#Eurogamer Xbox One Presenter on behalf of Microsoft called Transgender Journalist Laura Kate Dale “IT, Thing and He” on stage

The presenter for Microsoft XBox One at Eurogamer Fraser Millward went out of his way for a laugh asking a transgender woman to join him on the stage then called her a “IT, Thing and Him”;

He was probably trying to get a rise from the machismo gamer people in attendance. But instead of getting a laugh comedian Fraser Millward will look forward to being investigated for his awful transphobic tirade..

Pure XBox Gamer Ken Barnes described the stage show as annoying, overbearing, immature, and offputting to most of the attendees but his post about the last day he began with a question Sexism, misogyny, and giveaways?  Barnes said he saw “clearly underage gamers taking part in a “twerking” contest in order to win a t-shirt, in front of a crowd of fans.” I wonder if any of those kids parents knew of this? Embarrassing for Microsoft and maybe even costly too.

Fraser Millward would do himself a world of good by apologizing for his comments and actions.

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Hope someone from Microsoft sees this. Your presenter made completely dehumanised me in front of an audience. Ruined my Eurogamer.
— Laura Kate Dale (@LaurakBuzz) September 29, 2013

Hi @laurakbuzz We’ve just been made aware of this & will look into it straight away. Sorry you had such a bad experience….
— Eurogamer Expo (@Eurogamer_Expo) September 29, 2013

I was “he”, “it”. “Thing” and “this one”. I was on stage and they still insist “we need a woman on stage, any women here”.
— Laura Kate Dale (@LaurakBuzz) September 29, 2013

@nipsen Hi there, just to let you know that we are looking into the incident on one of the exhibitor’s stands.
— Eurogamer Expo (@Eurogamer_Expo) September 29, 2013

#eurogamer @Xbox presenter @FraserMillward calls Transwoman @LaurakBuzz “It, Thing an He” on stage http://t.co/MVZ1E9pXmJ @IntertechLGBT
— planetransgender (@kellibusey) September 29, 2013

read more at kotaku.com

Google and Microsoft have formed InterTech to promote the inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in technology field.

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