GEEK OUT: If GaymerCon Gets A High Score In Kickstarter, We All Win!

By: Daniel Villarreal

Between being called fag repeatedly on multiplayer online games, having gay content being censored online and having anti-gay organizations rail against the mere existence of gay video game characters, life for gay gaymers and geeks can be tough.

But GaymerCon wants to change all that. According to its organizers, GaymerCon would effectively be the first gaming and comic book convention specifically focused on the LGBT community with "exhibitor space, cosplay, guest speakers, live music, panel discussions, gaming industry professionals who support including queer content in their products, social events, and of course… GAMING!"

No matter what, the convention will be held in San Francisco in the late summer of 2013. But if you get on the ball now, you and your pocket change can help make the event something worth storing on your memory card.

The GaymerCon organizers have set up a Kickstarter page to raise funds so the convention can get "swankier and more centrally located venues, book more geeky bands to play for you, have more consoles and games to play on, have cool prizes for contests, and… [to] get the attention of the gaming industry, making them more likely to come to the show too so you can see their awesome stuff, but also let them know there is a market out there for gamers."

Plus, if you give you can score passes to the convention itself as well as GaymerCon stickers, passes, bitroms, t-shirts, VIP passes to the Bosses fundraiser party, an 8-bit portrait, an artist's table in the exhibition hall, and even the chance to help introduce bands at the concert, have a Sunday brunch with the organizers and share your swag and company logo in the GaymerCon goodies bag and program.

The organizers add, "We want to be clear this isn’t just for gay white dudes either. We want all genders, races, and sexual identities including our straight friends and allies to come together and have a gay, geeky good time."

They continue, "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."

Score! It sounds like quite the bonus level and certainly worth the donation of a few extra gold coins, rupees or whatever gaming currency you're currently into.