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Microsoft lifts Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy from Xbox Live

March 5, 2010

This morning, Microsoft announced a change in their terms of service that allows much more flexibility in allowing a person to show his or her sexual orientation in their Live profile or on their gamertag.

“You may use the following terms to express your relationship orientation in your profile or Gamertag: Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Transgender, Straight.

However, any other term is still prohibited. On top  of this, the new policy mentions it’s prohibited to these terms “or any other terms regarding relationship orientation to insult, harass, or any other pejorative use against other users.”

The move comes after Microsoft met with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) last April, where discussions were held regarding Microsoft’s banning of people from the service who posted their sexual orientation within their profiles.

With sexual orientation now able to be thrown out in the open on Xbox Live, will Microsoft strictly enforce it’s guideline to prevent harassment towards users? Let us know what you think.

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