Two groups are working to set up a .gay top-level Internet domain, with plans for using some of the proceeds for registering sites in that domain to support gay causes, according to an [URL="http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/10/23/competing-groups-press-for-a-gay-internet-suffix/"]article[/URL] in the [I]New York Times[/I]. While it can cost up to $400,000 to set up a new top-level domain, companies compete for control, because the [URL="http://www.icann.org/en/tlds/select.htm"]Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers[/URL], which oversees the development and management of the Internet’s unique identifiers, awards the registry rights to just one applicant for each new top-level domain, which can result in millions of dollars per year, the …

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The Consumerist is currently running a [URL="http://consumerist.com/5160187/identifying-yourself-as-a-lesbian-gets-you-banned-on-xbox-live"]story[/URL] about how a gamer was first harassed by other players and then booted off Xbox Live by Microsoft. Her crime? Admitting she was a lesbian in her gamer profile. According to the report she was harassed online by other gamers and when she complained to Microsoft was told that gamers found her sexual orientation offensive and her suspension stood. Microsoft [URL="http://consumerist.com/5161145/microsofts-policy-regarding-identifying-sexual-orientation-on-xbox-live"]argues[/URL] that the terms and conditions of use for Xbox Live forbid the creation of a gamertag or use of text in other profile fields "that include comments that look, sound like, stand …

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A recent panel sponsored by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation [URL="http://www.glaad.org/Page.aspx?pid=183"](GLAAD)[/URL] discussed the issue of gay characters in online games, some of which forbid them. Games produced by Bay Area-based Electronic Arts Inc., such as the Sims properties and Spore have no restrictions about revealing the fact one is gay or lesbian, [URL="http://www.ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=4063"]according to[/URL] the [I]Bay Area Reporter[/I], a San Francisco-based newspaper for the gay community. However, users of the Microsoft Xbox system are not allowed to mention their orientation in their profiles or names, though they can do so via voice chat. Noting that 98 percent of …

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