's always a DUDE - get over it and don't come at me, cause IT'S ALWAYS A DUDE. That said every Historian/GM/DM/Keeper needs to read, and as I did reread, the "Not Cool Dude" section on the troupes to avoid with succinct explanations of why they are part of the continuing problem - you will instantly recognize a group of them have been used and misused by Hollywood from Will & Grace to sadly to say an episode of Lovecraft Country. But, it's worth the read and the read followed by a good deal of thought and contemplation on the entire essay. Doing so will be a great start and part of the effort to make the gaming table, if not the larger place you live in, a bit more open so that everyone can be part of the fun of tossing dice and playing out the character they want to be.