Tomorrow marks an interesting event in Redwood City, CA as Electronic Arts
teams up with the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Discrimination
(GLAAD) to host a panel regarding homophobia in online games.
The panel will be featuring some major industry players, including GayGamer
founder Flynn DeMarco (AKA Fruit Brute
), senior director of communications and industry affairs for the Entertainment Software Association
(ESA) Dan Hewitt, senior producer Caryl Shaw from Maxis Studio
, Linden Lab
's vice president of customer relations Cyn Skyberg, and Xbox Live's
program manager Stephen Toulouse (Gamertag: Stepto.)
Stephen Toulouse's presence at the panel is especially interesting, as Microsoft has come under fire for some rather inflammatory anti-gay
The panel will be moderated by GLAAD's Justin Cole, their director of digital and online media. The panel will take place tomorrow, July 18th, from 11 AM to 1 PM Pacific time.