Pokémon is back with a new entry in the franchise, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. The two versions of the game, available for the Nintendo Switch, bring fans of the beloved handheld game into a new world, with new adventures, and brand new set of Pokémon. The latest trailer highlights all of this.
✔️ New Pokémon
✔️ New Professors
✔️ New trailer
— Pokémon (@Pokemon) June 1, 2022
The premise behind the franchise is that you start off as a young Pokémon trainer determined to catch all of the Pokémon out there, while navigating Pokémon battles with other Pokémon trainers to become a Pokémon master.
Along the way, you catch and train your own team of Pokémon to dominate the competition. And since the release of the first game in the 90s, many more have followed, allowing newcomers and veteran fans to “catch ‘em all” – as the game’s tagline instructs.
Now, the internet is in a frenzy on the new game. Why? Because Pokémon belongs to the LGBTQ community and the reaction to Pokémon Scarlet and Violet proves it.
You have no idea how fierce it is to kick off Pride month with a Scarlet and Violet trailer. Pokémon really said Gay Rights!!
— Cody ❤️Bạn Trai💜 (@DSalCody) June 1, 2022
holy shit guys! Its gay day! Pokemon direct on gay day! that means all the pokemon trainers are gay
— Shenpai (@AeroViro) June 1, 2022
The “gayming” community is small, but mighty. From streaming on Twitch to YouTube gaming reviews, queer folks have created a space where queerness and games collide. And Pokémon makes itself right at home in this space.
And while the pandemonium started a while back, when the announcement of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet was made earlier in the year, the release of this trailer is causing everyone to point out that Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are giving LGBTQ – whether it’s a reach or not.
Bro Scarlet and Violet really named a Pokémon “Lechonk” … they know their target audience is gay millennials and not kids at this point
— joe g (@_joegrundy_) June 1, 2022
Wild Pokemon released a canonically gay pokemon on pridemnth. pic.twitter.com/2oLEWTzzu8
— Daz 🔜 FWA (@DazzleTheCat) June 1, 2022
The new Pokémon professors in Scarlet and Violet are so hot??? Happy Pride to me only pic.twitter.com/1SGbfmPOvQ
— Rocky Ursolino (@rockyursolino) June 1, 2022
pokemon scarlet and violet news tomorrow on the first day of pride month
therefore any new pokemon or NPCs revealed are officially gay 🏳️🌈
sorry i don't make the rules
— Yukke Shou | 🏳️🌈Catboy VTuber🎮 (@ShouYukkeVT) June 1, 2022
It's Gay and Trans Pokemon Scarlet & Violet Day
— Reef 🏳️🌈🏳️⚧️ (@NeonSeaGlass) June 1, 2022
Pokémon Scarlet/ Violet said “Hi Gay” and dropped the hottest professor yet on the first day of pride month. pic.twitter.com/PfbOLY5HE9
— Armand Valdesksksksk (@ArmandTweets) June 1, 2022
Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet news on the first day of #PRIDE and I am perceiving this month to look ✨️great✨️
— 🌙 Kai @ Moved&Dying (@TokyoHowls) June 1, 2022
Today is start of both pride month and the countdown to Pokémon Scarlet/Violet, so I will be incessantly shitposting, this is exciting and I dont apologize pic.twitter.com/2b1ZGVFL1V
— primavera papi 🌺🌻☀️ (@BAEthoven_1770) June 1, 2022
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wow i cant believe they revealed the first bisexual and nonbinary pokemon during pride month pic.twitter.com/p9fpChDIgK
— enzo gabriel enthusiast (1312) (@SimplyCosmic1) June 1, 2022
Did we mention that the trailer release happened on the first day of Pride month? Sounds queer to me.
pokemon scarlet and violet trailer at the start of pride month. a true win for the gays
— Liam/Kiro (@KiroShiro_) June 1, 2022
All we know is that anyone with “gaymer” in their Grindr bio is currently losing it over Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.