Guild Wars 2 players organize Pride March Tyria 2017 for June 24

Player advocates are organizing a pride march in Guild Wars 2 set for June 24th and 25th. The game is well-known in the MMORPG community for its LGBTQ inclusiveness.

“We welcome all open-minded Tyrians and advocates of equal rights to attend Pride March Tyria 2017,” event organizers posted on Reddit and the official forums this week. “We especially invite those gender identity and sexual orientation minorities to gather for support and solidarity. The march will begin June 24 half an hour past daily achievement reset time at Tangle Root Outpost where we will march to Field of the Fallen in Lion’s Arch. There we shall spend a day in mourning and remembrance of those in our community who cannot join us in person. The march will pick up again June 25 at the same time and head to its end point at The Hawke Heart.”

The event will take place on the same date and locations for both NA and EU servers. The EU contact has also posted that the branch will again fundraise for a LGBTQ+ charity, with in-game prizes for donors.

Some levity in a dark Reddit thread:

Source: Official forums, Reddit, Tyria Pride EU. Thanks, TomTurtle!
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Roger Melly

I have an uncle who is now in his 80’s who is gay . For much of his life he could have been imprisoned for his lifestyle due to it being illegal in the UK but a few years ago he got married to a long term partner . So much has changed for the better in one lifetime .

Hope this event goes well and there are not too many idiot trolls in world chat on guild wars 2 making homophobic comments while this event is going on .

pepperzine
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pepperzine

As a member of the LGBTQ community, I strongly approve this event :) I don’t play guildwars 2, but I may re-install just to participate. If MoP could post about this event again closer to its date I would really appreciate the reminder!

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Peter Reynolds

It’s a video game. To each their own, but I find this extremely uneventful in real life let alone a digital world.

Xephyr
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Xephyr

Nobody’s forcing you to attend. :)

camren_rooke
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camren_rooke

that’s gonna be a helluva march. I think I shall have to attend.

/e starts looking for something to wear.

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Malorey Malone

Being LGBTQ isn’t such a minority anymore and that’s a great thing!

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TomTurtle

I didn’t realize this has happened in the game before so I’ll make sure to check this one out if I can. I loved this type of event in WoW, and it’d be great fun in GW2 as well.

April-Rain
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April-Rain

I will be there if the EU one goes a head, should be fun

failed_apathy
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failed_apathy

“I totally support human rights, freedom, and X oppressed minority group, just as long as they shut up and stay out of sight.”

I wonder how many Americans (and those from like-minded countries) truly understand the importance of Freedom of Assembly. I mean, I realize freedoms are plenty and cheap here, but christ, this country’s not that old.

I guess that’s what happens when classes like history and philosophy are basically just real-life video game achievements you need to get past in order to get your platinum trophy diploma? Read material, regurgitate facts, get grade, forget. Now you’re educated, and you have a piece of paper to prove it!

Seems like everyone’s all about freedom, but just not for people they don’t like.

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kgptzac

I’m not sure where your strawman comes from as I don’t see comments arguing for that, both here and in reddit. What I find problematic is the conflicting message the original reddit post was saying. The march is really about advocating equality and good virtues, which is outlined in the “seven commandments” in the post, yet the op also gave special “invitation” to LGBT groups, which is an odd way to self-sabotage its own message.

I articulated my points in the reddit thread. Bottom line is real life and virtual worlds from MMO games are different, while we as humans can and should do better in both realms, it is not very logical to mirror social movements in real life into idealized virtual worlds, which by human design, the players are quantifiably created equal.

Tizmah
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Tizmah

First, a special invitation is to encourage those who are LGBT to come and we want to willingly raise them up. Everyone is still equal at a Birthday party, but the person who has the birthday is just held up higher because it’s someone everyone has chosen to recognize them for. So, no there is no self sabotage here.

Social movements are done by groups of people, but they are made up of individuals with feelings and thoughts. I’m not sure if you are advocating for some roleplay or immersion with your last statement. It is very logical that people with like minds, would like to create similar things in their virtual worlds with friends. Just like those who like to make memorials in virtual worlds to recognize the passing of a friend.

Also, go into a PVP chat and tell me if players are created “equal”. Get real.

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Malcolm Swoboda

It’d support Straight Pride marches if they didn’t inevitably give off a strong vibe (or even strong evidence) that it was purely vindictive.

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Sorenthaz

I’ll never understand why real world agendas have to seep into video games.

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Mark

Because video games exist in the real world? And those avatars are played by real people?

I don’t see people complaining when “real world sports” seeps into the global chat channel whenever the Super Bowl rolls around.

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Serrenity

This event makes me happy. This comment section scares me.

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Bullet Teeth
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Serrenity

So … just FYI – this is repeated event and has happened in previous years in GW2, and is nothing new, just this particular installment is new.

June is Pride month, and there will be stuff happening throughout the month in cities all across the US / World.

This impacts your gameplay only as much as you decide you want it to. It’s up to you to if decide the fact that people organizing a community event to celebrate diversity impacts your gameplay.

Your last point is unnecessary and completely out of place here.

camren_rooke
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camren_rooke

Well clearly they will be unable to play during such time as ‘teh ghey’ will be at its strongest and may be able to pass through the keyboard/brain barrier infecting any and all players who log on during the event.

/e waits…

/e sighs…

/s

/rolls eyes

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