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February 06, 2006

LGBT and On-line Games

An interesting debate has started to spring up on many gaming websites concerning expression of LGBT affiliation in online games. One of the world's most popular games, World of Warcraft, currently has over 5 million subscribers. Blizzard, the game's creator, recently stated an LGBT-friendly guild could not advertise their group because it would create harassment from other players, which would violate their sexual harassment policy.

In On-line games, the public chat channels are often filled with gay-bashing remarks. This has caused some players to come together in LGBT-friendly guilds so they can avoid these public chat channels and not have to worry about harassement.

Due to Blizzard's stance against LGBT-friendly guilds, they have been issued a Gay Rights Warning by Lambda Legal. More information can be found here.

Posted by baumannm at February 6, 2006 11:01 PM


Oh, can I leave the first comment?

Can I be the first linking page?

Virtual civil rights. I love this story.

But I wish there were another way to post without leaving my clickable email address right up there, inviting spambots... hint, hint... can't somebody fix that?

Posted by: pioggiapioggia [at] gmail [dot] com at February 7, 2006 12:52 AM

Hooray Lambda Legal!

I hate to make this comparison:

No, nevermind. I love to make this comparison: Telling people not to talk about being LGBT because it might incite people to harass them is like telling a girl not to wear a short skirt because it might get her raped. How she dresses has (well, should have) no impact on her safety. Same for being openly LGBT in an online community.

And PS for pioggiapioggia: fixed. For now. Just don't type our your whole email address when you comment and we should be fine. :)

Posted by: persingd at February 8, 2006 11:58 AM

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