A woman who identified herself as a lesbian in her Xbox Live profile has reportedly been banned from Microsoft’s online gaming venue.
The woman, known only as "Teresa," told The Consumerist:
My [Xbox Live] account was suspended because I had said in my profile that I was a lesbian. I was harassed by several players, ‘chased’ to different maps/games to get away from their harassment. They followed me into the games and told all the other players to turn me in because they didn’t want to see that crap or their kids to see that crap.
As if xbox live is really appropriate for kids anyways! My account was suspended and xbox live did nothing to solve this, but instead said others found it offensive…
Microsoft does nothing to stop this or prevent it, but instead sides with the homophobes…
Microsoft, which in September received a perfect score from gay equality group Human Rights Campaign, has struggled with the gay identity issue on Xbox Live.
Most notably, in 2008 XBL banned the gamertag "Richard Gaywood," even though it was the user’s actual name.