Xbox LIVE policy change, allows users to get more sexual

Microsoft has finally changed one of its much argued policies for Xbox LIVE, allowing users to express their sexual orientation in their gamertags and profiles.  Users have been previously suspended and banned from the Xbox LIVE service, because they would express their sexual orientation in their gamertag and profiles.

Microsoft has published an update to date Code of Conduct for Xbox LIVE, saying “You may use the following terms to express your relationship orientation in your profile or Gamertag: Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Transgender, or Straight.”

However, in regards to the changes, Microsoft said they will be heavily moderating abuse on Xbox LIVE to take action upon users who “insult, harass, or any other pejorative use against other users,” based on other users sexual orientation.  Microsoft recommends users take a break or mute players who make you angry.

Director of policy and enforcement on Xbox LIVE, Stephen Toulouse, has tweeted, “Special thanks to GLAAD and Microsoft's LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans) community for guidance on the terms.”

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How is listing LGBT or S on your profile inappropriate for children to see? It's one word. It means pretty much nothing to them. Kids witness straight relationships every day. One word on a profile is not going to influence them or turn them gay or something. What would worry me is all the foul language, or a bunch of adult guys influencing the way children talk and behave on xbox live. I'm sure you can filter out most of that with parental controls, right?

@ Ji@nBing: I'm pretty sure your sexual orientation is anything but a private thing. Have you ever dated someone? Have you ever held their hand or kissed them in public? No one wants to keep their sexual orientation private, and no one should have to. :)

Well for the sexual oriented haters out there. They now have the ability to avoid said tagged people expressing their sexuality. Personally I don't really care who they are or what they are as long as they respect my way and not come on to me when I'm gaming lol...

Well... I'm all for equality and everything (I've voiced this numerous times on the forums), but to be quite honest, I just don't see the need to put this in an XBox Live gamertag... It's just unnecessary. I'm in no way saying that anyone should have to hide who they are, but it's unnecessary in a space like XBox Live...

M_Lyons10 said,
Well... I'm all for equality and everything (I've voiced this numerous times on the forums), but to be quite honest, I just don't see the need to put this in an XBox Live gamertag... It's just unnecessary. I'm in no way saying that anyone should have to hide who they are, but it's unnecessary in a space like XBox Live...

But who's to say what xbox Live is for? Ultimately that's up to Microsoft, and in this case they've decided to let people have a tiny bit more social freedom. Maybe you use Live to play games very competitively. Maybe someone else plays more casual games and wants to be more social with the other players. Who's to say that you can't talk about anything personal on xbox Live? If more social players want to have a more personal profile, I don't see any problem with that.

While it's not really the place for it as it doesn't matter (at most you're a voice and an avatar), I don't think it should be something that gets you banned unless it's graphic. Gaymer247 is far different than say MassEffectLovinHomo or LovingVaginaMakesYouARealMan.

I don't see why it should be a big deal to anyone what someone else's gamertag is. So someone wants to base their GT off of their sexuality. I don't see how that's any different than me basing mine off of the fact that I was into astronomy at the time I joined XBL. Good for MS on this.

Does it really matter what your sexual orientation is? All that's important is that you're there to play games.

I'm a heterosexual male but have a couple of gay friends. They aren't the "stereotypical gay" male and believe me they are very discrete about their sexuality.

It doesn't offend me if someone has gay, lesbian, etc in their gamertag but I personally find it attention seeking.

The same goes for any straight person with "big dick 4 u hotties lolz" in their tag. Xbox live isn't a dating website, so just grow up and just play some games.

Now terms that were meant as slang are going to be deemed as harrasment so that your xbox live account can get suspended?

FFS when will these people ever learn. Next time you get killed by a sniper in COD:MW2 be careful not to say, "Well, that was gay".

From some of the language on many fps servers you would think the vast majority of players were gay, I see people calling other players gay, homo or that dreaded F word all the time.

James Riske said,
From some of the language on many fps servers you would think the vast majority of players were gay, I see people calling other players gay, homo or that dreaded F word all the time.

Words are only as bad as the person they're directed at takes them to be. You think the "F" word is "dreaded." I think it's hilarious. People get their panties in a twist about the dumbest things. If you don't like what you're seeing, turn your stupid head.

