Xbox Live: 'Gay', 'transgender' now OK

Microsoft updates Code of Conduct after lengthy debate

After a lengthy debate, Microsoft's updated the Xbox Live Code of Conduct to allow 'gay', 'lesbian' and 'transgender' expressions on 360 profiles.

Xbox 360 players can now use the following words to 'express their relationship orientation' in profiles and Gamertags; 'Lesbian', 'Gay', 'Bi', 'Transgender' and 'Straight'.

"I'd like to announce an update to the Xbox LIVE Terms of Use and Code of Conduct which will allow our members to more freely express their race, nationality, religion and sexual orientation in Gamertags and profiles," Xbox Live boss, Marc Whitten wrote on the official site.

"Under our previous policy, some of these expressions of self-identification were not allowed in Gamertags or profiles to prevent the use of these terms as insults or slurs. However we have since heard feedback from our customers that while the spirit of this approach was genuine, it inadvertently excluded a part of our Xbox LIVE community."

The policy updates come after a meeting with the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Deformation.

"Expression of relationship orientation ok in Gamertags and Profiles on Xbox LIVE," said Xbox Live policy boss, Stephen Toulouse on his Twitter. "Special thanks to GLAAD and Microsoft's LGBT community for guidance on the terms."

Who will be the first person to get the Gamertag, 'Gay' then?