Gaymers can go “gay” on Xbox LIVE

Xbox LIVE now allows the “gay.” And the “transgender.”

In an update to Microsoft’s Terms of Use and Code of Conduct policy, Xbox 360 gamers are now allowed to create profiles that use the words gay, lesbian and transgender, something that previously frequently resulted in suspension of accounts for what gaymers were told was “offensive.”
“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,” wrote Marc Whitten, Xbox Live general manager, in a letter on the Xbox Web site. “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.”

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