The Last Of Us Featured In GLAAD Acclamation For LGBT Characters
8 Jan 2014 Jeff 1
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation group (GLAAD) included Bill, a character from The Last of Us, in a list of noteworthy LGBT characters portrayed in the media. I think it’s a step in the right direction for humanity. A lot of people however seem to either be up in arms or think that news like this shouldn’t be reported.
Let’s face it folks, 1961 wasn’t all that long ago. In that year, Illinois became the first state to get rid of the “sodomy” law. Also, in that same year, the Vatican announced that anyone who is gay can’t be ordained. Steps forward and steps back. The point is: we have come a long way from the days of people being arrested for being homosexual but we still have a long way to go toward equality.
Not just in video games, but in the media as well, homosexuality is still largely used for comic relief. Homosexual characters, males in particular, are shown stereotypically. Does every gay guy portrayed need to run around flailing his arms and talking in a feminine tone? It’s been done and it’s old. It’s nice that videogames are finally starting to change that. A few titles come to mind that do a decent job at this. With Sander Cohen from Bioshock, it was hinted at that he is gay (and was later confirmed by the developers) and, having a more subtle flamboyancy about him, he is treated to be just another everyday psychopath. When the player learns and accepts who Cohen is, he ends up being one of the more interesting characters in the game and happens to be gay. Another example is Fable 2. You can marry any gender you want and the developer doesn’t go into anything else about it. That’s how things should be done, and that’s how equality works. I hope to see more of the kind of role GLAAD would commend in future titles.
I’m looking at you Rockstar.RelatedJeff (39 Posts)
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