There's quite the spirited debate going on over at the Gaymer.org forums at the moment over the fact that site owner Chris Vizzini has applied for a trademark of the word "gaymer." It should be stated that Chris is not trademarking the word in a capacity that would make it unusable by anyone, but rather protecting its use from other online entities that might seek to make profit from his hard work and rightfully so. Having started up this site out of my own pocket, I wouldn't want anyone infringing on my property either.
On the other hand, opponents of the attempt are bothered by the fact that Gaymer.org and Chris Vizzini would then have control over the word's use in any form as a web entity. For instance, if a person decided to start a site called finalfantasygaymers.com, they could possibly have action taken against them. I think this is also a valid point. Should one person have control over the use of a blanket term that many people like to use to describe themselves be it online or in real life? For me, it's not a term I care to use to describe myself, but I know that many people feel very strongly about it.
Personally, I can see both sides of the argument and I would be hard pressed to take sides on this particular subject. What I find most disturbing about this whole situation is the divide it seems to have caused within our little community. There are only a handful of sites out there that cater to gaming for the LGBT community and as a group I wish that, for lack of a better cliche, we could all just get along. I know there are many people that frequent our site who are members of both Gaymer.org and GamersExperimentations and I am all for that. I wish there was someway we could combine them all together in one big, happy, rainbow filled, pink glitter sprinkled family, but situations like this really seem to cause people to draw their lines in the sand.
So what is your opinion? Should the term "gaymer" be trademarked for online use?