Make the Xbox Pride Controller Purchasable for Pride Month

Make the Xbox Pride Controller Purchasable for Pride Month

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Xbox (Microsoft Corporation) recently released a new controller celebrating LGBTQIA+ communities for Pride month.

“Team Xbox has designed the Pride 2021 Xbox Wireless Controller with and for LGBTQIA+ people to give visibility to communities that have often been overlooked and neglected. It combines the flags of various LGBTQIA+ communities in an interwoven energetic way, creating a sense of unity, and evoking both technology and the modern age.”Xbox Press Release

The controller is brightly colored with multiple flags to represent the various people within the LGBTQIA+ community.

However, this controller is not available for sale and will only be given to noteworthy influencers and media members.

“To celebrate, Team Xbox will share these controllers with key influencers and media in the U.S. and internationally.”Xbox Press Release

Pride month (June in the U.S.) commemorates the stonewall riots that occurred in late June of 1969 and brings a focus to the social and justice issues LGBTQIA+ people experience around the world. The month represents inclusivity within the LGBTQIA+ community.

Releasing a pride themed controller that is offered to only “key influencers and media” is the definition of exclusivity. Instead of Xbox allowing LGBTQIA+ gamers to show off their pride with a unique controller, they turned the pride flags into symbols of exclusiveness during a month that represents the opposite.

We are calling on Xbox (Microsoft Corporation) to reverse the decision to make the Pride 2021 Xbox Wireless Controller exclusive to “influencers and media” and instead make it available to all consumers regardless of their social media clout. This could easily be done as a skin available in Xbox Design Lab or as a special edition controller color.

Sign this petition to stand with LGBTQIA+ gamers in making the Pride 2021 Xbox Wireless Controller inclusive to all instead of exclusive to those whom Xbox deems relevant!

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