In the video game adventures of Commander Shepard, being a gay man was neither a matter of biology nor choice.
It was a matter of programming. And the programming of Shepard's first video game, 2007's Mass Effect, made being gay impossible.
And then things changed. The programming changed. You can play Shepard as if he is a gay man in next month's Mass Effect 3.
Why? The people who make the game wouldn't say it's because they are advocates. Not quite. They have another reason.
Actor Christopher Plummer finally added an Oscar to his trophy shelf Sunday night, when he won the award for Best Supporting Actor at the 84th annual Academy Awards for his role as an elderly gay man in the film Beginners.
Since 1987, the Berlin International Film Festival has singled out the best of the fest’s LGBT-inclusive cinema to receive their own trophies – the Teddy Award – and once again the festival has bestowed it on some truly great films