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Xbox today detailed its Pride celebrations, which include a $150,000 total donation to LGBTQIA+ non-profits, inclusive gear, in-game content and more.
“Team Xbox proudly supports LGBTQIA+ players during Pride month and beyond,” Katrin Hilman and Todd Bohanna, Community Co-Leads at Team Xbox LGBTQIA+, wrote. “To honor Pride, we are focusing on intersectionality and lifting up LGBTQIA+ voices across gaming. We are also highlighting stories of Team Xbox and Microsoft members, and Microsoft is making a $150,000 total donation to LGBTQIA+ nonprofits.”
The nonprofits include the likes of the ACLU Foundation, The Trevor Project, Act to Change, OutRight Action International, BEAM, and Mermaids. Those in the USA can also choose to funnel their Microsoft Rewards points to charities including The Trevor Project, OutRight Action International and the Transgender Law Centre.
If you’re looking to kit yourself out in Xbox Pride gear, the Xbox Gear Shop has a number of items available including t-shirts, tank tops and bags across Xbox, Halo, Age of Empires and Psychonauts 2 ranges. Everything inside the store can be shipped to Australia.
In-game Pride content will also be offered inside Forza Horizon 4 (livery), Forza Motorsport 7 (livery), Halo The Master Chief Collection (nameplate), Gears 5 (an MS Rewards punchcard for the Pixelated Hearts banner set) and in the form of gamerpics and profile themes to be used across Xbox One, Xbox Series S & X and PC.
We’ve already detailed that Microsoft Game Studios’ Tell Me Why is free to download and keep across Windows PC and Xbox
Finally, Microsoft will be gifting a special Pride 2021 Xbox Wireless Controller (at top) to “key influencers and media in the U.S. and internationally” — and I am unashamedly putting my hand up in hopes of receiving one.
You can learn more about the charities Xbox will donate to, alongside stories from its LGBTQIA+ members, here. Happy Pride month!
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