So because I couldn't discuss this in what I considered a relevant topic, I'll try to continue the discussion here. Please keep it civil.
Recently there's been talk of creating a Giant Bomb group for homosexual gamers to play games together (people of all sexual orientations welcome, go here if you're interested in joining). I'm not too keen on the name (I'm allergic to puns), but that's not the real issue. Getting a group of Giant Bombers together to play games is all well and good, but why does it matter what your sexual orientation is? I would think that if such a group were to be created, people that would hurl random insults about people's sexuality or race or what have you would no longer be welcome regardless, so why make the distinction? How does our sexual preferences matter at all when all we want to do is play video games together?
I want to clarify that I'm not trying to offend anyone here (else I'd probably be called a homophobe or something, despite how irrelevant that would be), I'm just genuinely interested.
Could anyone here explain to me why they think there needs to be a Giant Bomb group dedicated to gaming that is based on the fact that some of the members are homosexual? I personally think that it's strange to draw a parallel between gaming and sexual orientation, but I'm obviously missing a piece of the puzzle here. If all we want is to separate ourselves from the insults of the stereotypical gaming community by only adding Giant Bombers to the mix - what does being gay have to do with it?
I feel like I need to add my thoughts to this after reading through all of the replies so far.
- I know what segregation means, and in this case, I'm just using it as a fancy word for "separation", setting yourself apart from the main group (in this case, creating a group that is separate from the general online gaming community). I'm not talking about feeling left out or discriminated against because this group exists, I even stated in my original post that I already know that everyone is welcome to the group (apparently some people didn't read that part).
- I am not against the creation of this particular group, I am asking why it needs to exist, and why it needs to be based on a sexual orientation. I thought I made this clear in my original post but according to some of you, apparently not.
- Two people that are gay can have literally nothing in common except for the fact that they're gay, which is why I find it so strange that some of you are comparing it to a group sharing a similar interest, like cars or whatever. Being gay is a sexual orientation, playing games is an interest. Sex is an interest. Why draw a parallel between sex and games unless you specifically want to discuss sex and games? That's what I find weird about this. You can't assume that gay people want to discuss sex with strangers online just because they're gay. I wouldn't want to discuss sex with strangers I play games with, gay or straight.
- Like some have already concluded, if all you're looking for in creating this group is a sanctuary from jerks that would ruin your online experience, you don't have to base that group on being gay. You can base it on not allowing said jerks to participate.
- If the purpose of this group is actually to find potential partners that also enjoy playing video games, maybe that should be made more clear - you can't assume every gay gamer who joins wants to discuss sex or relationships with strangers (as mentioned above).
- If the sole reason this group exists is to effectively weed out people who would throw needless insults based on your sexuality, then that's as valid a reason as any - because those people would never join a group named "gaymer". It does sound more effective than not allowing the broad term "jerks", but it also alienates some people who would gladly join a group where no one is discriminated against or insulted because of their sexuality or otherwise, but they don't join because they're not gay (and that's what the name implies would be your reason for joining).