You may remember the story last year of a woman named Teresa who was banned from Xbox Live for identifying herself as a lesbian within her gamercard. There was quite a furore surrounding the issue, with complaints from the likes of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation against Microsoft's supposedly-homophobic policies. Just to be clear though, the policies were not homophobic but rather aimed at preventing all sexual nature and innuendos from user's gamertags, mottos and biographies.
In the year that has passed since then, Microsoft have been working to improve their Code of Conduct to be more inclusive to everyone - in terms of gender, nationality, race, religion and sexual preference - but while still being suitable for all 23 million Xbox Live users.
Xbox Live General Manager Marc Whitten (perhaps better known as Notwen
) today announced the following update:
I truly believe that our diversity is what makes us strong: diversity in gaming and entertainment options, and diversity in the people that make up this amazing community. I look forward to seeing you on LIVE soon.
Obviously this doesn't
mean that everyone can now litter their profiles with homophobic slurs and racial epithets, and the Code of Conduct does explicitly say that while terms like lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and straight will be acceptable in your profile or gamertag that "you may not use these terms or any other terms regarding relationship orientation to insult, harass, or any other pejorative use against other users."