As several people have said very few of the NPC's have relationships with other NPC's while we could assume that 95% of them are asexual it's far more likely that Blizzard just don't think it's important to plot.
As Garam says there are a disgraceful amount of immature homophobes in WoW (sadly probably representative of the world we live in) and as such I wouldn't want a gay NPC unless he/she was amazingly awesome, one of the good guys and impossible to kill.
I open several tickets in an average week about people being homophobic/sexist/racist or just generally bigoted, I usually give them a chance and ask them to reconsider there language...very few of them do and it's nice to note they are almost always not seen for a few days. Blizzard does at least take reports seriously.
I'm sure there was some suggestion one of the dragons was transgender in human form? although I'm sure that was probably just a mistake.
a lot of teenagers and young adults will hopefully realize that "normal" is what they grew up with and the vast world around them, their normal isn't.
Ok... I gotta stop you here.
You do realize that people are either born straight or gay right? That seeing things on tv or in games that include homosexuals won't "turn" them one way or the other?
Also, why is it bad to promote equal rights on any medium? Please enlighten me as to why you think this would be harmful to children?
ETA: I am a mother of two children. First of all: I don't let my kids play a T rated game. Second of all: It honestly does not matter to me if they are exposed to the idea that "Steve and Frank/Jill and Susan love each other the same way Mommy and Daddy love each other," because that is OKAY. Just because it is not a lifestyle you choose for yourself, does not mean that it is wrong or immoral. It's LOVE. Love is a beautiful thing whether it's between a man and woman, man and man, or woman and woman.
Fact is, people in minorities try very hard to get their way of life into the main stream as in obvious in the article in the original post. While I can understand why; it does put pressure on the people who were perfectly content before, to change their ideas about what is normal or what is okay. It is imposing weather its wrong or not.
Sometimes you need to think about the other guy, believe me I hate it that homosexuals are killing themselves or worse being killed by haters, but for some people; peaceful people, it's pretty hard for them to just up and change their entire mentallity about sexuallity.
for gods sake my grandfather almost had a heart attack when he saw his first gay wedding, i remember his quote "I never thought I would see the day". Can you imagine what he was feeling? He didnt shout out hate slurs or anything, he was just so suprised that it happened, because when he was young he didnt even know homosexuallity existed (because people were to scared to admit it).
sorry to ramble, point is, try looking at both sides of the coin even if you feel the other half is completley irrational.
We have words that can describe heterosexuality and homosexuality more precisely. Usage of (and defending the usage of) "normal" because it can just mean "average" doesn't in any way justify it, because it often means something else entirely.
That said, I think the article was silly, because sexuality is mostly a non-topic in the actual story. And, more, I'm fairly certain there are several homosexual characters in the game - they don't need to have <Gay> under their name to make it so.
This kind of silliness, trying to convince people that sexuality matters, doesn't really help the gay community. At all. Much as I'd like to join in on the Lorthemar joke, I'll try to keep things serious.
I find this argument as silly as if the poster had substituted "gay world of warcraft" for, say, "african-american world of warcraft" or "jewish world of warcraft". No disrespect intended towards any of the three demographics, but why are people so insistent on emphasizing their mostly meaningless differences? I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but in this case, heterosexuality is the default configuration for animals. To state otherwise would be sort of silly -- our sexuality is innate, no matter what certain types of people would have you believe.
I'm rambling and not making my point, so here it is: until our society reaches the point where we don't spend so much damn time emphasizing our differences, be those differences in race, creed, color, sexuality, or whatever other absolutely meaningless difference between us, things are going to suck. Attempting to encourage others to embrace the fact that we all have these differences of whatever sort from one another is one thing -- a good thing. Trying to force them into it just breeds resentment among those who are too stupid or close-minded to ever accept you to begin with.
This has nothing to do with gay rights, and everything to do with one particular author feeling upset because his particular demographic isn't represented. Somebody, or multiple somebodies, could have chosen not to make any openly gay NPCs for a number of reasons -- it's a touchy thing. Say you make a gay NPC, but you depict them in, shall we say, semi-stereotypical fashion. It's not something you do deliberately to offend, but guess what, you just offended. Except now, not only have you offended one community (admittedly, these are the idiots who are offended by homosexuality and really not worth caring about) but you've also offended the community you were, presumably, trying to reach out to with your product. Oops.
Blizzard doesn't really thrust the sexuality of ANY of its characters in your face. It's not relevant to the storyline, and feeling offended because your particular demographic isn't adequately represented is just silly.