Aq-ward Feelings: Discussing the experiences of female and queer Love Live! fans

Love Live! has attracted legions of adoring fans, and you probably won’t be surprised to learn the core target demographic is straight men. So what is it about Love Live that attracts so many female and queer fans? And how do we as female and queer fans feel about being involved in a franchise that nominally accepts us but has not traditionally been for us?