Interesting; since 1979, nearly half my gamers have been female. My gaming groups have produced at least one marriage and numerous dating hook-ups.Mostly my own gender; between a 75/25 to 85/15 split. Part of that is because I rarely game with players willing to plat opposite gender, and in 42 years of gaming, only 3 of my groups have have had female gamers.
And I think that most stories benefit from having more than just male characters.
LOL, yeah the old lesbian, stripper, ninja trope!lol. For a time I had a gaming group whenever we rolled up characters and I heard, "think I'll play a woman this time" I knew it would be a supermodel lesbian.
This is a Legit ruling.For decades I have had a house rule that you can only play your own gender. I'm not going to watch a huge bearded ex-Ranger with tattooed knuckles roleplay a halfling girl ever again.