An LBGT gaming convention is seeking funds via Kickstarter.
The organisers of GaymerCon – “the first gaming and geek lifestyle convention with a focus on LGBT culture” – are hoping for US$25,000 (AUD$23,917) to kick their 2013 gathering up a notch or three.
So far, US$8300 (AUD$7,940) has been pledged by 124 backers, and 29 days remain in the funding drive.
“Unfortunately stereotypical bias among gamers does exist and it can make a hostile environment for minorities in the gaming community. Hang around an online game long enough and you’ll start hearing homophobic, racial, and misogynistic slurs slung around without a second thought.” reads the convention’s 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. This space is GaymerCon.”
The 18+ convention would go ahead in San Francisco next August regardless of the Kickstarter result, the organisers said.
“Without any donations we will create a great space for gaymers to come together, build community, and have fun. WITH your donations however, we can reserve 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 more.”
They also stressed that the convention would be open to anyone, not just members of the LGBT community.
“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.”