Overwatch LGBT characters exist both in-game as playable heroes and in the game's lore. Here is a brief history of the game's confirmed LGBT heroes.
Overwatch LGBT Characters: A Brief History
The game's first confirmed LGBT hero was Tracer in 2016 -- the same year Overwatch was released. Overwatch lead writer Michael Chu confirmed Tracer is a lesbian. She is seen celebrating the holidays with her girlfriend, Emily, in the "Reflections" comic. With Emily's introduction marked the second LGBT character.
The next character confirmed to be a part of the LGBT community was in 2017 with Lynx Seventeen, an omnic fans were introduced to in the "Searching" comic with Sombra. Chu confirmed on Twitter that Lynx was a gender-queer character. But even with their introduction into the Overwatch lore, Tracer remained the only LGBT hero as she is playable in-game.
Two years after Tracer was announced as an LGBT hero, Blizzard released the "Bastet" short story which revealed Soldier: 76 was gay. Chu later confirmed the news through Twitter. Soldier: 76 became the second LGBT hero in Overwatch, and the fourth LGBT character in the lore. His ex-boyfriend, Vincent, is the fifth character confirmed as LGBT.
Blizzard claimed there are many heroes in the lore that are LGBT, so it is likely future updates will confirm other already-known heroes are a part of the community, too.
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