The potential gay relationship happens with Zevran, an elf who was born in a brothel and rose to prominence as a thief/assassin. While the love scene sounds like something that could air on broadcast TV, I can't think of a role-playing game that has depicted gay male sexuality to this degree — Jade Empire panned away from its gay kiss, Bully's Jimmy Hopkins wasn't interested in much more than kissing and while Fable let gay couples marry, any sex to happen in that marriage was blacked out.
Unfortunately, Zevran hits a number of stereotypes as well. For one thing, Zevran isn't interested in anything more than casual sex while heterosexual romantic interests are direct about wanting a monogamous, long-term relationship. Meanwhile, isn't a gay elf the fantasy equivalent of a gay hairdresser?
While I'm excited about the inclusivity, I'm more than a little disturbed by this:
In another part of the game, your character can get a bit more adventurous:
During the course of the game, players are able to visit a brothel where a hostess asks what they are interested in. If players select "Surprise me," they can sometimes wind up face-to-face with a woman, a man, a transsexual, or an animal; sexual activity is never depicted during these brothel encounters.
Joy. I know the designers are just trying to keep the mood light, but considering that gay relationships are constantly being compared to sex with animals, maybe I'm just a little touchy about it. There is a Mabari War Dog that appears to be a member of the party, maybe I'll just assume that even fantasy pets need release now and then.
But while us progressives are hailing the inclusion of homosexuality (if not the accompanying stereotypes and option to also have sex with animals) as challenging the unfortunate standard of heterosexuality, some anti-gay bloggers (whom I refuse to link to, but you can check out more on this at Border House) are (surprise) furious about the inclusion of homosexual relationships. To which I say "get the fuck over it." This sounds a lot like the homophobic "I'm okay with people being gay, but I don't want to have to look at it." And then we have homophobia as comedy, where Jimmy Kimmel (and his audience) thinks "gay elf sex" is totally giggle-worthy.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to commandeer Dragon Age from the fiance.