The Last Of Us LGBTQ+ Representation: From Game to TV


Satvika Ramanathan

Only 179 of 5 million video games have had LGBTQ+ representation.

Becca Carlson

Many video games have been adapted to movies and TV shows, but out of over 5 million video games, only 179 have had LGBTQ+ representation. Recently, HBO Max’s show The Last of Us creators Neil Druckmann and Craig Mazin have continued to incorporate the representation from the video game. Fans of the video games and newcomers are raving over the new show. The TV show was rated one of the best shows in 2023 so far by Vogue

The Last of Us is an adventure survival horror game where players mainly play as the main character, Joel, in a post-apocalyptic world. Players play with 14-year-old Ellie who is learning how to adapt and survive in a post apocalyptic world without her parents. In the new HBO series, young Ellie is played by actor Bella Ramsey. 

Recently, Ramsey has been breaking the barriers of gender and LGBTQ+ representation in TV. The actor recently came out as gender fluid saying that their gender has always been very fluid. 

“Someone would call me ‘she’ or ‘her’ and I wouldn’t think about it, but I knew that if someone called me ‘he’ it was a bit exciting,” Ramsey said in an interview with the New York Times. “I’m very much just a person.” 

Regarding pronouns, Ramsey claimed he doesn’t worry about what people use for them, but checks the nonbinary option on a form. 

“Being gendered isn’t something that I particularly like, but in terms of pronouns, I really couldn’t care less,” Ramsey says. 

Recently, Ramsey has been binding their chest during 90% of their role in The Last Of Us. Throughout her history of acting, she has constantly fought the gender barriers in the acting industry, and representing an LGBT character in one of the most popular shows in 2023 is just the beginning.