Geeks and Homosexuality: The First Gay Reference in Magic The Gathering
Card games are not known for their ability to break social barriers. Magic: the Gathering barely has enough room to explore the geography of its own worlds, much less the sexual preferences of tertiary characters.
But sometimes something like this gets printed, and it slips under everyone’s radar.
The two sentences of flavor text are enough to give us a glimpse into the back story.
Two enormous statues were built to honor these two men, and over time their relationship was lost to history. We don’t know their names, personalities, or anything else beyond that they were rulers of some kind.
What we do know is this card marks the first reference to homosexuality in Magic culture, confirmed by writer and set designer Doug Beyer.
Reading the comments on the card in Magic’s official Gatherer database turns up talk of its merits in the game, followed by some verbal applause extended to the designers.
Then commenter Kageyaiba questions the validity of the homosexuality claim:
To which commenter Majora_13 answers in perhaps the best way possible:
It’s important because it’s not important. It’s not a declaration, not a message, not an attempt to sensationalize or use it as a selling point. It just is. There’s no better vision of social acceptance than that.