Skyrim modder writes Bethesda on LGBTQ title limit: XilaMonstrr, a Skyrim modder, has sent a letter to Bethesda Softworks, ZeniMax Media, and Microsoft. Alleging a problem with adding LGBTQ terms to console modifications.
The issue allegedly cause by Bethesda.net’s terms of service. Which prohibit the use of phrases like “Lesbian and Queer” in titles or descriptions.
The publisher is already “working on rectifying this problem”. According to the description of XilaMonstrr’s patch “Dear Bethesda – A Demand Letter for PRIDE,” which includes a copy of the letter into Skyrim itself.
LGBTQ Mod Terms of Service Issues Already Addressed
Despite Bethesda’s purported admission of the issue, XilaMonstrr has indicated that the modified version of the letter, which calls on Bethesda to amend its policy on prohibited language, will remain on Nexus Mods. Until the issue “completely handled.”
“I’m a lesbian queer modder.” In the letter, XilaMonstrr writes. “This regulation has directly damaged my capacity to distribute material that speaks to gay people and allies.”
In-game screenshot of the Skyrim LGBTQ mod letter.
“The modifications I’ve uploaded on Bethesda.net featuring LGBT material are some of the most popular mods I’ve published,” they continue. There’s a lot of pressure to rectify the original games’ apparent absence of gay characters and material.
This information is essentially repressed without the ability to appropriately label modifications using the language that LGBTQ people utilize as crucial signifiers.”
The policy also violates Zeni Max’s official diversity statement, which states: “We embrace diversity, equality, and inclusion in all we do – from recruiting for our studios, publishing, and operations to creating safe and courteous workplaces that stimulate collaboration.”
We welcome everyone into our family regardless of color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, or age. And our culture center on values of respect, inclusiveness, and fair treatment.”
Because the problem is exclusive to Bethesda.net. It primarily affects console modifications that utilize the site as a center for downloading and installing material.