Bioware is introducing an openly homosexual 'party member'. He's called Dorian (as in Oscar Wilde's evil yet beautiful character Dorian Grey).
Dorian joins female party member Juhani in Knights of the Old Republic
, and Samantha Traynor/Steve Cortez from Mass Effect 3
and he's a Mage. Bioware writer David Gaider told, well, his own company actually in an official blog post masquerading as an interview:
"Dorian is gay—he is, in fact, the first fully gay character I've had the opportunity to write. It added an interesting dimension to his back story, considering he comes from a place where "perfection" is the face that every mage puts on and anything that smacks of deviancy is shameful and meant to be hidden. Dorian's refusal to play along with that façade is seen as stubborn and pointless by his family, which has contributed to his status as a pariah."
Then the hard question hits him: "Are you happy with how his character turned out?"
Says David, "I suppose this aspect of Dorian will make him controversial in some corners, but I was glad to include it. It made writing Dorian a very personal experience for me, and I'm hopeful that will make him seem like a fully realized character to fans in the end."