Shooting prostitutes, raping, and forcing abortions are all acceptable in the gaming world. But apparently being a real-life lesbian is not.

Xbox Live player Teresa told Consumerist that she was harassed and had her account suspended because she identified herself as a lesbian in her profile. And unfortunately, it's not the first time something like this has happened.

"I was harassed by several players, 'chased' to different maps/games to get away from their harassment. They followed me into the games and told all the other players to turn me in because they didn't want to see that crap or their kids to see that crap," Teresa says.

The bloggers at Feministing are steamed over the issue, saying, "Three cheers for gaming homophobes who can't even let people play their games in peace if they dare to identify as something other than straight."

Click here to read about Microsoft's response.


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Feministing also runs the story of gay player Ryan, who was asked to change his screen name, "theGayergamer," because other Xbox Live members found it offensive.

When Teresa appealed to Microsoft, they ignored her. Since then, they've responded to the backlash with this statement saying that nothing sexual is allowed on a player's profile:

"As stated in the Xbox Live Terms of Use, a member may not create a gamertag or use text in other profile fields that include comments that look, sound like, stand for, hint at, abbreviate, or insinuate content of a potentially sexual nature."

Our question -- since when is being a lesbian "sexual"? Should anyone who says they're straight or married also be booted since they presumably have sexual relations with their partners?

And apparently it is still OK to send messages calling someone a "fag." Sigh.

Tell us: Was Xbox Live wrong to ban Teresa, or should she have left her orientation off her profile?


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