GLAAD (The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) is awarding Dragon Age: Inquisition a Special Recognition award.
The organisation has said in a press release that:
Electronic Arts and BioWare’s videogame Dragon Age: Inquisition received a Special Recognition award for the many complex and unique LGBT characters prominently integrated throughout the game. GLAAD’s Special Recognition awards are typically given to outstanding media projects for which there is not a competitive category.
The Dragon Age franchise has been known for the diversity of the characters and how easily relatable they are in the games. BioWare, the game’s developer, has always strived to make its games and characters within the games as diverse and inclusive as possible. Dragon Age: Origins, the first game in the franchise, allowed players to engage in a relationship with a homosexual elf, Zevran. But Dragon Age: Inquisition has really developed its story-line and character relationships. Dorian is the first Dragon Age character that is completely gay and Iron Bull is a pansexual character from a race in Dragon Age: Inquisition that sees no relation between love and sex.
CEO and GLAAD President, Kate Ellis, said that:
For nearly 30 years, the GLAAD Media Awards have raised the bar for inclusion in news and entertainment, transforming LGBT representation in media and moving the dial for acceptance across the globe. It’s been a remarkable year for equality, and nowhere is that more evident than in the visibility LGBT people have gained across media.
Usually GLAAD honours LGBT achievements within the film and television industries. Video games don’t fall within these categories and are therefore given the Special Recognition Award for “outstanding media projects for which there is not a competitive category”.
Dragon Age: Inquisition is on fire and was one of the biggest games of 2014, winning a ton of Game of the Year awards. A BioWare representative told Polygon that the team is “proud and happy” to receive the Special Recognition from the GLAAD Media Awards.
The 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards will be held in two ceremonies, one on March 21 in Los Angeles and the other on May 9 in New York.