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Sexual Orientation Update on Xbox LIVE

Microsoft General Manager of Xbox LIVE ‘Mark Whitten’ has today released a statement which describes updates to the Xbox LIVE Code of Conduct that make it acceptable policy to state our sexual orientation in gamer profiles.

Part of the statement states:

The 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, be it online multiplayer gaming, photo sharing, Netflix parties, or social games such as 1 vs. 100, without fear of discrimination or harassment. As the service evolves and our customers provide us with feedback, these rules evolve to incorporate new features or changes in how people wish to interact.

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.

You can read it in full here, but if you yourself are indeed Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, from today you may update your information on Xbox LIVE without any fear of temporary suspensions for it being mistaken as insults.

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10 comments on 'Sexual Orientation Update on Xbox LIVE'

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Comment by Veritas on 2010-03-05 18:56:05 | Reply

Can of worms = opened

Comment by H34RT 4TT4CK on 2010-03-05 20:01:12 | Reply

Hey Jason, got your message on Xbox Live, sign me up, I’m interested.

Also, ^ agreed.

Yeah its called GamerChixOnChix :) LOL

Comment by Steve on 2010-03-05 21:45:29 | Reply

Here comes the “bonesmoker” gamertags!!!

Comment by poo-on-u on 2010-03-05 23:55:51 | Reply

So now the xbox fags can tell us what we already know. That there all fags. Hey “web master” that was on topic wasnt it? So what excuse are you going to use for removing my comment this time.

Depends what I or anyone else with the [EDIT] Button consider a nuisance… despite posting most of the news, there are many others who dont, but are still able to remove messages from the Front Page.

Yeah and i’m probably the most active person deleting the bullshit. What can i say? I have a low tolerance for homophobes and stupid people, i have a fair few gay and lesbian friends, homophobic idiots annoy me.

Comment by TK Chillin on 2010-03-06 00:23:39 | Reply


EDIT: Actually i’ve changed my mind, complete homophobia like that is not tolerated. Post deleted.

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