You may recall our interview with Matt Conn (Episode 5 of the Super Podcast Action Committee) of GaymerCon, the first-ever gaming event that caters to the GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender) community set to take place in San Francisco in 2013. Last night organizers of the event officially launched the Kickstarter to raise funds for the event and to explain in more detail what it is all about.
Organizers of the event revealed that it will take place August 3-4, 2013 in San Francisco at a venue to be determined by the level of funding raised from the Kickstarter campaign. So what is the event all about, exactly? To create a gaming convention where everyone can geek out on video games, video game culture, board games, and technology. And when they say everyone they mean everyone – including straight people:
"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. 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."
You can learn more about the event below or by visiting the Kickstarter funding page. We also encourage you to check out the pitch from Ellen McLain, the voice of GLaDOS from Portal, to your left. She threatens your life, but she doesn't really mean it (I think). On a related note, organizers of GaymerCon will be hosting a virtual party on August 2 (that's today) at 6PST/9EST at is.gd/GaymerCon to celebrate the launch of the Kickstarter campaign.
So far the Kickstarter has managed to raise $4,152 of its $25,000 goal from 52 backers, with 29 more days to go.
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GaymerCon, the first ever gaming convention for the LGBT community, is set to take place August 3-4, 2013 in San Francisco, with fundraising efforts for the event beginning with a virtual launch event and Kickstarter. Organizers aim to create an inclusive space for under-represented groups in gaming culture and educate and inform the gaming community of the presence of sexuality in digital lives while promoting acceptance and social change through gaming.
“The goal of GaymerCon is to create a space where geek identified LGBT people can come together and build community” said Benjamin Williams, Director of PR for the Con. “With the growing amount of queer content in video game titles and the reaction to that content, as well as the larger discussion of gay rights in our culture, GaymerCon is more important and relevant than ever.”
Tonight, GaymerCon will launch their Kickstarter through a Facebook launch Party at 6PM PST/9 PM EST using Shaker, a virtual world social app that recently won TechCrunch Disrupt and raised over $20M. The launch party will feature tech and geek celebrities like Zach Weiner (SMBC Comics), Alex Peake (Primer Labs/Code Hero) and more. Unveiled at the party will be videos from other geek celebrities including Ellen McLain, the voice of GLaDOS from the Portal game series, voicing their support for the project, as well as an official Kickstarter video created by Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal Theateris.gd/GaymerCon.
GaymerCon has set its fundraising goal at $25,000 to make GaymerCon an event not to be missed on August 3 & 4, 2013 in San Francisco, California. The funds from the Kickstarter are intended to secure a downtown SF venue for the event to be hosted and offer more programming to meet demand. The more money raised, the bigger and more star studded the conference will be.
GaymerCon has garnered the support of an incredible network of highly visible organizations , including dot429, due to their shared goals of supporting the gay community.
“It is no secret that the LGBT community has been in the political and social spotlight in recent years. This is no different in the gaming and geek community.” Commented Matt Conn, Director of GaymerCon “Historically, there has been very little content with LGBT themes or options in video games and other geek media. We hope to show the world that that this audience not only exist, but is flourishing.“
GaymerCon leadership is a group of tech and gaming professionals based in San Francisco, Seattle, and around the world. GaymerCon was started by a diverse team ranging from comic book artists to professional fundraisers to engineers – all LGBT folks of every creed and color, especially for those of the geeky persuasion.
For more information, please reach out to GaymerCon’s PR Director Benjamin Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org . You can also find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/GaymerCon and Twitter as @GaymerCon.