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08-02-2012, 08:14 AM
GaymerCon: Everybody Games
This project will only be funded if at least $25,000 is pledged by Friday Aug 31, 11:43pm EDT
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gaymercon/gaymercon-everybody-games?ref=recently_launched (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gaymercon/gaymercon-everybody-games?ref=recently_launched)

ABOUT THIS PROJECTCommunity is important. We believe that there are a great amount of Gay, Lesbian, Transgendered, Gender Queer, and Bisexual folks out there, of every color and creed, that at the end of the day, love to geek out. Geek about video games, tabletop games, tech, comics - all that fun stuff. And we believe that creating a community for these folks, Gaymers as they are affectionally dubbed, is important to help shape a more tolerant and safer space in gaming. After all, everyone games.
The stereotypes about gamers are many, but the core is the perception that gamers are usually straight white guys in dark rooms furiously mashing at a controller. Thatís not the reality. Gamers come in all sizes, genders, races, and sexual identities. 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 youíll start hearing homophobic, racial, and misogynistic slurs slung around without a second thought. Gamers, as a whole, have had to make space for themselves in a society that, for a long time, treated them as outsiders. They have come together and created a real community of people, but one that is not always welcoming if you donít fit into the mold. 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.
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We are creating a convention where all types of geeks can come together, meet others like them, and have a blast without having to worry about what their peers think of them or being discriminated against.. We will have exhibitor space, cosplay, guest speakers, live music, panel discussions on topics that are directly relevant to our interests, gaming industry professionals who support including queer content in their products, social events, and of courseÖGAMING!
We will also have events and activities that target other areas of geek and tech culture besides gaming. From tabletop gaming to geek chic, from panels by tech leaders to cosplay and live music- we hope to have something for everyone.
We want to be clear this isnít 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.
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WHAT THE MONEY IS FORGaymerCon is going to happen no matter what in the late summer of 2013, but big events like this donít happen by magic and certainly arenít cheap. This is where you come in. 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. Basically the more you give, the more you get out of the con when you come. If we raise lots and lots of money, it will 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 gaymers and maybe they should pay attention to you. All this for what it costs for a day pass to most other conventions....oh and did we mention that almost all pledges come with a free pass to the con? Yup. Thatís a thing. Go ahead and go donate. Weíll wait.
Can't come to GaymerCon? We also have sticker packs and Blue/Red GaymerCon Bitroms, for those supporters who want a little more Gaymer in their lives.
Bitroms are entirely original hand-made cartridge necklaces - choose from either Fire Red Conway, Cool Blue Turing, or (at higher levels) you can get the limited Kickstarter-edition Turing & Conway's Adventure.
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HOW DO YOU KNOW WE WONíT JUST SPEND THE MONEY ON MOUNTAIN DEW AND CHEETOSWe know we can make Gaymercon a success because we are already experienced in being successful. We have a team of extremely talented, connected, amazing folks on the team including engineers and business folks at top startups here in San Francisco. These include Jack DeVries out of IGN, Zach Weiner from SMBC Comics which is one of the largest comics and websites in the world and Matt Conn from the founding team of BandPage, as well as other visionaries and leaders from the LBGT & fundraising world.
Also: Cheetos and Mountain Dew? Ew.
Please consider contributing and we hope to see you in August 2013.
Wait...youíre still not convinced? Alright. Fine. Time to bring out the big guns. What if I told you that a certain evil computer from a certain video game that starts with a ďPĒ and ends with an ďortalĒ thought you should? You really going to say no to her?