Microsoft Receptive To Checkbox Solution For Noting Xbox Live User’s Sexual Orientation

Over at, I’ve got an interview with Microsoft’s head of policy enforcement for Xbox Live, who notes that the company’s current ban on the words “gay” and “lesbian” is an “inelegant” solution designed to tamp down on offensive Gamertags and profiles. It needs fixing, he says, but that fix won’t involve letting users type the word “gay,” which XBL standards police still see used pejoratively “95% to 98%” of the time. They do like the fix I proposed during the interview: letting users display a symbol or check a box to note sexual orientation.

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