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EA to host Homophobia in Virtual Communities panel this Saturday

Wednesday, 15th July 2009 18:20 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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EA will host a panel on homophobia in videogame culture sponsored by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) this Saturday.

Joining Electronic Arts will be the Entertainment Software Association, GayGamer.net, Linden Labs, and Microsoft.

Discussions include how to best “provide safe spaces for LGBT people online”, “how to ensure the best policies are in place to prevent virtual attacks against LGBT people” and “how to educate the users of online communities about the effects of homophobia.”

The event is being held at EA’s Redwood Studios from 11am-1pm and is open to the public.

Via Shack.

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22 Comments

  1. No_PUDding

    LGBT?

    Whats the B stand for?

    Also, if people are homophobic, that’s it. It’s like people who are racist or sexist. They have been brought up that way, there’s not poitn trying to change people as theya re.

    There’s only a point trying to teach young kids not to be bigots of any kind.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. DaMan

    bi, lesbian-gay-bisexual-transvestite?

    #2 5 years ago
  3. No_PUDding

    Ahh, that makes sense.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. DaMan

    l, g, and b types actually.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Stephany Nunneley

    Actually, I think the “T” stands for both transgender and transexual.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. TheTwelve

    Lesbian. Gay. Bisexual. Transgender.

    That’s only a shortened list, actually—their clubs on various campuses in America can have many more letters.

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    #6 5 years ago
  7. DaMan

    er, right.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. MissWacy

    no ones safe online, all there saying is protect us and fuck everyone else tbh, i dont hear any other people who are discrimated against wanting spaces for thier own

    #8 5 years ago
  9. TheTwelve

    That’s because, MissWacy, complaints of discrimination in the past had to do with obvious outward things like skin-color. These various groups had no choice but to fight their battles long ago, simply because that was how they looked. Now those battles are won and in most places in the civilized world, there is no strong discrimination based on the color of one’s skin. Of course there are exceptions but they don’t last very long.

    Here we have a group of people that are struggling to make room based on how they have sex. Sexuality is such an abstract concept in even the most clear of situations. So this particular group here has to make a lot of solid noise to make up for the abstract nature of how they’re trying to define themselves.

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    #9 5 years ago
  10. freedoms_stain

    8 sounds like the type of person who should attend this. Get educated so as not to sound as ignorant in the future.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. MissWacy

    10 sounds like the type of person who needs to get a clue and not be an asshole, i dont need to be educated in this subject especially, after the way i been talked too and treated by gays etc for no reason, im just baseing it on exp

    #11 5 years ago
  12. freedoms_stain

    And there’s the vindication ladies and gents.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. phatb0y

    I can’t take this seriously. Not because of any gender ‘issues’, but because of the industry.

    Here you have an industry that bans openly gay users from Live, has censorship issues when it comes to content (ie you can show a man being torn limb from limb and nobody bats an eyelid, bring sexuality into the equation an journlolists go into meltdown) and has a community that uses the word ‘gay’ as anything from an insult to a term of endearment.

    I guess the third point is what they’re trying to address, but I’m guessing it’ll go down about as well as a motown night at the local KKK lodge.

    The industry is too immature, in both its perception and behaviour, to deal with something as heavyweight as this. Hell, the movie industry is only just coming to terms with this sort of thing.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. MissWacy

    whatever reassures you to belive, its why i dont bother with things like this usualy, allways tried to get made out to obe something your not by some pc sensitive gimp with a vicious attitude

    #14 5 years ago
  15. TheTwelve

    I actually agree with MissWacy in spirit…just that she has no clue how to say it with any kind of class. LOL

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    #15 5 years ago
  16. freedoms_stain

    14, it’s nothing to do with being pc, sensitive or anything else you’d prefer to label it, it’s about leaving nasty prejudices in the past where they belong and not basing your opinions on a large group of people based on a select few personal encounters – if you had prior bad experiences with people who happened to be gay then your issue is with those individuals, not the entire LGBT population. The comments you made as they stand stink of prejudice and bigotry, if you don’t want to be “made out to be something you’re not” then for fuck sake think about how your comments will sound before you submit them then you won’t infer yourself to be that “something you’re not” as you currently are.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. TheTwelve

    I simply believe that it’s wrong (I’m not saying “wrong” from a moral angle in this particular argument (although I am a Christian) but rather from a demographical one) to create a division in society and expect special treatment for that division based on how one has sex. Sex is too abstract. I feel it isn’t genuine/realistic to expect the same kinds of treatment as those who didn’t have equal rights based on skin color/ethnicity, something much more solid and proof-worthy.

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    #17 5 years ago
  18. freedoms_stain

    What division? You appear to be interpreting “safe spaces” as some sort of online gay haven where heteros dare not tread – I believe this to be a misinterpretation and that “safe space” refers to the entirety of services like XBL and the PSN where expressions of prejudice and bigotry shouldn’t be tolerated, and that includes racism, anti-Semitism AND homophobia.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. TheTwelve

    Uh, nope. Didn’t mean that at all.

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    #19 5 years ago
  20. David

    “how to educate the users of online communities about the effects of homophobia.”

    This makes me lol.

    You can not change someone’s mind that has bigoted views.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. redlander

    I think this is great news. It’s good to see a big company like EA taking this issue onboard. A real step forward for the LGBT community.

    You go girl!

    #21 5 years ago
  22. frostquake

    This is nothing more the a PR Stunt…WASP CEO’s showing they care, while saying not in my backyard…The Sex of the Sex of whom your having Sex with, does not freaking matter. Now let see some real game development in that area that isn’t cheesy and I will believe these WASP really care!!!

    #22 5 years ago

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