The chat was tear-inducingly awesome. People were congratulating, cheering, offering hugs/support/brunch and generally validating this person's life choices.
I know I live in a special social bubble - most of you reading this live in that bubble with me and make it a place unlike other places, for which I am grateful. But I also live in the world of gaming, which is still awash in sexism, rampant homophobia, and not-particularly-covert racism. To see that people are not all awful examplars of the worst elements of their subculture really made my morning.
I was recently chatting with sovay in LJ comments about liking problematic things. For me, gaming is one of those problematic things I dearly love. Days like today give me hope that it won't always be so.