- Many gay players are disappointed by a limited range of same-sex romance options in Mass Effect: Andromeda, the latest installment in Bioware's epic sci-fi RPG series. Players who want to play as a gay male only have two potential in-game love interests, both of which are less fleshed out than straight and lesbian options:
One option, a smuggler named Reyes Vidal, only appears in a couple of quests. Gil Brodie, an engineer on your ship, is also gay, but, unlike many of the women and straight men available for romance in the game, he’s not actually a squadmate. As side characters, Reyes and Brodie can only offer the player short dialogue prompts, whereas full-on squadmates have long dialogue scenes that are further expanded on during missions, when the player can hear extra banter. (Other sexualities get short flings like Reyes and Gil, but these are complemented with longer romance routes as well.) Players are also unhappy that both Reyes and Vidal only have make-out scenes that fade to black, rather than anything approximating the risque and partially nude sex scenes available for other sexualities.
- Years after writing an unproduced Wonder Woman script, Joss Whedon may be taking on another DC heroine: Batgirl.. Whedon has quite the history with Strong Female Characters and superheroes, so the project seems like an ideal fit. It joins such planned films as The Batman, Gotham City Sirens, and Nightwing (to say nothing of Justice League and a Suicide Squad sequel) in what might as well be renamed the Batman Cinematic Universe.
- Honestly, American Horror Story lost me by the time Freak Show ended, but the inclusion of openly gay comedian Billy Eichner in the show's upcoming, election-themed seventh season should add even more over-the-top weirdness, especially with the bizarrely specific detail that the character 'mostly will be wearing mysterious tank tops.'
- The Walking Dead costar Daniel Newman has publicly come out in a YouTube video and a subsequent People Magazine interview.
- Marvel's VP of Sales, David Gabriel, has come under fire for recent comments to comics retailers in which he claims that comic readers have been "turning up their nose" at female characters, and at diversity in general. (Gabriel says nothing about poor sales of Deadpool spinoffs starring straight white men.) Gabriel has unconvincingly attempted to walk back those comments, but the anger hasn't exactly subsided.
- Last but not least, word has arrived that Doctor Who's new companion, Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie), will be openly gay. It's a long-overdue development... and with this being Peter Capaldi's final series, maybe we'll finally get a Doctor who's not a straight white guy.
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