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Homophobia is "rampant" on Xbox

Sat 28 Feb 2009 In: International News View at Wayback

Gay gamers are telling Microsoft that their online gaming community for the Xbox console is riddled with homophobia. "I was harassed by several players, 'chased' to different maps/games to get away from their harassment," said one openly lesbian player, who was banned from playing because she "offended" other players, reports PinkNews.co.uk. X Box Live moderating chief Stephen Toulouse says expressions of any sexual orientation (straight or gay or otherwise) is not allowed in gamertags. "However we've heard from the user-base they want that capability, so I am examining how we can provide it in a way that won't get misused." The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation said there was "rampant homophobia in the online gaming community." Recent US studies have highlighted an anti-gay culture in the online gaming community. Over 80% of gay gamers surveyed had heard the phrase "that's so gay" and had seen the word 'gay' used in a derogatory way.    

Credit: GayNZ.com Daily News Staff

First published: Saturday, 28th February 2009 - 7:23pm

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