Microsoft: "Gay" Almost Always Used As A Pejorative On Live

This weekend the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation is hosting a talk about homophobia online and in games and Xbox Live's head of policy and enforcement will be on hand to hear what they have to say.

Stephen Toulouse is going to the talk at Electronic Arts as his team works to find a solution to Microsoft's current position on mentioning one's sexual orientation in a Gamertag or profile on Live. Right now it's not allowed, but Toulouse says that will change once they figure out the best way to implement that change.

"The overall policy we have today is that the expression of sexual orientation in a Gamertag or text field is not allowed," he told Kotaku today. "That doesn't matter what the orientation is."

Toulouse said the team felt that the policy was even handed in its treatment of the issue, but have since learned that some consider it unfair.

"We recognise that the policy is not just, that some communities feel like they are being targeted," he said. "Our challenge is how do that. We are working on that now."

When looking into the issue Toulouse's team found that 98 percent of the uses of the word "gay" on Live was pejorative.

The team is working now with GLAAD to best figure out how to resolve the issue in a way that allows people to identify themselves without allowing for something that could amount to hate speech.

"I don't know what shape or form it will take," Toulouse said, "but yes we will go back and figure out how to make it work."

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    "I don't hate the people, nor do I have "homophobia". I've socialized with gay people before whether it be from work or friends of friends, but I definitely don't approve of their lifestyle, nor do I have personal friends that are homosexual. I believe it to be morally wrong, and that is quite different than homophobia".

    I laughed out loud when I saw are you not being homophobic? You know what, I don't approve of people who eat meat but I certainly dont shun them out of my life from being friends with me. You make out that you cant be labelled as homophobic becuase hey, you talk to them...give me a break. You're homophobic plain and simple. You said it yourself, you wouldnt dare have a gay as a friend...who knows what might happen there mate, you might catch the gay too... laughing hahahaahaha

      Homophobia is literally a fear of homosexuals.
      If he talks to gay people, that means he is not afraid of them, therefore not a homophobe.

      Also, what is wrong with choosing not to be friends with people because of your disaproval of their lifestyle. If I am anoyed with someone who is overtly christian, I would not choose to be friends with him. Does that make me a religious biggot?

      Yeah, I think you need to get over it Dave..
      Ignoring the literal meaning of homophobia and taking to societal definition of homophobia being a hater of homosexuals..
      Disagreeing with a way of life does not make someone a hater.
      and not (knowingly) having any homosexual friends doesn't make you a hater either.

      The MS rep did not say (as you imply) that he doesn't make friends with homosexual people.. He just said he doesn't have any friends who are homosexual..

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