|Dylan's preference for wearing suits might be the scandal of the century, but she doesn't mind. Audrey desperately wants a child, and now science has made it possible. What impact will a child have on their lives?|
|Members||Dylan Shear, Audrey Shear, Charlie Shear|
|Number of generations||2 generations|
|Lot||55 Sunburst Street|
|Game||The Sims 3 Store|
The Shear family is a pre-made family from the downloadable neighborhood of Roaring Heights, available on The Sims 3 Store. It consists of the same-sex couple Dylan and Audrey Shear, and their son Charlie. This family is the first and one of the only three openly same-sex couples in the franchise to date, the others being the Hecking family from Brindleton Bay and the Ngata family from Sulani.
The mention in the family bio of "science mak[ing] it possible" for Audrey and Dylan to have a baby together may be a reference to popular mods for The Sims 2 and The Sims 3 that allow same-sex couples to have children who are the biological offspring of both or the hospital in The Sims 3: Into the Future that allows the mixing of DNA of same-sex couples to create a biological offspring. Indeed, Charlie seems like he may have genetics from both parents, with a skin-tone midway between Audrey's and Dylan's, as would be usual for a biological child in The Sims 3. However, this is still not actually possible in-game, and for the couple to have more children it is necessary to use mods or to have them adopt.
Since Audrey is Family-Oriented it is likely that she will want to have more children; this is even hinted at in-game, since next door to Charlie's bedroom (a child's bedroom with blue decor) is a room with pink furnishings containing a crib, likely indicating that the Shears are planning to try for a girl sometime in the future. There are also toddler toys and books and a high chair elsewhere in the house, even though Charlie is too old to use these objects, further hinting that the couple plan to have another child.
- Dylan and Audrey are the first openly same-sex couple in The Sims series.
- The two could be references to Katharine Hepburn and Audrey Hepburn.