Xbox Live’s LGBT policies get changed

According to this, one can now express their sexual orientation via their gamertag or Xbox Live profile. Stephen Toulouse, the director of Live’s policy and enforcement, announced the changes. The new regs state you can use the words lesbian, gay, bi, transgender or straight in your profile or gamertag.

On one hand, it would be easy to see this as a progressive and commendable step for the Xbox Live community — a chance for people to know more about you and, as a friend of mine put it, a chance for someone to at least stick his or her toes out of the closet.

However, while there are certainly regular, level-headed people on Live, there’s also a staggering amount of duncery coupled with idiotic, racist and sexist drivel that populates a lot of online gaming sessions. I’m not sure what the incentive would be for some to post that kind of information and give the dregs of the online community more bullets in the chamber. A femaIe co-worker of mine can’t get through one Modern Warfare session without some spoiled, brain-damaged 12-year-old telling her to go make a sandwich.

At the same time, there’s no progress without pain. We’ll see how this unfolds.