Original thread here: http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/12371697365
I was told my Blizzard support to continue the thread since the post count was hit in the other one.
Petition for those who do not wish to participate on the forums can be found here: http://www.change.org/petitions/blizzard-entertainment-uncensor-the-prefix-trans-from-diablo-iii-clan-making
A post on why this is so very needed: http://t.co/D7RrTL2PP6
OP from original post:
I sent in a ticket about this and was told to open something on the forums as the discussion about this. This is the ticket I sent in as I feel it best sums up why trans as a prefix needs to be unbanned as it is unfair to the community.
I am contacting you in regards to creating clans in the newest Diablo III patch. I am trying to make a clan for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals who would like to play the game together in a relatively safe space of like identified individuals. However, I have come to find out that the prefix trans is banned in clan creation! I understand this is to prevent people from creating offensive clans, but it is doing just the opposite. You allow the word gay as a prefix for clans, as there is a Gaymers clan, yet do not allow the same for transgender individuals. In fact, this forbids words such as transdimensional and so forth. The word gay has much more room for offensive and harmful clan names than trans does and deletes the possibility of safe spaces for transgender people to get together and enjoy your games. This creates a harmful environment for people like myself who wish you play your game and know that I will be a respected member of my clan, regardless of my gender identity, presentation, how my voice sounds over Vent/Skype, and so on. This sends a message that gay people are allowed to create their own clans and freely interact on your servers, but trans people are not. Please reconsider your ban of the prefix trans- and thus banning all transgender related clans and groups.
Thank you for your time.
Banning the prefix trans while allowing the word gay sends a message. You can be an openly gay gamer, but you cannot be openly trans. They allow for clans to be created around being gay, such as the Gaymers clan, but will not allow a similar TransGamers clan (which is what was trying to be created). This creates an environment that allows for people to be openly gay, but not openly trans, and requires people to create codewords, and in community buzzwords to create a similar clan for a similar experience, gaming with people who share the same identity and will respect you for who you are. Blizzard is sending a very poor message to the trans gaming community by not allowing people to create safe clan experiences for themselves while allowing others to do that with words which can be used in a much more harmful sense (such as gay).
I am in contact, or attempting to contact, several reporters, video game websites, and so on. This petition and the forum post are not the only thing I am working on. I actually have a media piece coming up in the next day or two on this.