GaymerCon, the first gaming and geek lifestyle convention with a focus on LGBT culture, has raised the money needed for a convention, and will be hosting their first event ever on August 3 and 4, 2013, in San Francisco. This is going to be one gay and geeky affair.
A Kickstarter was launched on August 1 for the event, with the aim of raising $25,000. This happened within four days, and as of this morning the total amount raised was over $30,000 with 24 days left to donate.
According to their site, the aim of GaymerCon is to support, create, educate, inspire and, of course, game. The event is, “open to all and we hope to make an experience that will be meaningful as well as exceptionally exciting and fascinating.”
A GaymerCon organizer spoke with The Huffington Post following some backlash from the gamer community, who feel the event creates an unnecessary division, and said;
GaymerCon is about making MORE gamer space, not segregating the gamer community. Just because we are putting on GaymerCon doesn’t mean we’re not going to still go to PAX, E3, GenCon, and all the other great cons out there…The gamer community has grown so much in the last five to ten years because of places like PAX, that sub cultures within the larger gamer culture are a natural and healthy progression for any community that reaches this size. We’re still a part of gamer culture and are not segregating ourselves, just making a space where we can connect with people who are not only gamers, but also gay because that’s who we are.
So, all you gay gamers, start saving your money for next August. This is gonna be one hell of a weekend.