GX is the gaming convention for everyone. Inclusive conversations, exciting games, and panels with a fresh perspective on gaming.
If you’ve got a second, check out GaymerX/GX’s new Kickstarter to fund their third convention! Originally developed as a small con for LGBTQA+ gamers (with an unintentional focus on gay cis male gamers— it’s been consistently held in San Francisco, which, as most people know, has a very active gay community), it rapidly expanded in its second year to be more inclusive and actively supportive of more minority groups in the gaming industry and community: women (queer and allies), queer people of color, genderqueer/agender people of any orientation, trans people, and… well, just about anybody else who falls anywhere under the LGBTQA+ umbrella! There were more industry guests and the panels were bigger (and the Bioware guests especially were very involved in dialogue with attendees) However, in that second year they chose a location/venue that was extremely expensive and overestimated attendance, which made the creators very uncertain as to whether there would be a GX3, and has led them to this new Kickstarter to collect funds and select their venue based on the income from it. Even if you can’t attend, please consider backing the fundraiser— it’s a very, very important convention, and it’s incredibly important to support queer/minority gamers when the industry is so slow to change, and the cons themselves have been amazingly well-run and have the most welcoming and inclusive atmosphere of any convention I’ve ever been to, so it’d be well worth the money and not just tossing dollars at a group of people who don’t know what they’re doing.
Furthermore, the con is changing its name officially from “GaymerX” to “GX: Everyone Games” to remove that unintentional focus on gay men only— a move which has earned some backlash from a lot of gay men (mostly cis) who feel that inviting women (cis or trans), trans men, and pansexuals/bisexuals/any not-homosexual orientation cheapens the experience and meaning of the con so I suspect there’ll be a small amount of money lost there.
In short: please consider backing in any capacity you can or just reblogging to spread awareness, because these people are genuinely committed to creating a safe and fun con for LGBTQA+ gamers of all genders and races, a place where they can voice their thoughts and opinions among like-minded individuals, and something this important deserves attention and support.