EA to Host GLAAD Panel on Homophobia in Gaming

By Nick Breckon, Jul 14, 2009 7:04pm PDT Electronic Arts will play host to a panel on homophobia in videogame culture organized by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation this Saturday.

Representatives from Microsoft, Electronic Arts, Linden Labs, GayGamer.net and the Entertainment Software Association will be present. Topics will include "how to 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."

As Gamasutra points out, GLAAD has become increasingly active in the gaming sphere. GLAAD director of digital media recently published an editorial on "The Impact of Homophobia in Virtual Communities."

The event is open to the public, and is being held at EA's headquarters in Redwood City, California from 11am-1pm. More information is available on the GLAAD site.

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  • Wow. I definitely did not see this one coming. This is kind of like having a panel on kids photoshopping each others pictures internet, but as a straight person I do kind of get annoyed by a bunch of whiney 12 year old kids obsessively talking about how everything is gay.

    Many people on the internet, especially those who play online games simply seem to be very socially isolated. I think it all comes from not every talking to real girls and thus not really ever developing that confidence in yourself..

    To be honest, I think heterophobia is pretty prevalent too. I think a lot of the internet has a very immature, sophomoric attitude towards girls... More than that.. I think the the internet has a very cynical attitude towards healthy social lives in general. Most internet memes reflect social inferiority complexes.

    For example, the "A/S/L lolo" thing is a sarcastic gesture towards dating.. Something that someone who spends his whole day in front of his computer playing wow and going "lollz look teh LFG lol" doesn't have much experience with.

    I agree with those who've said that this is reflective of a much bigger problem.. Many people on the internet are douchebags, and I think it 's because they are projecting their own frustrations with their own social shortcomings..