We mentioned this in passing when we reported on EA and other game companies signing onto an amicus brief supporting the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, but the event deserves a little more attention: On March 7 Electronic Arts and the Human Rights Campaign will host an event to address the full spectrum of LGBT issues in gaming in New York City.
The half day event will discuss the origins of homophobia in games, the development of authentic LGBT characters and scenarios in games, a discussion on the differences between exclusive and inclusive language and what can be done by members of the video game industry to promote inclusive work environments for LGBT employees in the digital entertainment industry.
This event will feature members from the HRC, the Ford Foundation, and videogame developers and professionals. NFL linebacker and Super Bowl Champion Brendon Ayanbadejo of the Baltimore Ravens will also take part in a fireside chat to discuss the challenges of creating an "inclusive culture and supporting the legalization of same-sex marriage despite harsh criticism and opposition."
We hope to have more details on this event next week.