Alliance Pilot Steve Cortez in Mass Effect 3

Steve is the first gay character to date on the Mass Effect universe. Steve was married to Robert, who is now deceased. The character development goes from Steve still suffering his loss, with either Female or Male Shepard helping him ho through this process, to a Steve that enjoys living again. In this point, he opens the possibility to love again and can engage in a love relationship with Male Shepard.

Steve is also very good friend with James Vega, a heterosexual character that can either develop a relationship with Female Shepard or with Ashley (one of the three NPC romances that we can see on the game, the other being Garrus Vakarian with Tali Zorah vas Normandy and the Normandy pilot Joker with artificial intelligence-turned-real EDI).

LGBTQ references in this game:

Romance Options in Mass Effect series

The Asari

Lieutenant-Commander Kaidan Alenko

Comm Specialist, Samantha Traynor

Alliance pilot Steve Cortez

Nyren Kandros, Mass Effect 3 – Omega DLC

Other NPCs with possible LGBTQ references


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