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Xbox partners with GLAAD, hopes to increase LGBTQ+ rep in future games

Xbox has announced a long-term partnership between Xbox Games Studios Publishing and GLAAD.

As revealed via Xbox’s blog post, Xbox Wire, Xbox Games Studios Publishing, and GLAAD will use this new partnership to bring more LGBTQIA+ stories, characters, and lived experiences to future Xbox games through workshops, consultation, and utilizing existing resources. As you may have gathered, with a name like Gayming Magazine, we’re happy to hear it.

But that isn’t all. Microsoft is making a $200,000 total donation to LGBTQIA+ nonprofits across the globe. This is in addition to the $1.4 million donation Microsoft employees have donated to charities since last year.

The game publisher will also have multiple LGBTQIA+ streamer takeovers on Xbox’s Twitch channel, playing games with inclusive lead characters, as well as gender and relationship options. For example, Disney Dreamlight Valley with its brand new update of Pride-inclusive gear, or Tell Me Why with triple-A gaming’s very first trans protagonist.

And last but certainly not least, Xbox UK also announced more details about their partnership with, well, us for DIGIPRIDE 2023! As always, from us and Xbox you can expect nothing short of exciting podcasts, livestream takeovers, panels and even the chance to win some spectacular prizes, such as Xbox Pride items, as well as an Xbox Series S. There’s so much more to come, so keep your eyes peeled to Xbox UK’s social channels for more info! You can also find more information on DIGIPRIDE here.

To find out more about what Xbox is up to this Pride Month, check out the publisher’s blog over at Xbox Wire.

Aimee Hart

[She/They] Aimee Hart is Editor-in-Chief of Gayming Magazine. She specializes in queer fandom, video games and tabletop, having started her career writing for numerous websites like The Verge, Polygon, Input Magazine and more. Her goal now is to boost LGBTQ+ voices in the video games industry.