Ana Valens

Ana Valens is a reporter specializing in online queer communities, marginalized identities, and adult content creation. She is a former Daily Dot staff writer. Her work has appeared at Vice, Vox, Truthout, Bitch Media, Kill Screen, Rolling Stone, and the Toast. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and spends her free time developing queer adult games.

A side by side comparison of the Steam logo and Zoe from Monster Prom, a popular LGBTQ game.

Steam criticized after pulling LGBTQ+ and female protagonist categories

The change could be detrimental to queer developers.

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A blonde woman uses a smartphone in bed.

There’s a better way to be on social media in the pandemic

Logging off is good, but balance is better.

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A remixed image showing the CrewLink logo alongside an Among Us promotional picture.

Among Us is even more addicting with this voice app

What happens when you can play Among Us by chatting with your fellow players?

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An image of a woman holding the Moodbeam One, a wearable surveillance tech device.

This controversial bracelet lets bosses track employees’ moods with the push of a button

It’s surveillance tech for your well-being.

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A logo for Kitsune Tails from Kitsune Games

Kitsune Tails is an explicitly queer throwback to classic platform games

The game is a sapphic love letter to Japanese mythology.

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A side-by-side comparison of the Cyberpunk 2077 cover and the controversial 'Chromanticore' in-game trans model.

Cyberpunk 2077 looms. How am I supposed to deal with it as a trans woman?

There’s no script for this.

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Target Transphobia

Target restocked a transphobic book because of money—not ‘censorship’

Target is transphobic only cares about the most expensive voice in the room.

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Fall Guys Untitled Goose Game Skin

How to get the new Fall Guys Untitled Goose Game skins

Honk Honk.

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Bari Weiss Transphobic

Conservatives freak out after Target pulls transphobic book (updated)

They’re crying ‘censorship.’

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Donald Trump Exit Polls White Women

Trump did better with white women in 2020’s exit polls. Why?

You guessed it: racism.

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Taylor Small Vermont

Taylor Small leads potentially historic night for trans politicians

She’s one of many trans politicians on the ballot tonight.

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Bridgefy App Protest

Bridgefy blew up during the Hong Kong uprising. Should Americans use it, too?

What happens if the internet goes down?

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Cyberpunk 2077 Trans Voices

Cyberpunk 2077 is coming. Remember to listen to trans people about its problems

Trans voices should be centered. Why aren’t they?

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Amy Coney Barrett Arielle Scarcella

Amy Coney Barrett highlights the rise of fascist, ex-liberal women

It’s a pipeline with far-right funding behind it.

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Apple Watch Sex Activity Calories

The Apple Watch tracks calories burned during sex. What does that mean for data privacy?

Apple values privacy. But is it enough?

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