One of Xbox Live’s more irksome policies has been that if your gamertag happens to mention that you are gay or lesbian, that’s not permitted. (Or if you use your real name, which happens to contain the letters G-A-Y in that order.) But Microsoft has changed their code of conduct, and this policy is no more.
In an open letter/press release, Xbox Live General Manager Marc Whitten tells gamers:
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.
A Letter from Marc Whitten: Update to Xbox LIVE Code of Conduct [Press Release] (via GamingAngels)
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