Grand Theft Auto series

Year: 1997

Publisher: Rockstar Games

Developer: DMA Designs Limited/Rockstar Games

Creators: David Jones and Mike Daily

Country: UK

Genres: Action-adventure, racing, third-person shooter

Platform: Various

"GTA - Box Front". Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia -

“GTA – Box Front”. Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia –

The controversial Grand Theft Auto series games are set in fictional cities modeled on major US cities. In the games, the player completes missions for various crime syndicates but they may also complete various side missions or activities. In the original game‘s PC version, players can choose one of eight player-characters (four male, four female), though the PlayStation version only includes the four male characters. Most other games in the series focus on a single (always male) protagonist, and have more detailed narratives (a list and description of each game is available here). In addition, the graphics in the series have become increasingly photo-realistic (images below are of GTA 1 and GTA V).

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“Grand Theft Auto V combat” by Source. Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia –

LGBTQ references in this game series:

Grand Theft Auto (1997): El Burro

Grand Theft Auto II (1999): Tetsuo

Grand Theft Auto: London 1961 (1999): Pretty Charlie

Grand Theft Auto III (2001): Gay PedestrianLGBTQ References

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002): The PsychoLGBTQ References

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004): LGBTQ References; LGB Characters; Queens; OG Loc Mission

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (2005): Kazuki KasenLGBTQ References

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (2006): Reni Wassulmaier; LGBTQ References

Grand Theft Auto IV (2008): Brucie Kibbutz; Tom “French Tom” Rivas; Bernie Crane/Florian Cravic; Bryce Dawkins; LGB users; Elizabeta Torres; Talbot Daniels; Marcus; The Hater; Eddie Low;  Unnamed Homosexual NPCs; LGBT NPCs in LCPD Database; LGBT Media PersonalitiesLGBTQ References 

Grand Theft Auto: The Lost and Damned (2009): Trans Man

Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony (2010): Anthony “Gay Tony” Prince; Clay “Pain Giver” Jackson; Jacob; The Celebinator; Evan Moss; LGBTQ References

Grand Theft Auto V (2013): Trevor Philips; Peter Dreyfuss; Transgender Sex Workers; Locations; LGBTQ References

See also QRM’s entry for this game.


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