After a certain gay character was killed off in a certain WIP (and my comments were almost certainly unable to save him), I realised that there are actually worryingly few gay characters in these games, as most characters (ROs especially) are bi or MC-sexual.
While it’s true that, for example, when I played the game, Carl in Psy High was a gay boy, I know that he was straight for any straight female characters, and a girl, Carla, for straight male and gay female characters. Now, as a player, I’m glad about this; I get to romance any guy I’m interested in, without fear that he might not be interested (or, worse, be homophobic). However, to the aspiring gay rights activist in me, this is slightly annoying. It almost feels as though these characters are “gay” by convenience, rather than actually being gay. (I should note that my own WIP also suffers from this, but I started writing before I thought about this, and at this point it might be more trouble than it’s worth to make a couple of the ROs gay, especially as it might annoy their straight fans. I am, however, going to be adding in a gay relationship between two ROs, as long as they both survive, and neither is being romanced by the MC; indeed, the seeds have been sown as of the last update.)
There are, of course, a few examples of actual gay characters. Jenny from Heroes Rise (admittedly female, so not exactly to my tastes), and Villeneuve from Choice of Broadsides (who is always the same gender as the MC) are the two who spring to my mind, and I know there are a few in current WIPs too. (Obviously, gender-locked games offering both genders as ROs will include gay, or at least definitely bisexual, characters, but I’ve never been particularly fond of these games, for reasons I can’t quite identify.) I should note that I haven’t played all of the games on this site, and so it’s quite possible I’ve missed several actually gay characters; if I have, please let me know.
What are other people’s feelings on this topic?
(Note to the Mods: Sorry if there’s already a thread along these lines; I couldn’t see any when I went searching. If so, feel free to move this.)