Looking for a list of openly LGBTQ characters in gaming? Video games haven’t, to date, been the most inclusive of mediums, but there are a few out there that make a decent effort. Here are some notable characters.
- Bridget from Guilty Gear
- Poison from Street Fighter
- Joachim Valentine from Shadow Hearts: Covenant
- Jun Kurosu from Persona
- Kanji Tatsumi from Persona
- Naoto Shiragane from Persona
- Fang from Final Fantasy
- Vanille from Final Fantasy
Most of these characters, notably, are from Japanese games. The major North American contributions to diversity in gaming are from Canadian company Bioware. Mass Effect, Dragonage, and Star Wars: the Old Republic all feature several LGBTQ protagonists and/or characters (that is, if the player chooses to play them this way). Fable also allows players to choose their own sexuality.
Unfortunately gay characters in games aren’t always given the most equitable treatment, but perhaps this is a start.
Do you know of any other great LGBTQ-identifying characters? Tell us about them in the comments!