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Lengthy post but very important and personal to me to share this pride month 🌈📺👰👰
I was in my last year at university in Australia when my mum started watching Once Upon A Time (although it was already in its 3rd season). We watched together for 1 season until we couldn't stick with it, but I had fallen in love with the epic romance I saw being set up between the hero and the villain (who were two women). I soon found through Tumblr that lots of people felt the same way, in fact, their perceived romance had a name: Swan Queen. It turned out that, according to several polls, Swan Queen was the most beloved relationship on the show, even though it had not come true. I then decided that my 3rd year thesis would be about what Swan Queen really means to its fans, and how it's unfulfilled potential could be a ploy to lure queer audiences. ·
Over on the other side of the world, Emma was one of these shippers as they're called. We had never met but mutually followed a fellow shipper on Tumblr. When a photo was posted by the actors who played these characters, of them both wearing matching sweaters depicting a swan with a crown, fans wanted to know where they could get a copy of the sweater, including me, and later, Emma. Emma's parsed asking where to get the sweater was shared by our mutual Tumblr friend and I provided Emma with a link to buy the sweater online. This was our first conversation. It took place on January 6th 2015; on November 14th that year, we were married.
This weekend just gone, Emma and I went to a comic con in Philadelphia and had the opportunity to meet and speak with one of the actresses from this ship, the only one who had ever publicly acknowledged that the notion of Swan Queen had merit, based on several of the choices made by the creators on the show. Lana acknowledged our sweaters with a bubbly "Swan Queen!", and as we told her about our marriage, and the pivotal role that Swan Queen and those sweaters played, her (already very smiley) face lit up and she congratulated us, listened and talked to us about the Swan Queeners, and she signed that fateful sweater with the words "love wins". ~