EA to hold conference on LGBT issues in video games

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Leading video game company Electronic Arts announced that it will host a one-day conference next week aimed at discussing issues related to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in video games. The conference will have panels and open dialogues on LGBT topics, the company said in a press statement.

The conference will be “invite-only” and is titled “LGBT Full Spectrum.” It will take place in New York City on March 7.

EA said that the event will have a range of topics, including the creation of what it called “authentic” LGBT characters and scenarios, “establishing work environments that are friendly towards LGBT employees and the origins of homophobia in video games.”

Outspoken pro-marriage equality Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo will be one of the hosts, on a talk about creating an “inclusive culture” for LGBT employees as well as on the topic of marriage equality. He has been a supporter of gay rights, and was instrumental in Maryland’s push toward great LGBT equality last year.

Members of the largest LGBT organization, Human Rights Campaign, private social working group the Ford Foundation and industry professionals will also be present to discuss equality issues within the gaming community.

Last fall representatives from EA told GamesIndustry that the LGBT themes in the company’s titles and its support of the LGBT community were a non-issue among investors. In November, EA and Microsoft were named among the most LGBT-friendly work environments by the HRC.

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