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"Once there was a woman's restroom that had its heart broken by the cruelty of human beings."

In the City of the Animal, the city legislature has just released an Edict restricting the use of bathrooms "based on biological sex." The women's restroom on the 5th floor of a sleepy downtown skyscraper doesn't think the Edict will have any affect whatsoever on it. That is, until a young trans woman named Astrid bursts into the restroom to seek sanctuary from overzealous police. What happens next will change both of them, and perhaps the liberty of the city itself.

A Bathroom Myth is a completely text-based game--your choices might take you to the inner sanctum of the Musteline Benefactor's court, to a dreamscape where a skyscraper transforms into magical megafauna, to--yes--sentient public restrooms and competing celestial bureaucracies. But more than that, A Bathroom Myth is about queer communities in which people fight to survive, and to love, and to go to the bathroom without being policed.

Pay what you want--all payments will be donated to the Transgender Law Center, an organization that "works to change law, policy and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression." .The game page will be updated often with how much has been raised and donated to TLC.


3 main branches, 7 endings, about 45 minutes-1 hour for full playthrough.

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Anya Johanna DeNiro is the author of the XYZZY award-winning interactive fiction games Solarium and Deadline Enchanter. She is also the author of two short story collections and a novel. Her short fiction has been short-listed for the O. Henry Award and a finalist for the Theodore Sturgeon Award. Besides games written in Twine, she currently writes stories centered around the adventures of trans teenagers. She lives in Minnesota.  Follow her on Twitter at @adeniro.

StatusReleased
PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux, Android
Rating
Rated 3.0 out of 5 stars
(5 total ratings)
AuthorAnya Johanna DeNiro
GenreInteractive Fiction
Made withTwine
TagsFairy Tale, Fantasy, LGBT, Surreal, Text based, Transgender, Twine
Code licenseArtistic License 2.0
Average sessionAbout an hour
LanguagesEnglish
InputsKeyboard, Touchscreen, Smartphone
LinksTwitter

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I am really enjoying the game! The tone is really fitting, the imagery is evocative, and of course I adored the embodiment of the bathroom as a reluctantly law-abiding civil servant who really harbors a lot of sympathy for our heroine.

Also I think I have found a bug, see purple highlight in attached image.

this is like, sick as hell. resisting the urge to like, 'binge' the endings bc i don't want to just skim this so quick it loses all impact. if i wasn't myself a transgendered, you better believe i'd be donating my life savings to this puppy right here. (as is, all my funds are already going to support the trans community. just - one member, specifically. more, on birthdays). this is just so excellent