Microsoft Updates Xbox Live’s LGBT Policies

Microsoft Updates Xbox Live's LGBT Policies

Microsoft Updates Xbox Live's LGBT Policies

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people can now express their relationship orientation in their profile and Gamertag on Xbox Live.

That’s following recently implemented changes to the online service’s Code of Conduct, which were announced today by Stephen Toulouse, director of policy and enforcement for Xbox Live.

The updated regulations read: “You may use the following terms to express your relationship orientation in your profile or Gamertag:

Lesbian
Gay
Bi
Transgender
Straight

“Other terms regarding relationship orientation are not allowed. In addition you may not use these terms or any other terms regarding relationship orientation to insult, harass, or any other pejorative use against other users.”

Toulouse offered his thanks to the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and Xbox Live’s LGBT community for their guidance on the terms.

Microsoft was criticised last year for cracking down on Gamertags that contained “content of a sexual nature”.