The Last of Us’ Bill One of The “Most Intriguing New LGBT Characters of 2013” According to GLAAD

Naughty Dog can add another award for this ending year to the trophy cabinet of The Last of Us, as the LBGT media advocacy organization GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) named the game’s quirky and awesomely written character Bill as one of the “most intriguing new LGBT characters of 2013”

While GLAAD laments that there weren’t many new LBGT characters in mainstream video games this year, Bill stood out because of the following reasons:

There weren’t many new LGBT characters to be found in mainstream video games this year, but one of 2013’s most critically acclaimed featured a particularly interesting one.  Released for the PS3, The Last of Us is set in a post-apocalyptic world where lone plague survivors must protect themselves from the infected and each other.  One of the characters the player encounters over the course of the game is Bill, an unstable loner in the town of Lincoln with a talent for fixing things.  Through dialogue and backstory, the player learns that Bill once had a partner named Frank who he loved, but the plague drove them apart and led Frank to a bitter end.  Both helpful and contentious, Bill is as deeply flawed but wholly unique a gay character found in any storytelling medium this year.

Bill is definitely an interesting character, just as much as most of the cast of The Last of Us, and he definitely deserves the nomination not only for his sexual orientation, but for his overall writing and character design, that turned him into a quite memorable face for those that loved the game.

[Thanks for the tip: Marcel]

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  • Rob

    This year probably not that many games with lgbt. but oh well. i remember mass effect. i just keep on wondering what bioware will think of in mass effect 4 and the romance possibilities

  • PrinceHeir

    wow tbh i never knew Bill was Gay though.

    i thought his friend relationship is just a partner in crime thing.

    • Sobekflakmonkey

      really? the whole time they kinda pointed you in that direction, especially when you find his dead friend as well as finding the note from his dead friend.

      • PrinceHeir

        interesting, i never knew there’s an extra dialogue if you pointed at his corpse.

        • Bankai

          So you didn’t think it was weird that he had gay nude magazines?

          • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

            I actually didn’t notice the covers of the fact I could barely even make out the covers while they were still in Bill’s hideout. Must’ve been in a stupor when I was playing that part because that fact eluded me the whole time I played the game and even with the scene where Ellie looks at the magazine in the truck, I couldn’t tell so kind of a fail on my part.

    • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

      same here. I thought that too but after thinking back to my play through of the game, I realized that him being gay made sense. it literally flew right over my head that that would be a possibility. guess I should’ve taken Bill crying at the sight of Frank’s death as a sign, though many mourn over their losses, whether friends or family.

    • verymetal

      No, there are subtle hints that he is gay throughout. Remember the magazine that Elle stole from Bill and started reading in the car. Take a good look at the magazine.

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  • datdude

    Naughty Dogs brilliance in The Last of Us is all about the understated
    horrors within that game world. From pedophilia and rape to the
    consumption of human flesh, they don’t beat the player over the head
    with any of it, but it’s definitely there. Bill being gay was just
    another example of the team at ND leaving suggestive hints for the
    player, and letting the player fill in the blanks of the experience.
    They basically said it without needing to say it outright. Naughty Dog
    is awesome.