Cat Fluid said,

Words are only as bad as the person they're directed at takes them to be. You think the "F" word is "dreaded." I think it's hilarious. People get their panties in a twist about the dumbest things. If you don't like what you're seeing, turn your stupid head.

Agreed +1

Well done, you just validated his point. Calling him stupid is just shows you are immature like those he is talking about. If you don't like what he has to say, then turn YOUR "stupid head" and don't comment.

Who cares if you gay, straight, transgender, gender confused in a friggin game? You kill people and get killed by people in games just the same. This is just a waste of time.

Why do people feel the need to express any of the above names in their gamertag? Profile, fine, it's more personal, but I really wish people didn't feel the need to wear their sexual orientation, politics, religion, or anything else more "worldly" on their sleeves. It's like when people start getting political in mmo trade chat...I'm trying to escape that crap. It only causes controversy anyways; someone always going to get their feelings hurt by some adolescent twit TRYING to push someones buttons, just to get a rise, even if they don't really care.

Why not? People should be able to express themselves as they please, as long as it is not infringing on the rights or quality of life of others. I agree wearing it in your gamertag is lame, but you shouldn't judge someone for it. This policy change also applies to what you put on your profile as well.

Saburac said,
Why would you even put that in there or think that anyone wants to know or cares?

For the same reason you think that anyone knows or cares what you have to say about it.

I guess that's cool, but are you really that [lesbian], [gay], [bisexual], [transgender], or [straight] to have it listed in your gamer tag? I can understand having that in your profile or relationship status, but in a username?

JVF said,
I guess that's cool, but are you really that [lesbian], [gay], [bisexual], [transgender], or [straight] to have it listed in your gamer tag? I can understand having that in your profile or relationship status, but in a username?

Some people aren't bigoted airheads who find alternative sexual preferences abominable?

Cat Fluid said,

Some people aren't bigoted airheads who find alternative sexual preferences abominable?

Being straight is an alternative sexual preference? Did you noticed I also included "[straight]"?

JVF said,

Being straight is an alternative sexual preference? Did you noticed I also included "[straight]"?


All sexual orientations are alternative. Particular sexualities are not always preferences, and so shouldn't be regarded as such.

C_Guy said,
Agreed. However, if I had to choose I'd rather see Microsoft permit that use rather than ban people for it.

Why? It was clearly stated to be against the rules and people were breaking the rule on purpose. Of course they should be banned. It's just not appropriate.

Ji@nBing said,

Why? It was clearly stated to be against the rules and people were breaking the rule on purpose. Of course they should be banned. It's just not appropriate.

What's so inappropriate?

tomjol said,

What's so inappropriate?

It's a terrible affront to God if you come out of the closet. Duh. You are not allowed to be proud of who you are unless you're straight. God hates queers, doesn't he? That's what those bible thumping tardos keep saying, anyway.

Ji@nBing said,

Why? It was clearly stated to be against the rules and people were breaking the rule on purpose. Of course they should be banned. It's just not appropriate.

Get out of the dark ages.

Ji@nBing said,

Why? It was clearly stated to be against the rules and people were breaking the rule on purpose. Of course they should be banned. It's just not appropriate.

It's way more appropriate than some of the other items out there.

acnpt said,
Not needed, I don't care or want to know about your sexuality, or that your transgender.

Just as nobody cares what you have to say about things on this forum. Nobody forces you to read it. Have a look at today's newspaper, you might notice that the current year is 2010.

This could be very bad as most people will assume that its ok to use these terms as they please. Also, I forsee a great amount of harrasment from stupid people if you have these terms in your profile.

Chrono951 said,
This could be very bad as most people will assume that its ok to use these terms as they please. Also, I forsee a great amount of harrasment from stupid people if you have these terms in your profile.

I agree. I'm all for equality and all, but I really don't see the need to plaster this all over XBox Live personally...

Chrono951 said,
This could be very bad as most people will assume that its ok to use these terms as they please. Also, I forsee a great amount of harrasment from stupid people if you have these terms in your profile.

Well that's why it is said that it will be moderated. There is a report option for voice communication if someone is continuously harrassing you over it.

Chrono951 said,
This could be very bad as most people will assume that its ok to use these terms as they please. Also, I forsee a great amount of harrasment from stupid people if you have these terms in your profile.

I don't see why. Plenty of people put it on their Facebook profiles etc. Any harassment based upon gender, age, race, religion or sexuality will not be tolerated, and will get banned.