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Gay Pride Parade in Final Fantasy XIV

A Gay Pride Parade Final Fantasy XIV style to celebrate same-sex marriage within the MMO!

Gay marriages are definitely something worth fighting for and now the virtual world is taking them seriously by allowing same-sex marriages in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Does this call for a celebration?!

Members of the Rough Trade Gaming Community, "the world's biggest LGBT guild," certainly seemed to think so! Hundreds of them got together to form their own online Gay Pride, which they called 'Pixel Parade'. Throughout this parade they dressed themselves in differently coloured armour to travel all around Eorzea before dividing themselves up according to their different colours so that they represented the colours of the rainbow. It looks pretty fabulous if you ask me!

The news that gay relationships were to be an option within the game was revealed during E3 by Final Fantasy developer and publisher Square Enix. Game producer Naoki Yoshida explained the lift on the ban by stating;

“Why should there be restrictions on who pledges their love or friendship to each other? And so we decided to go this way.”

But this parade was not only to celebrate equality within the virtual world. Sadly, RTGC stated that this was also held in memory of one of their very own guild members who lost their life in the Calgary stabbings before he got the chance to join in with the celebrations.

I see MMO's as a way to either express ourselves or escape ourselves through an online character; with this new option it really makes it easier to become whoever we want to be!

Published Jul. 23rd 2014
  • Fenrich_7743
    This makes me so glad I'm not on Gilgamesh.

    As a gay male I utterly DETEST any type of gay pride or any reasonable facsimile of it.

    People wanted to be treated equal yet they want to celebrate being different?

    I understand back in the day the parades were made because of the stonewall riots, but for the most part those days are long gone.

    If you want to be treated the same as others you should act the same instead of just making bad sects where everything is compartmentalized, but once you don't get something you throw a hissy fit and say it's unfair.
  • Jay Ricciardi
    Contributor
    This rules all the more because it went off without a hitch! Things like this always make me worry that there might be a repeat of something like Serenity Now's raid on an in-game funeral in WoW.
  • Proto Foe
    Senior Intern
    When I read about this historic event, I thought about the WoW incident right away. It was a sad time in gaming.

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