Overwatch 2 revealed that Pharah is a lesbian and Baptiste is bisexual. They’re now confirmed LGBTQ+ heroes alongside Tracer, Soldier: 76, and Lifeweaver.

In addition to new player icons and name cards that celebrate diverse identities, Overwatch 2 came out with a brand-new short story. The Overwatch 2 Pride Month festivities also revealed that Pharah is a lesbian and Baptiste is bisexual. Read on for details!

Pharah is confirmed as a lesbian in Overwatch 2 (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)
Pharah is confirmed as a lesbian in Overwatch 2 (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)

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The "As You Are" short story confirmed that Pharah is an LGBTQ+ character. When Baptiste asked about her and Cole Cassidy's relationship, Pharah proudly told Baptiste that she's actually a lesbian.

“No, definitely not. Cole and I have known each other for a long time. He’s like a brother to me. And besides, I’m a lesbian,” Pharah said.

Mercy screenshot (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)
Mercy screenshot (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)

Pharah also hinted at having feelings for Mercy. When Pharah talked about Mercy, she referred to the latter's real name in a wistful manner.

The text for that passage read, "There was something about the way she said her name — not Dr. Ziegler, but Angela — that touched him."

Baptiste is confirmed as bisexual in Overwatch 2 (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)
Baptiste is confirmed as bisexual in Overwatch 2 (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)

Overwatch 2 confirms Baptiste as a bisexual character

While Pharah confirmed her sexuality, Baptiste did not outright state his own in the short story. However, when Pharah asked for Baptiste's thoughts about Cole, there was a moment of understanding between the two characters. The text read, "Baptiste met her gaze. There was a moment of recognition, and he chuckled."

  • Pharah: "Oh, you were asking about Cole?"
  • Baptiste: "Well, I must admit he has a certain charm. I like a person who's sure of themself."
Overwatch 2 celebrates Pride Month with more LGBTQ+ characters (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)
Overwatch 2 celebrates Pride Month with more LGBTQ+ characters (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)

Blizzard also confirmed Baptiste's bisexuality in a blog post about Pride Month.

"You’ll find a lesbian card for Tracer, a gay card for Soldier: 76, a pansexual card for Lifeweaver, as well as a bisexual card for Baptiste and a lesbian card for Pharah," Blizzard stated.

Lifeweaver screenshot (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)
Lifeweaver screenshot (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)

Overwatch 2 celebrates Pride Month with short story

The "As You Are" short story is a heartwarming one that's about comradery and acceptance. While Baptiste struggled to reconcile his past with Talon, he was also thankful to Cole. Cole offered Baptiste a place in Overwatch — a callback to how Gabriel Reyes, later known as Reaper, once took a chance on Cole.

"You know, somebody gave me a chance once. When no one thought there was any good in me," Cole told Baptiste in a comic.

Cole Cassidy takes a chance on Baptiste (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)
Cole Cassidy takes a chance on Baptiste (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)

With Pharah and Baptiste as confirmed LGBTQ+ characters, they officially join Tracer, Soldier: 76, and Lifeweaver as queer heroes in Overwatch 2.

That's all for now. Stay tuned on esports.gg for more news and updates!

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