The life of SonicFox

Black, queer, and a legend of fight gaming. This is the story of SonicFox.

Gay, Black, Non-binary, Champion of fighting games

They are the highest-paid fighting game player in the world. This is SonicFox.

Finding their identity

As a non-binary person, SonicFox, whose real name is Dominique McLean, wants to be referred to as “they.” “Non-binary essentially means you do not identify with either gender. So on the male or female, essentially, spectrum, you kind of identify as like gender neutral. Ever since I came out as non-binary, I get to really explore myself and do all the things that I thought I hated. And that’s because I felt trapped, I had to be like a cis-male and I was like that’s not me.”, they further explained to Brut. Dominique McLean was born in 1998, in Delaware, and started playing video games at an early age. They tell Brut, “The very first time I touched a game was when I was three years’ old. It was Tekken 3 and I just knew I loved video games from that point on. I was kind of like that silly, goofy child growing up. I was just that kind of clown that wanted to make people laugh all the time, sometimes be obnoxious but that comes with the comedy.”

Competing in eSports

At 13, they competed in their first Mortal Kombat tournament. That same year, they started wearing blue fox ears and created their furry character. Originally, furries are an underground community born in the 1980swhose members identify with anthropomorphic animals. In 2014, SonicFox won their first title at EVO, Evolution Championship Series, the most prestigious fighting game competition, in the “Injustice: Gods Among Us” tournament. Shortly after, they were noticed for their unique play style. “As a player, I am pretty calculated randomness is what I’m described as. On paper it looks like I am a maniac but those plays work all the time because they’re calculated maniac points. I don’t think I could ever hurt a fly to be honest. Even internal violence. No, I just like video games and I love fighting games, they’re just fun. There’s no violence.”, SonicFox reveals.

Their influence online and in eSports

Following this, SonicFox won 4 other EVO titles. In high school, Dominique came out to his family and friends. At 20, SonicFox won the “Injustice 2” Pro Series and gave $10,000 of his winnings to his opponent, Curtis "Rewind" McCall, whose father had cancer. In December 2018, after winning eSport Player of the Year at the Game Awards, they took a political stand. A few months later, they came out on Twitter as non-binary. In August 2019, during a 72h-livestream, SonicFox raised $22,000 for The Trevor Project, suicide-prevention organization for LGBTQ+ youth. In December 2019, SonicFox was included in Forbes magazine’s 30 Under 30 list in the Games category.


02/16/2020 11:04 AM


  • Kyle J.
    02/29/2020 21:30

    Jesus christ you people don't even know who he is to us in the gaming community especially in the FGC (fighting game community) he's a living legend to us

  • Mildton C.
    02/25/2020 01:23

    They messed up

  • Moice E.
    02/24/2020 21:24

    They means more than one. Unless we are going to change the English language. Your orientation has nothing to do with your potential. Live your life and stop trying to have others change their vernacular and or nomenclature to suit you. This group think mentality needs to stop.

  • William B.
    02/24/2020 04:03


  • William B.
    02/24/2020 04:03


  • Erma L.
    02/22/2020 04:48

    You are a man that's what you was born,now if you think you can change that go ahead you still a man period... that's why its said to be in the world but not of the world,live

  • Larry J.
    02/22/2020 02:42

    Well I declare.

  • Cornell E.
    02/20/2020 16:57

    I just hate when these situations come up and people say they did it so they could do things they never thought they would be able to do, etc.... you can ALWAYS do anything and everything you want if you set you mind to it. Coming out as gay, trans, etc.... has nothing to do with you reaching your goals in life

  • Nathan K.
    02/18/2020 23:57

    Mental Illness

  • Diane C.
    02/18/2020 05:30


  • Bruce N.
    02/18/2020 04:18

    Despite everything homosexuality ain't natural

  • Steven A.
    02/17/2020 21:05


  • Shirley F.
    02/16/2020 21:21

    Whatever Who You Are .. Just You , Be yourself ! Love yourself First and Believe & Trust Yourself . You Know Your Self-worth , Don’t Let anyone Level you down , Head up ! Walk Away 🌹

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