‘Mortal Kombat’ debuts 1st gay character


Last week, NetherRealm studios released the highly anticipated 10th edition of their acclaimed Mortal Kombat game series, and, of course, fans have been buzzing about every imaginable detail of the game. And one of those details is the fact that series just debuted its first gay male character with Mortal Kombat X’s Kung Jin.

According to IGN, the revelation about King Jin’s sexuality comes via a flashback scene, in which the thief-turned-shaolin monk has a conversation with Raiden who tries to convince him to become a warrior monk.

“Self-loathing has always been an unfortunate part of your makeup,” Raiden says.

Later, the thunder god tries to get Kung Jin to follow in his ancestors’ footsteps and become a warrior monk, like veteran character Kung Lao. However, Kung Jin thinks his sexuality won’t be accepted.

“I can’t … They won’t accept …,” Kung Jin says, sadly.

“They care about only what is in your heart; not whom your heart desires,” Raiden replies.

If any fans were still unsure about Kung Jin’s sexuality, Dominic Cianciolo, cinematic director of NetherRealm Studios, sent out a tweet confirming that the character is gay.

Kung Jin Gay Tweet

And we’re glad that NetherRealm Studios has debuted a gay character in the biggest game of the franchise’s history, helping to further pave the way for greater inclusion of LGBT characters in the gaming world.

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