ItsDaveyJ wrote:Just confirm it and let some gay person finally have a representation of themselves they can relate to.
Thank you. As a gay man I have been saying this for more than a decade and a half with these games.
If you use the estimates from the real world, approximately 10% of the population is LGBT. I don't know any science on this, but that seems to be the oft-bandied-around figure, so I'll use it for the sake of argument. There have been about 485 (or so) individual Stars, accounting for people who have been Stars in more than one game. Excluding Gadget/Gadget Z (who is a robot and most likely asexual), that leaves about 50 Stars who would be LGBT. 50! That's half a game right there! Now, we don't know if that demographic carries over into the Suikoverse, but you would think that with that many characters there would be SOMEBODY openly gay.
That being said, if Suikoden ever did include an openly gay character, I hope they would be classy about it. I'd rather it not be a Narcissist, or a "bear" like Viktor, or one of the Amazonian fighter women. I'd rather they didn't descend into the really obvious stereotypes. I would love to see a more respectful portrayal of a gay character. One that would surprise you. Someone like Lepant or Flare or even someone like Leknaat. Or, to contrast, even let it be a "gaybro" and make them like Wilhelm or Kyle or Tai Ho. Someone cool and charismatic and masculine, but who talks about all the hot men all the time.
My gaydar always blipped with Gremio, Milich, Lorelai, Griffith, Mathiu, Jowy, Simone, Hanna, Emilia, Salome, Sasarai, Ameria, Sigurd, Aldo, Charlemagne, Cathari, and Rahal. Lucretia/Lelei is pretty obvious (although I like them as a couple). It might be that psychologically I want there to be more gay characters so therefore I see more gay characters, but those are the ones that stood out for me.