Hello, As a follow up to a thread from earlier that has since been locked, I just wanted to provide my input on the censoring of any words LGBTQ+-related on Mineplex. The two arguments I have seen presented by staff supporting the censoring of these type of words -- which include "homophobic," "gay," "lesbian," and even "LGBT" -- includes: (1) not exposing the younger players to the idea of ***uality; and (2) preventing harassment toward members of the LGBTQ+ community. While I completely understand the intention of second of these two arguments, the first in its entirety feels inherently homophobic. I understand that Mineplex and its moderators believe they are doing its due diligence to seemingly "protect" their younger audience, but I think that the censoring of these words can feel very insulting and degrading towards members of the LGBTQ+ community. As stated in the previous thread, the user was trying to communicate toward someone else that they were a part of the LGBTQ+ community but faced many obstacles, including a warning from a staff member, to get the message across. The intention of this message was not to insult anyone, merely to communicate to another player a large part of their identity. By censoring these words, many LGBTQ+ players have to face unnecessary roadblocks and, in some cases, once again hide a part of themselves that can be difficult for some to accept -- effectively a slap in the face to these LGBTQ+ members trying to live their authentic truths. Minecraft, and by extension Mineplex, can serve as a space for new online friendships to blossom. With starting a new friendship, oftentimes the two involved parties try to learn about one another. If one of the parties tries to communicate in the Mineplex chat that they are part of the LGBTQ+ community, they must, once again, jump through hoops and think of alternative ways to say so, which I think is blasphemous. I certainly do not support imposing one's beliefs upon other people, but I think the discussion of ***uality should be open and free. Anyone who signs up for a Minecraft account and is under the age of 13 must have their parent's approval before doing so, per Mojang's rules regarding accounts under the age of 13. With this fact in mind, it should be noted that parents would likely understand that their child is playing on an internet-connected game with chats that provide for the freedom of expression. Additionally, they would also likely understand the risks involved with their child playing, so I think worrying about exposing a "young audience" -- which technically cannot consist of players under 13 unless they had their parents permission -- is an invalid argument. To provide some commentary on the second half of your argument, which involves preventing harassment toward members of the LGBTQ+ community, I think the intention of this argument is one that I admire. Despite this, I believe that this is partly a lazy, secondhand excuse to justify the censorship found on Mineplex. In an ideal world, no one would use such words in a derogatory context; however, that is not the world in which we live. With Mineplex's many staff members, I believe a system could be worked out to identify harassment involving LGBTQ+-related words. While not all instances of harassment involving these words would be identified, I think many of them could be if a system was worked out. With the above said, I'm asking the Mineplex staff to not disregard this letter. I would really like for a discussion to be held among the Mineplex staff to figure out a way to allow for these words to be said (only in a positive context) in chat. I think there can be a way to compromise on this matter. Additionally, please do not lock this thread once a staff member responds. I think a discussion among other compassionate Mineplex players should be held in this thread as a way to see the differing opinions regarding this matter.