Xbox Live Live General Manager, Marc Whitten announced in a letter to Live members that they have had a change of heart regarding their online system’s Code of Conduct. In the past Live reportedly banned a number of members who identified themselves as ‘gay.’ They were avoiding opening up that can of worms which could lead to harassment.
Microsoft have heard feedback from its customers and spoken to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) for nearly a year. The two sides worked to together to change what was viewed as a “heavy-handed and potentially discriminatory Code of Conduct” after Live reportedly banned a number of members who identified themselves as gay.
Now they have announced that will permit members to post race, religion, and sexual orientation in their profiles and Gamertags. Under the new terms, Microsoft says it will allow Live members to express “relationship orientation” in profiles and Gamertags using the terms: lesbian, gay, bi, transgender, and straight.