Now because of a couple of threads that have popped up and some reading I've been doing on related subject matter, I'm curious and want to test a theory of mine. For that, I need people who make characters. Seeing as how this is a role playing site, I'm curious to see what people normally do and feel comfortable doing. The poll is not public--so your decision is anonymous. If you want to add further input, here's a few more questions. Please keep in mind this isn't a debate thread and I want everyone to feel comfortable replying, so don't start telling other people how wrong they are, no matter how much you may disagree with them. Be as honest and open as you feel comfortable with. I'll ask a moderator to come in and delete posts if people attempt to debate in here. As such, I'll remain a neutral arbitrator and won't contribute anything beyond perhaps answering my own questions if this thread gets enough attention. Also keep in mind when answering these questions that the topic is about the genders of the characters you make. Beyond that? Answer however you genuinely feel. Do you believe that your political or philosophical beliefs influence your characters and your perception of genders in a fictional setting? Do you believe there are more than two genders (male, female), and do you express this in writing? Have you ever played an LGBT character? Do you currently play any LGBT characters? Can you estimate, roughly, what percentage of characters you play that are LGBT? How much emphasis do you place on your character's gender in the following areas: Physically/Biologically, gender identity, sexuality. Do you feel uncomfortable playing/writing as the opposite biological sex? (IE: If you are a male, do you feel uncomfortable playing females, and vice versa.) Is this restricted solely to carnal activities (ex: sex), or is it simply general discomfort altogether? Do you feel you still need to improve the way you write genders in your characters? Why, or why not? Do you believe that other people fairly portray genders in their characters on average? Why, or why not? If not: Is it out of a sense of ignorance, malevolence, naivety, or something else? Thanks for your time. Here, have a happy ferret to relax. EDIT Changed the question format from bulletpoints to numbers. Now it should be nicer to format answers towards.