Sexual Orientation Can Now be Included in Gamertag

March 5, 2010 -

Microsoft has updated its Xbox Live Code of Conduct with terminology that now allows gamers to include their sexual orientation in their Gamertag.

Gamers are now free to label themselves as Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Transgender or Straight, in a move GayGamer called “fantastic.”

In a letter announcing the change, Microsoft’s Mark Whitten wrote:

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.

More from GayGamer on the change:

This is something we have been fighting for here on GayGamer for a long time and it's gives us a wonderful feeling to finally see it come to fruition.

Congratulations to Microsoft and Xbox Live for stepping up to the plate and listening to the concerns of an important and oft overlooked section of the gaming community. Bravo!


Thanks Andrew!


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Re: Sexual Orientation Can Now be Included in Gamertag

I don't know what you play, but I play Battlefield: Bad Company, Team Fortress 2, Left 4 Dead, and various other games online for hours every week. I've never heard anyone called a fag, though I've been personally called the N-word several times (I'm white).

 

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Re: Sexual Orientation Can Now be Included in Gamertag

 Yeah the peeps I game with on Steam/PSN sure as fuck are. Being able to identify through profile allows ppl to connect with others/play games with others who won't give 'em shit so it has a net positive effect. 

 

It's basically the equivalent of being called a haxxor for doing something somewhat amazing, like taking out a plane with an RPG in BF. Of course, harrassment/stalking is another matter entirely, but often ppl are targeted by stalkers just for being female/playing with a pink Spartan.

Re: Sexual Orientation Can Now be Included in Gamertag

that's what the report button is for.

Re: Sexual Orientation Can Now be Included in Gamertag

 Nobody is operating under the false assumption that identifying yourself as anything other than straight in your gamertag would result in anything less than the most horrific queerbashing possible, just as anyone who has a black avatar in xbl can expect to be called "Nigger" literally every 5 seconds. /b/ is no longer the asshole of the internet, the entire internet is the asshole of the internet.

Re: Sexual Orientation Can Now be Included in Gamertag

Why would they even ask that? It's stupid.

Re: Sexual Orientation Can Now be Included in Gamertag

It is not some question that one must answer when setting up their gamer profile. They are just allowing people to put it in their profile and gamertag if they want to. There is no requirement. There is no specific sexual orientation question.

Please people. Learn to read.

E. Zachary Knight
Oklahoma City Chapter of the ECA
http://www.theeca.com/chapters_oklahoma

Re: Sexual Orientation Can Now be Included in Gamertag

Nevered expected this to happen. Good job MS.

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Re: Sexual Orientation Can Now be Included in Gamertag

WOAH! Holy 180 degree turnaround batman!

It wasn't long ago they banned a guy for having the last name gayman or something similar.

Booo on GP for missing the bigger picture though

"As of today, references to sexual orientation, race, religion and nationality will be allowed in Gamertags and profiles!"

Re: Sexual Orientation Can Now be Included in Gamertag

Richard Gaywood

Pray tell, what bigger picture do you feel GP has missed?

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Sexual Orientation Can Now be Included in Gamertag

 uh.. the quoted area of my post ... the part about race, religion. That's a quote from the actual press release.

Re: Sexual Orientation Can Now be Included in Gamertag

Egads, I'm blind!

Well, I feel sheepish.  Especially considering I too wondered why that wasn't mentioned in GP's report.

"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." -Marc Whitten

Interestingly, the updated code of conduct does not mention race, religion, or nationality.  Perhaps that's why GP omitted it?

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Sexual Orientation Can Now be Included in Gamertag

Well I can't remember MS ever banning someone over talking about their race nationality or religion just sexuality.

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Re: Sexual Orientation Can Now be Included in Gamertag

Is there a "None of your fucking business, now shut up and frag something" option?

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Re: Sexual Orientation Can Now be Included in Gamertag

You're such a frag.

Re: Sexual Orientation Can Now be Included in Gamertag

Considering the areas of your gamer profile you can enter this in are areas that you manually enter information, then yes there is that option. In order to exercise that option all one has to do is refrain from typing that information in.

E. Zachary Knight
Oklahoma City Chapter of the ECA
http://www.theeca.com/chapters_oklahoma

Re: Sexual Orientation Can Now be Included in Gamertag

huh, this is actually really nice of them to do.

 

Just one little teeny problem... Transgender/Transexual isnt a sexual orientation but a self identity to one's gender to those who beleive they were born the wrong sex.

 

Beyond that, I actually see Transgender being a option actually nice. Though I can see some people not wanting others to know.

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