I’m not sure what to make of this! On the one hand, I’ve been around this property pretty much my entire conscious gaming life. I would in no way consider any aspect of sexuality to be part of it; except for some minor references in some shitty novels the WH40K universe is entirely sexless. But the author makes a compelling argument that a confluence of aesthetics makes WH40K fabulously queer. The intentionality of this is left to the reader to decide.
And then there’s the worrying celebration of cartoon fascism baked into the property, which I think is sometimes reflected by its fans. Not always! But I’ve met my share of infantile bodybuilder-gamers who are, essentially, perpetual Space Marine cosplayers and have grown up to become infantile alt-right supporters. I’ll leave analysis of their stunning lack of awareness of the homoerotic (sub?)text to other armchair psychologists.
Shit gets so weird when adults project adult values onto properties for children (created by adults). The central creators of the 40K universe might actually be cryptofascists! Or they may just be perpetual man-children tapping into the same power fantasy palette as their man-child cryptofascist fans.
Anyway, these aren’t even the points really brought up in the article. I think there’s a call for gamers with progressive/queer values to express their engagement with these properties on their own terms. I can totally get behind that.