Here's every LGBTQ+ character in Overwatch 2

Here's every LGBTQ+ character in Overwatch 2
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Written by 

Jack Roberts

Published 

18th Apr 2024 11:50

Overwatch 2 is already renowned for having one of the most inclusive hero rosters in gaming, and that includes several characters that represent various parts of the LGBTQ+ community.

While the iconic free-to-play shooter has certainly had its rocky moments, the game has long championed the diversity of its heroes, with voice actors also hailing from their respective cultural backgrounds and gender identities.

Which Overwatch 2 characters are LGBTQ+?

The following Overwatch 2 heroes have been confirmed to be part of the LGBTQ+ by the developers:

Of these characters, Baptiste, Pharah, Soldier: 76, and Tracer had their queer identity shared post-release, while Venture and Lifeweaver had theirs established upon entering the game.

All LGBTQ+ Overwatch 2 characters explained

Baptiste

Baptiste in Overwatch 2
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Baptiste is bisexual and this was confirmed in 2023’s Pride celebrations, when the Midtown map was decorated in the aftermath of a Pride parade. In the name cards players can set to show their pride, Baptiste’s silhouette makes up part of the bisexual name card, while other characters like Lifeweaver and Tracer appear with the colours of their respective identities.

Lifeweaver

Lifeweaver in Overwatch 2
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Lifeweaver is pansexual and has openly expressed this in his voice lines, particularly when there is a Baptiste on the team. Lifeweaver was the first character to enter the game as already part of the LGBTQ+ community. While the voice lines continue to hint that he would like to take Baptiste on a date, could we see more of their potential romance bloom?

Pharah

Pharah in Overwatch 2
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Pharah was established as a lesbian in the 'As You Are' short story. Several characters have had their identities explored in expanded comics and stories. Pharah’s was revealed during a conversation with Baptiste, who earlier that year had been revealed as bisexual.

Soldier: 76

Soldier: 76 in Overwatch 2
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Soldier: 76 is a gay man and, in the 'Bastet' short story, was confirmed to have had a partner called Vincent. However, this is something of a touchy subject for Jack, who laments that Vincent is now happily married. Despite his optimism for Vincent’s future without him, it’s clear he still holds a candle for him.

Tracer

Tracer in Overwatch 2
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Tracer was the first LGBTQ+ hero in the early days of the original Overwatch, and she is a lesbian. This was confirmed way back in 2016 in the 'Reflections' comic, which revealed Tracer has a girlfriend called Emily. In the 2023 Pride celebrations, a spray called Lena and Emily was added for her to use, showing the characters posing together in a Polaroid photo.

Venture

Venture in Overwatch 2
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Venture is the latest hero added to the Overwatch 2 hero pool and was established early on as the game’s first non-binary hero, using they/them pronouns. Venture is voiced by Valeria Rodriguez, who is also non-binary.

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That’s everything you need to know about all the LGBTQ+ characters in Overwatch 2. With the hero roster constantly growing, we’re bound to see more diversity in the future, so keep checking back here for updates.

If you’re on the hunt for more OW2 guides and news coverages, head over to our Overwatch 2 homepage where you’ll find everything you need to know about the latest characters from Ana to Zenyatta.

Jack Roberts
About the author
Jack Roberts
Jack is a Guides Writer at GGRecon. With a BA (Hons) & MA in English and Creative Writing, he was also the Gaming Editor for The Indiependent. When not pondering which game has the best cup of coffee (and drinking far too much of it himself), he can often be found playing Dead by Daylight, Street Fighter or making yet another build in Bloodborne.
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