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Microsoft’s Xbox Live Will Let Gamers Identify As ‘Gay’ and ‘Transgender.’ But Not ‘Queer’

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When we learned last week that Microsoft would update its Xbox Live policies to let gamers identify their sexual orientation in their profiles without it being considered offensive, we were thrilled: Finally, after months (years?) of criticism of its rules that attempted to crack down on harassment (but had the adverse effect of refusing a little personal expression), Microsoft was taking the hint. Maybe we should’ve read the find print.

Xbox Live’s revised Code of Conduct says:

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.

Haha. Know what that means? No “queer,” “questioning,” “intersex,” or even “pansexual.” And in one fell swoop, Microsoft lances lengthy, out of control acronyms like LGBTQIPXXX9390239B.