LGBT convention GaymerCon secures Kickstarter funding

By Alice O'Connor, Aug 07, 2012 9:45am PDT

GaymerCon, a new gaming convention created for LGBTQ (lesbian; gay; bisexual; trans; and queer) video game-likers, is going to be considerably more flashy when it debuts next summer, thanks to KickStarter. Having set out to raise $25,000 to expand plans for the con, the GaymerCon KickStarter has already raised around $32,000 with 24 days left to go.

"Gamers, as a whole, have had to make space for themselves in a society that, for a long time, treated them as outsiders. They have come together and created a real community of people, but one that is not always welcoming if you don't fit into the mold," GaymerCon's organisers explain on the KickStarter page. "Just like most gamers, queer geeks and gaymers want that same sense of community and belonging. Therefore we intend to create a space where all gamers and queer geeks can come together in a welcoming and safe space."

GaymerCon was going ahead no matter what happened on KickStarter, but the money will help with better venues, prizes, events, and all those other bits that make up an event.

"We want all genders, races, and sexual identities including our straight friends and allies to come together and have a gay, geeky good time. We believe very strongly that creating a space like this is not only important for building a strong community, but also showing new generations of gaymers that there are others like them out there, they are not alone, and there is a welcoming place for them, not just at GaymerCon, but as part of the larger gaming community."

Also, Ellen McLain is amazing.

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