A Bathroom Myth
A downloadable game
"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 Regional 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 Ermine Benefactor's court, to a dreamscape where a skyscraper get transformed into an elder goddess, to--yes--sentient public restrooms governed by 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 (minus transaction fees) 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."
Game Release: mid-September
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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.
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