Last week, a community of LGBT video game lovers – or ‘gaymers’ – congregated in what is thought to have been the world’s first ever virtual Pride parade. With LGBT equality edging its way into the virtual as well as the real world, Outrising Reporter Craig Storrie looks at the progression of sexual and gender diversity in a rapidly evolving industry…
Ever since the ability to marry off your chosen character first appeared in video game form in 1998s Fallout 2, the gay gaming community has wanted the exact same virtual rights as we should have in real life. This is the right to date, marry and have children with another person of the same sex. These days nearly every game that allows players to be intimate with another character gives them the option of being able to do so with either the same or the opposite sex. Sure, some of the choices are limited, but that’s just like real life; you can’t pick and choose who is gay, bi, straight or otherwise. In a strange way, the gay community seems to be much more accepted in the video game world than it is in real life… Read more.
The editor of an online heavy metal magazine has spoken out against homophobia in the music genre.
Tom Dare, commissioning editor of Terrorizer magazine, said in a blog post that homophobia is ‘horrible in all its forms’ and that it is frequently the first stone to be thrown at any metal band that sing about love – and even girls.
“We, the metalhead community, have been throughout our history, even to this day, [being] ****ing rubbish at challenging [homophobia],” he writes. ”At saying “you like metal? You’re in. Who you fancy doesn’t matter.” We need to fix this. For our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer family…” Read more.
Emily Rios, star of TV’s Breaking Bad and The Bridge has come out as gay.
In an interview at TCA’s FX day, the actress spoke of her love for her The Bridge character Adriana and how it is directly linked to her experiences as a gay woman.
“I’m gay, personally,” she said. “So being Mexican and a lesbian — this is why I love the character because I deal with the same type of things with my own family…” Read more.
A community of gamers have held a virtual Pride parade to celebrate same-sex unions coming to a hit gaming franchise.
Last month, it was announced that the fourteenth edition in the Final Fantasy series would include the option for characters to ‘marry’ others of the same sex. Now, members of the Rough Trade Gaming Community, a group of LGBT and LGBT-friendly gamers, have held their own virtual Pride parade – called the Pixel Pride March – to thank developers and as a tribute to a member who tragically died last month… Read more.