EA Is Hosting A Conference Next Week To Talk About Gay Rights And Gaming

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While Electronic Arts certainly doesn't have the best reputation among hardcore gamers, they do have a good track record for supporting gay rights. And next week, the giant video game publisher is holding a conference to talk about all sorts of LGBT issues.

Kotaku just got an invite today. Here's the whole thing:

You Are Invited to EA's LGBT Full Spectrum Event
March 7, 2013 | New York, NY
EA and the Human Rights Campaign Address
the Full Spectrum of LGBT Issues in Gaming

Join Electronic Arts, a leading creator and advocate for LGBT issues in entertainment and media, as we host a half-day of open dialogue and panel discussions covering:

  • The origin of homophobia in games;
  • The development of authentic LGBT characters and scenarios;
  • The difference between exclusive and inclusive language;
  • Creating and promoting inclusive work environments for LGBT employees in the digital entertainment industry.

This event features members of the HRC, Ford Foundation and videogame developers and professionals to discuss the leading issues facing equality in the videogame industry.

The Full Spectrum will feature a fireside chat with NFL linebacker and Super Bowl Champion Brendon Ayanbadejo of the Baltimore Ravens to discuss the challenges in creating an inclusive culture and supporting the legalization of same-sex marriage despite harsh criticism and opposition.

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I see people saying "It doesn't count because its just EA trying to market and profit from supporting LGBT rights."

Here is what I say to that, who cares? Does anyone really think Slavery ended or our institutions were integrated without anyone profiting along the way? We don't have the luxury of requiring all participants to be honorable and meet our ideals. Progress happens through attrition and along the way there will be those who champion causes they don't believe in. And it doesn't matter, because the progress is still being made.