Transgender rights

LGBTQ game characters get their moment

Tyler, a transgender guy, is one of two playable characters in the forthcoming Xbox game "Tell Me Why." Image: Microsoft/DONTNOD Entertainment
Tyler, a transgender guy, is one of two playable characters in the forthcoming Xbox game "Tell Me Why." Image: Microsoft/DONTNOD Entertainment

In a significant move toward diversifying the world of video games, two major-studio titles due out next year will place queer protagonists at the center of the action.

Why it matters: Gaming has historically been a tough world for LGBTQ players, with plenty of harassment and few visibly queer characters.

First transgender pro boxer Patricio Manuel is new face of Everlast

Patricio Manuel
Photo courtesy Everlast

Last December, Patricio Manuel became the world's first transgender boxer to compete in a pro fight — which he won. He's now the new face of Everlast, one of the pre-eminent and oldest brands in boxing.

The journey: Manuel, 34, won 5 national amateur championships as a female competitor before transitioning in 2013 — a decision that cost him his coach, his gym and some friends, but allowed him to finally live his truth.