It is really easy for people that do not play Dungeon and Dragons to think of it is a game mainly played by geeks who role-play as macho warriors and cliché wizards, but this isn’t their fault entirely, as most of the time it is the mainstream media that perpetuates this belief.
Roleplaying games are all about imagination and in a world of your own making you can skip the normal boundaries of everyday normal life. You can always come up with a character of your own and shape it to your own liking and then role-play said character with your friends, and if they are true friends then they will accept your character with all the respect it deserves, now let’s get to the reasons why you should include LGBT characters into your storyline.
- It can add some new life to your party. Dungeon and Dragons is a roleplaying game were the more interesting and deep your character is the better your story will be, sadly most of the time some players end up with recycled ideas, such as the “funny bard”, or the “old wizard”, or the “sexy priestess” or the “knightly paladin”, you can even smell their storylines from afar. An LGBT character will add some variety to your group, think about how elegant and serious a gay elf ranger could be, or how deadly a female bisexual drow assassin can become, you can come up with totally original characters if you think outside of the box with their sexual orientations.Just be aware that your character’s sexual orientation should be a vital and serious part of their identity and it shouldn’t be used for laughs, as not only this can diminish the value of your character’s storyline, it can also make you look bad to your friends.
- They can be fun to play with. While you shouldn’t make fun of your character’s sexual orientation, you can come up with situations that relate to it that can bring some laughs to your party. An awkward interaction might be the perfect amount of spice, and perhaps can allow PCs and players to step into a situation they haven’t been able to fully consider before.Imagine how your friends would react if a gay bard dwarf suddenly recited with a deep and manly accent a really good poem to one of your male party members, if they usually don’t interact with members of the LGBT community they wouldn’t know how to react and this can bring some really fun moments to your play session.You can also get inspiration from events that have happened in your normal life to see how your friends would react if the same happened to them, but remember to be always respectful as this can be a delicate topic for some people. Make sure the homosexuality / “gayness” isn’t the punchline.
- It can be an eye opening experience. Sometimes we take important things like the acceptance of others for granted and we don’t get to appreciate it enough and some people aren’t that lucky in that aspect and are judged just because the way they are or feel.Playing as an LGBT character can help you understand how some people feel when they face certain negative situations, such as being frowned upon or being bullied due to their sexual orientations. It will also make you aware of the fact that members of the LGBT community sometimes have to ‘role-play’ as straight persons on their everyday lives so they can get accepted into jobs and groups.This can bring a change to the way you or your friends see members of the LGBT community and the things they must do to enjoy a normal life on a world that sometimes isn’t as welcoming as it should be.
Take in mind that you must always be respectful of your or your friend’s character’s sexual orientation and remember that while the world of Dungeon and Dragons is powered by your imagination your interactions with your party members are very real, so if you think that they don’t feel too comfortable with the way you roleplay LGBT characters then you should rethink your approach, just play natural and don’t try to force things.
Dice Bard loves everyone regardless of sexuality, skin colour, or nationality. This article isn’t about pidgeonholing gay characters, and we want to encourage you to read through classic gay tropes as something to generally avoid. We also use LGBT in this article as a shorthand for LGBTIQA+.