Bil Browning

Xbox Backs Down: Allows LGBT Identity Expression

Filed By Bil Browning | March 08, 2010 5:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: bisexual, homophobic behavior, lesbian, LGBT community, LGBT identity expression, transgender, Xbox

Queer Xbox players rejoice! Microsoft announced that they will now allow Xbox Live players to identify themselves as straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. The company issued a press release on Friday to clarify their new position on "relationship recognition."

Xbox-LIVE-Logo.jpgThe Xbox LIVE Terms of Use and Code of Conduct are designed to create a place where people can safely enjoy all of the ways to interact on our service... without fear of discrimination or harassment.
With that in mind, I'd like to announce an update to the Xbox LIVE Terms of Use and Code of Conduct which will allow our members to more freely express their race, nationality, religion and sexual orientation in Gamertags and profiles. Under our previous policy, some of these expressions of self-identification were not allowed in Gamertags or profiles to prevent the use of these terms as insults or slurs. However we have since heard feedback from our customers that while the spirit of this approach was genuine, it inadvertently excluded a part of our Xbox LIVE community. This update also comes hand-in-hand with increased stringency and enforcement to prevent the misuse of these terms.

I truly believe that our diversity is what makes us strong: diversity in gaming and entertainment options, and diversity in the people that make up this amazing community.

Spoken as someone who spent several hours yesterday playing a video game to decompress, I salute them. But I'm still not giving up my PlayStation.

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I never played a game like this, with screen names and interaction and stuff, but do people really take a screen name like "biggayal" as an insult to gay people? Or is it more like "homokiller" type stuff?

Anyway, they're still blocking the word queer. And apparently questioning.

that's fine with me and all, i just don't really get why that matters when gaming?