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Game: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Voiced By: Courtenay Taylor
Role: Party Member, Romance Option
Juhani the alien cat person Jedi was, far as I know, the first gay character in a Bioware game. Sort of. The character was cut at one point and readded late in development, so it’s kind of buggy and underdeveloped. When KOTOR first came out, there was even a glitch that let male characters romance her too, but this was corrected. She was definitely the first gay character in Star Wars.
On a side note, Bioware’s The Old Republic MMO originally contained no gay characters. For a time, any discussion of gay characters was shut down because “these are terms that do not exist in Star Wars.”. Gay, homosexual and lesbian were even censored. Of course Juhani from Bioware’s own game disproves the idea that homosexuality doesn’t exist in the Star Wars universe. Later, when Bioware announced the addition of gay relationships, it provoked protest from the Family Research Council that Star Wars had “gone to the dark side” because of course the FRC would say something like that.
Star Wars: The Old Republic will now have same-sex relationships
Except (warning: article uses cissexist language, shows heterosexist posts on Bioware’s forum) all the gay characters are locked away on one planet and you have to pay to go there. And it’s for high-level players only. Really.
Character: Ellen Morgan
Played By: Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen didn’t begin as a show about a lesbian character; it just followed Ellen DeGeneres as bookstore owner Ellen Morgan. During its fourth season, DeGeneres came out as a lesbian. So did her character, in the fourth season finale - the Emmy-winning episode codenamed “The Puppy Episode”, which guest starred Laura Dern and Oprah Winfrey, among others.
…then came the fifth season, which ABC aired with a parental advisory warning before every episode. Yes, really. After a flurry of criticism that Ellen was “too gay” for bringing up her being a lesbian, the show was cancelled after its fifth season, a decision that didn’t hurt Ellen DeGeneres one bit, as her enduring fame as a talk show host and voice of the best Pixar character shows. Neither did it hurt gay characters on TV; by the time Ellen was cancelled, Will & Grace - with openly gay lead characters - had already begun.
As a queer person, you have the right to:
- Create/demand more queer characters in media
- Critique present portrayals of queer characters
- Critique the manner in which a writer handles queer characters, whether the writer is queer or not
- Feel alienated by a queer character if you feel that they are problematic
Characters: Madame Vastra and Jenny
Show: Doctor Who
Created by: Steven Moffat
Played By: Neve McIntosh, Catrin Stewart
Vastra is a Silurian, a ancient reptilian race that lives underneath the Earth. Jenny is a human. They are a couple and they fight with swords. Also, Vastra ate Jack the Ripper. They need their own show already.
Oh hey, I’ve played DA:O and I should write something about them. Unless someone wants to submit something.
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Character: Angela Montenegro
Created By: Hart Hanson
Played By: Michaela Conlin
Role: A specialist in forensic facial reconstruction at the Jeffersonian Institute, frequently working with Dr. Temperance Brennan, who is her best friend
Angela is bisexual. In episode 8 of Season 4 it is revealed about eight years prior she was in a long-term relationship with a woman named Roxie (previously described in Season 3 as someone “whose heart [Angela] broke in art school”) who happens to be this episode’s main suspect. Angela and Roxie share a passionate kiss at the end after it is proven Roxie was innocent. The two resume their relationship for a while, but Roxie breaks up with her – explaining she wants someone who thinks of the future instead of always living in the moment.