Introducing an already existing character as gay is pointless and pandering
Before you go and downvote my post into oblivion, let me state a few things first:
I have no problem whatsoever with any characters in Overwatch being "on the spectrum" other than the timing at which they were announced.
I have no problem with anyone associated with the LGBTQIAA+ community. "Live and let live" is my motto, so this rant/discussion post isn't hate-fueled.
With that out of the way, lemme get to where I'm coming from:
Back on Jan. 8th of this year, Overwatch released the promotional book 'Bastet' for Ana's Bastet Challenges. Near the end of the book, it's subtly revealed that Soldier 76 was once in a gay relationship.
Yeah... okay... so?
In all honesty, when I read that part the second time and understood what it meant, I kinda just rolled my eyes and heaved a sigh. There wasn't really any evidence leading up until now that Soldier 76 was a homosexual, and it seems like it was just dropped in there to "spice up" the already spicy Overwatch universe. It's exactly like Tracer's homosexual reveal: no lead up until it's dropped on us.
Like, why is this done? Apart from there being no reason this would change these characters for the worse in-game, it doesn't change them for the better either. It's just an "oh hey, also THIS" moment, and seeing how Overwatch has next to non-existent lore, I find that this is only done as a pandering move.
If you're going to have a gay character in your game, go for it! As long as they don't have "being gay" as their sole personality trait (because, tbh, people like that just put a bad name on the community anyways), I won't give it a second thought! But for the love of God, PLEASE create them as gay from the get-go of your game's creation, because this whole "drop it on them years into the existence of the game" crap is really annoying, and it makes Blizzard look like corporate shills.
Anyways, that's my POV. Again, it's not because I "hate gay people", or I'm a "homophobe", or anything like that. I'm just expressing my own opinion in what I hope is the community where it'll be heard the most. If you made it this far, thanks for at least reading before downvoting (if you did).
We just learned Reaper had a family and is therefore straight. We also learned Torbjorn has a wife. Is that needless pandering because they didn't outright state "He like women" the first time he was on screen
No, that's not pandering. Let me explain why:
As men, its logical to assume that they were straight. Seeing how only less than 5% of the population in the USA consider themselves as "anything but straight", that's not wrong to assume.
That being said, I personally find that, while being less than 5%, the LGBTQIAA+ community happens to make the biggest stink about equal representation. A lot of people nowadays do things that show how "progressive" they are, not because they are sincere about it, but because people eat that stuff up. And that's why I and a lot of other people see releasing a chatacter's sexuality as gay years after most people would assume him to be straight looks like Blizzard is pandering.