Gracie in Animal Crossing: New Leaf

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Gracie is a recurring giraffe character in the Animal Crossing series that works as a high end fashion designer. Starting in the original Animal Crossing, Gracie is named “Grace” in the Japanese version and is also identified as male by the official Japanese website for Animal Crossing: City Folk. Gracie’s Japanese profile further notes “Oh, and just so you know, Grace is a he!” in the description. However, in the English localization of the game, similar to Blanca and Saharah, Gracie is a female character with no mention of male pronouns or a more masculine name. As Brian Ashcraft notes in this Kotaku article however, Saharah has always been changed to female in Western localizations. Some fans have read this to mean that she is either a transgender woman in non-Japanese titles or a very feminine gay man in the Japanese release.

LGBTQ References in this game series:

Animal Crossing (2001): BlancaGracieJuliaSaharah

Animal Crossing: Wild World (2005): Mentions of Same-Sex RelationshipsOpposite-Gender Haircuts

Animal Crossing: New Leaf (2012): Crossdressing and Gender ExpressionIsabelleVillager Flirting

Animal Crossing: New Horizons (2020): CJ and FlickMentions and Queer ReadingsRemoval of Gender Choice


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