Say what you will about videogame culture, but no one can deny that it can be a difficult space for a gay gamer to be in — especially with the word “faggot” tossed around so easily online. It seems as if EA aims to support a motion against this by hosting a panel being held by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) this Saturday.
Shacknews reports that reps from Microsoft, Electronic Arts, Linden Labs, GayGamer.net and the Entertainment Software Association will be attending the panel and topics covered will include how to provide safer spaces for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) people online, how to educate the users of online communities about the effects of homophobia and how to prevent virtual attacks against them.
The event is open to the public, so if you’re interested you can head over to EA Headquarters in Redwood City, CA and take it all in from 11 AM to 1 PM. While writing this story, I noticed the most recent comment was “Wow, there are much more important things to be holding a panel about. What a bunch of faggots.” Longggg way to go, EA. Cheers to you for doing it though — it needs to be done.