Girl That Identified Herself As A Lesbian Gets Banned From Xbox Live

Posted Feb 27, 2009

Teresa, a former Xbox Live user was harrassed by several other people and was later suspended from using the service because she identified herself as a lesbian in her profile.  Other gamers supposedly found this offensive.  Words such as “gay” and “Jew” will also get your banned.

“As stated in the Xbox LIVE Terms of Use, a member may not create a gamertag or use text in other profile fields that include comments that look, sound like, stand for, hint at, abbreviate, or insinuate content of a potentially sexual nature,” Microsoft reported to Ars Technica. “Profiles that do are asked to change the language and suspended until changes are made. In regards to sexual orientation, for gamertags or profiles we do not allow expression of any type of orientation, be that hetero or other. Players can, however, self identify in voice communication where context is more easily explained to all players involved.”

Microsoft takes harrasment very seriously as demonstrated by this action.  It is difficult to maintain policy in favor of different people, but for I recommend not using any sort of offensive word or anything that relates to sexual orientation.