Meet Dorian; one of Dragon Age: Inquisition’s male party members. Dorian is an intelligent, sarcastic, highly skilled mage from the Tevinter Imperium. By opposing the ways of his homeland, they cast him as an outcast. One of the main things that has grabbed everyone’s attention about Dorian is that he is Dragon Age’s first “fully gay” character. According to Dragon Age’s Facebook page, Dorian will be a love interest to male inquisitors.
BioWare’s first “fully gay” character in Dragon Age: Inquisition
Dorian is not only Dragon Age’s first “fully gay” character, but also BioWare’s first “fully gay” male party member, confirmed the series writer, David Gaider. “Dorian is gay-he is, in fact, the first fully gay character I’ve had the opportunity to write,” wrote Gaider. “It added an interesting dimension to his back story, considering he comes from a place where “perfection” is the face that every mage puts on and anything that smacks of deviancy is shameful and meant to be hidden. Dorian’s refusal to play along with that facade is seen as stubborn and pointless by his family, which has contributed to his status as a pariah.”
The only history of “fully gay” characters made by BioWare were from “Mass Effect 3”, non-party members, Steve Cortez and Samantha Traynor. Also in “Knights of the Old Republic”, the female party member, Juhani, was suppose to be considered “fully gay”, but a bug in the game also had her be attracted to the male characters.
After Gaider’s interview, Gaider soon apologized to those of the people on Twitter who were offended by his phrase, “fully gay”. “I meant “legitimately”, sorry. I was trying to be clear–many people consider the bi characters we’ve done to be “gay”.” Still offended, claiming that “legitimately” is just as bad phrasing, he responded, “Many would say, “No, it’s not.” But fair enough–I did not intend to comment on bisexuality, and will leave it at that.”
SOURCE: Dragon Age Website