Be Polite. Be efficient. Help Kickstart a convention for queer gamers.
John Patrick Lowrie, the actor who provides the voice for Team Fortress 2's
crazed gunman assassin, and Ellen McLain, best known in gaming circles for her spot on homicidal AI impression, have given their mildly terrifying support to an upcoming convention for LGBT geeks.
GaymerCon is set to start on August 3rd, 2013, and it's going to take place in San Francisco. The convention is already confirmed, but the organizers have started a $25,000 Kickstarter to pay for events, prizes and a swankier, more centrally located venue.
The organizers stress that GaymerCon isn't just for "gay white dudes" and their companion cubes. The con "welcomes people of all genders, races and sexual identities." The organizers describe the convention as "a space where all gamers and queer geeks can come together in a welcoming and safe place." They promise exhibitor space, cosplay, guest speakers, live music and panel discussions, as well as non-gaming geek periphery like tabletop gaming, "geek chic" and tech panels.
"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," reads the convention's Kickstarter page.
As I write this, the Kickstarter is just over halfway funded with 28 days left on the clock.
Source: GaymerCon Kickstarter