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Published on July 15th, 2009 | by Deejay Knight, Editor/Founder

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EA Meeting with GLAAD to Discuss Homophobia

If you’ve ever sat down and played a game with a headset online, chances are that you’ve heard your fair share of racist, homophobic, and downright absurd comments. Gamers across the planet have been dealing with this since the advent of the internet. I’ve never seen it put better than Penny Arcade’s Greater Internet F***wad Theory.

Let’s just say that EA and GLAAD are not pleased. They’ll be meeting this Saturday to discuss the state of homophobia in gaming and to see if there’s something that they can do to change it.

Here’s hoping it changes something, because it’s gotten out of hand…

If you’re near Redwood, California this Saturday and want to listen in, feel free to drop by as the event is open to the public.

This Saturday, EA is hosting an event for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy organization.  GLAAD is facilitating a panel on Homophobia & Virtual Communities which will spotlight key issues and include the perspectives of both gaming companies and LGBT gamers.  Discussion will revolve around the state of the problem in these communities, policy solutions that have been developed to address homophobia – what’s working as well as what’s not, plus challenges and opportunities.

Confirmed panelists include:

Flynn DeMarco (Alias: Fruite Brute), Founder of GayGamer.net
Dan Hewitt, Senior Director of Communications & Industry Affairs for the Entertainment Software Association (ESA)
Caryl Shaw, Senior Producer in the Maxis Studio (Electronic Arts, Inc.)
Cyn Skyberg, VP of Customer Relations at Linden Lab
Stephen Toulouse (Gamertag: stepto), Program Manager for Policy and Enforcement on Microsoft’s XBox LIVE
Moderator: Justin Cole, Director of Digital & Online Media, GLAAD

Event details are as follows:
WHAT:    Homophobia in Virtual Communities – Highlighting the Problem and Working Towards Sustainable Solutions
WHEN:    Saturday, July 18th, 2009, 11am-1pm
WHERE:   Electronic Arts, 250 Shoreline Drive Redwood City, CA 94065

The event is free of charge and open to the public.  More information can be found at: http://www.glaad.org/digitalevent

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Deejay has been a gamer since the Atari 2600, has wrestled–and defeated–alligators with only his toes, and once aligned all the planets in the Solar System by uttering the words "Coo Coo Ka-Choo". In his sleep. He currently bides his time behind the scenes here at GAMINGtruth.com, streaming at http://www.twitch.tv/deejayknight and teaching.



  • bubbles29

    First of all I think that it's outstanding that EA agreed to meet with GLAAD representatives to confront this issue head on. It says that EA cares about consumer values and virtual community. It's ridiculous that people take homophobia to such heights. I hope that all the issues are brought to the table some effective brainstorming as to what the solution to homophobia on in the virtual community. It's quite simple to tell people “hey if you don't have anything nice to say then just hush”, unfortunately this request is not so easily followed. We have freedom of speech; however getting online and debasing others b/c of their sexual preference has nothing to do with gaming with your pals online. If people want to voice their opinions on matters other than gaming then take it elsewhere!

  • Anonymous

    First of all I think that it’s outstanding that EA agreed to meet with GLAAD representatives to confront this issue head on. It says that EA cares about consumer values and virtual community. It’s ridiculous that people take homophobia to such heights. I hope that all the issues are brought to the table some effective brainstorming as to what the solution to homophobia on in the virtual community. It’s quite simple to tell people “hey if you don’t have anything nice to say then just hush”, unfortunately this request is not so easily followed. We have freedom of speech; however getting online and debasing others b/c of their sexual preference has nothing to do with gaming with your pals online. If people want to voice their opinions on matters other than gaming then take it elsewhere!

  • bubbles29

    First of all I think that it's outstanding that EA agreed to meet with GLAAD representatives to confront this issue head on. It says that EA cares about consumer values and virtual community. It's ridiculous that people take homophobia to such heights. I hope that all the issues are brought to the table some effective brainstorming as to what the solution to homophobia on in the virtual community. It's quite simple to tell people “hey if you don't have anything nice to say then just hush”, unfortunately this request is not so easily followed. We have freedom of speech; however getting online and debasing others b/c of their sexual preference has nothing to do with gaming with your pals online. If people want to voice their opinions on matters other than gaming then take it elsewhere!

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