TechRadar's LGBTQ+ Gaming Week 2021 has now reached its end, but you can still check out all the articles featured during the week right here as well as our other LGBTQ+-friendly pieces.
Welcome to TechRadar’s LGBTQ+ Gaming Week 2021, a week-long celebration during which we're inviting LGBTQ+ gamers to tell their stories, and explore topics within the LGBTQ+ gaming community. That means throughout the week you’ll be seeing features, opinion pieces and more, on a variety of LGBTQ+ gaming-related topics, appearing on the site.
LGBTQ+ Gaming Week is about amplifying voices within the LGBTQ+ gaming community – and dedicating the time and space to ensure that those voices are heard. We’ve aimed to cover topics on a range of genders, sexualities, and important issues. We’ve ensured that members of the community have had a say in each and every piece that’s being published, which means all the writers featured are from the LGBTQ+ community, and many of the articles feature bespoke illustrations from R Healey Art (opens in new tab).
We’re aware that not every piece will be reflective of all LGBTQ+ experiences, but they’re the experiences and topics that our writers felt were important to explore.
This is the first time TechRadar has hosted an LGBTQ+ Gaming Week, so why are we doing this now? These continue to be challenging times for those in the LGBTQ+ community, with many continuing to have to defend their identity and rights. Here at TechRadar, we believe all LGBTQ+ rights are human rights.
So however you identify, we welcome you to TechRadar’s LGBTQ+ Gaming Week 2021.
LGBTQ+ Gaming Week
Lesbian love syndrome: a history of Yuri and lesbian romance in gaming
A history of how lesbian narratives have made their way into pop culture and gaming. Read the full feature here.
The history of LGBTQ+ visual novels
Visual novels have always been flourishing with the LGBTQ+ representation that AAA games still lack. The history of queer visual novels goes all the way back to the beginning of games, read all about it here.
Games still haven’t got bisexuality right
Bisexuality comes in many stripes – but this writers believes that games keep defaulting to playersexual, a one-size-fits-all label that pleases no one. Read the full feature.
Where is the Pride in gaming?
Why it’s important for the games industry to do more to promote LGBTQ+ voices – and why gaming struggles to do this outside of single-player stories. Read the full feature here.
Queer indie games deserve more recognition
This writer believes that mainstream games are rewarded for doing the bare minimum when it comes to queer representation when smaller indie games have been doing far more. Read the full feature here.
Street Fighter’s Poison is a metaphor for the evolution of trans characters
Final Fight and Street Fighter’s Poison is one of the earliest transgender characters in gaming, and where her creators have often failed to give her respect, her fans have stepped in. Read the full feature here.
A labor of queer love: the battle to preserve the history of LGBTQ+ games
How one person took on the task of documenting the representation of queer themes in gaming over the years – and why their work is as important now as ever. Read the full feature here.
I've finally found a mobile game that I can see myself in
Because they could relate to the characters, the mobile game Choices allowed this writer to reimagine the way stories are told, and gave them the escape they needed. Read the full feature here.
Sims, sexuality, and the promiscuity of female ‘woohoo’
How playing The Sims over the years helped this writer deepen their understanding of sexuality and overcome heteronormativity. Read the full feature here.
The search for the elusive queer parent in gaming
A gay father talks about the validation they found in games, reflecting on their experience as well as their frustration at the lack of more queer parent representation. Read the full feature here.
More TechRadar LGBTQ+ content
Twitch LGBTQIA+ tags: do they work?
As LGBTQIA+ streamers strive to be seen and heard on Twitch, is the current tag system doing more harm than good? Read the full feature here (opens in new tab).
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands heralds a more LGBTQ+-inclusive future for the game
World of Warcraft Shadowlands is going to start working in a lot more LGBTQ+-friendly elements, and Blizzard is just getting started. Read the full feature here (opens in new tab).
The best LGBTQ+ representation in PC games
For PC Gaming Week 2020, we took a look at the best LGBTQ+ representation we've seen in PC games so far. You can read the full feature here.
8 new and upcoming games with LGBTQ+ characters and narratives
Again for PC Gaming Week 2020, we gathered up eight new and upcoming PC games that feature queer characters and narratives to help you round out your game library ,or annoy your friends with as you gush about them. Check out the full list here (opens in new tab).
If you want to learn more about the LGBTQ+ community, check out the resources below:
Charities and non-profit organizations
- Stonewall (opens in new tab): a non-profit organization that campaigns for the equality of lesbian, gay, bi and trans people across Britain – also has a Youth division.
- Gendered Intelligence (opens in new tab): A UK-based charity whose objective is to increase people’s understanding of gender diversity, working with the trans community and specializing in supporting trans youth aged 8-25.
- LGBT Youth Scotland (opens in new tab): Scotland’s national charity for LGBTI young people, working with 13-25-year-olds across the country, which also delivers the LGBT Charter program to schools, organizations and businesses.
- Mermaids (opens in new tab): UK charity supporting transgender kids, young people and their families since 1995.
- The Trevor Project (opens in new tab): A US national 24-hour, toll-free confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth.
- Trans Lifeline (opens in new tab): Run by and for trans people with a goal to provide trans peer support and care. Covers the US and Canada.
- Planned Parenthood LGBT Services (opens in new tab): A non-profit organization that provides sexual health care and education for the LGBTQ+ community in the United States and globally.
- Human Rights Campaign Foundation (opens in new tab): The largest LGBTQ advocacy group and political lobbying organization in the United States, with a focus on protecting and expanding rights for LGBTQ people.
- Disclosure (opens in new tab)
- The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (opens in new tab)
- Milk (opens in new tab)
- Paris is Burning (opens in new tab)
- Before Stonewall (opens in new tab)
- Kinsey (opens in new tab)
- How to Survive a Plague (opens in new tab)
- Circus of Books (opens in new tab)
- Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution by David Carter (opens in new tab)
- Transgender History by Susan Stryker (opens in new tab)
- This Book is Gay by Juno Dawson (opens in new tab)
- Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel (opens in new tab)
- How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS by David France (opens in new tab)
- The Remedy: Queer and Trans Voices on Health and Health Care by Zena Sharman (opens in new tab)
- Queer Brown Voices: Personal Narratives of Latina/o LGBT Activism by Uriel Quesada (opens in new tab)
- No Tea, No Shade: New Writings in Black Queer Studies by E. Patrick Johnson (opens in new tab)
- Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme by Ivan E. Coyote (opens in new tab)