Xbox One Presenter Humiliated Me on Stage, Says Transgender Journalist

A journalist says she was “completely dehumanised” on stage during an Xbox One Event at Eurogamer Expo 2013, by a comedian who made degrading jokes about her gender. Eurogamer Expo says it is investigating the matter.

Laura Kate Dale, who is a transgender woman, says she was called “he,” “it,” “thing” and “this one,” by the presenter, who does not appear to be a Microsoft employee but an entertainer hired for the event.

She brought up the incident in a series of messages on her Twitter account:

Dale identified the presenter as Fraser Millward, a British actor and comedian.

Dale said later that booth personnel attempted to apologize but would not bring the presenter out for Dale to confront him.

Eurogamer Expo’s official Twitter account told several followers that expo staff were investigating the matter. An expo representative told Kotaku that comment on the matter was pending the completion of that inquiry.

Microsoft’s corporate posture is one of support for transgendered persons, through its GLEAM employee resource group, and the company has been visible in that support, notably sending a Halo Warthog and a Master Chief cosplayer to march in Seattle’s most recent Pride parade. Dale later said “I doubt it was intentional,” referring to the comedian’s jokes about her appearance, “but doesn’t make it any less humiliating.”

Update, 9/30: Microsoft gave the following statement: “We are aware of an incident yesterday on the Xbox booth at the Eurogamer Expo, at which an inappropriate comment was made, and we apologise for any offence caused.”

Update, 9/30: The comedian, Millward, has addressed this situation on Twitter, saying

Update, 9/29: After the story was published, Dale stated that she wished it hadn’t run, as it sparked numerous hateful messages sent in her direction. She asked for the story to be pulled, and while Kotaku has a policy against pulling articles, we’ve updated it as described in the Editor’s Note below to diminish the harassment sent her way.

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