Anyone who games online knows that negative comments about gay people are all too common. Compounding the problem, even game companies who treat their GLBT employees well seem to be wrestling with the notion of how deal with the open expression of sexual orientation in games.
The good news is that the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) plans to hold a panel discussion in homophobia in videogame culture on Saturday. EA will host the event, which is open to the public, at its Redwood HQ. Other noteworthy organizations which will participate are Microsoft, Second Life publisher Linden Labs, GayGamer.net and the ESA.
Shacknews reports on the agenda:
Topics will include "how to provide safe spaces for LGBT people online, how to ensure the best policies are in place to prevent virtual attacks against LGBT people and how to educate the users of online communities about the effects of homophobia.
The GLAAD website reports that the panel will be composed of:
- Flynn DeMarco (Alias: Fruite Brute), Founder of GayGamer.net
- Dan Hewitt, Senior Director of Communications & Industry Affairs for the ESA
- Caryl Shaw, Senior Producer in the Maxis Studio
- Cyn Skyberg, VP of Customer Relations at Linden Lab
- Stephen Toulouse (Gamertag: stepto), Program Manager for Policy and Enforcement on Microsoft’s XBox LIVE
- Moderator: Justin Cole, Director of Digital & Online Media, GLAAD