It's been pretty disheartening to see prominent members of smwc double down on their support of transphobia over the last few months. It shows how necessary it is that this policy be loud and clear. No, not even a niche forum for enthusiasts of a 30-year-old video game is above criticism for failing to evolve with the rest of us, and the 'drama' and 'division' we're 'suddenly having' is a long-overdue and much-needed reckoning with the kind of nonsense that's been allowed to exist/thrive in this community throughout its entire lifetime. If the result is more people being 'outed' for the reprehensible way they treat others, good. It's about time we take out the trash.
I've spent a lot of time here and in the discord for resources and support, but to be frank, I've never felt comfortable as a community member because of how it's been home to some particular unsavory people and behavior. So, I'm very glad to see this announcement. It obviously doesn't mean that these problems will disappear immediately or entirely, but it's a step in the right direction that shows the staff are taking their users' safety more seriously.