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You've just signed up for Xbox LIVE. You're entering your personal information, and when you get to the city and state fields, you tap in 'Intercourse, Pennsylvania'. A couple days later you get an email from Microsoft notifying you that your account's been suspended. Why? Because you violated the online gaming service's code of conduct by using a term with overtly sexual connotations.
Moore attempted to resolve the situation by contacting customer service, but was warned off using the name--even after asking the rep to Google Fort Gay's zip code. The town's major David Thompson got involved, but was reportedly told by Microsoft that the veracity of the city's name didn't matter, and that the word "gay" was inappropriate regardless.
More on why Intercourse might be named Intercourse.
Formerly known as "Cross Keys", this village was founded in 1754. The name was changed to Intercourse in 1814.
There are several explanations concerning the origin of the name of Intercourse, but none can really be substantiated. The first centers around an old race track which existed just east of town along the Old Philadelphia Pike. The entrance to the race course was known as "Entercourse". Some suggest that "Entercourse" gradually evolved into "Intercourse".
Originally posted by Rob37n
What would happen to the residents of S#horpe or Wetwang in England, Wank in Germany, or #ing in Austria? Are Microsoft that bored that they feel the need to impose their morale vicissitudes of the moment?
Life is too short, what's wrong with the word "Gay" anyway? It used to mean happy and carefree, so what if it refers to one part of the community over their sexuality. Where's the beef? It's just a word, it's a harmless word without harmful meaning.
Now there are some words I might object to being used, ****, and ******, and *******, and most certainly *******! But that's my prejudice, and those words might cause riots in the streets!
Weirder still, Microsoft recently updated its Xbox LIVE code of conduct policy to allow gamers to use sexual orientation identifiers like lesbian, gay, bi, transgender, and straight in their Gamertag or profile.
Originally posted by TeslaandLyne
Intercourse, PA probably has to do with the roadway.
We should investigate that town.
Why did they pick that name.
Originally posted by Nutter
Are there no more thinking men/women left?