LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender incase you don’t know) Kickstarter funded convention Gaymercon has torn past it’s funding limit with 24 days still to go.
Having sought $25k to see it’s first convention, it currently stands at a total of $32,303 on its Kickstarter page, with 651 backers.
“Community 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,” explains the Kickstarter description.
“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 affectionately dubbed, is important to help shape a more tolerant and safer space in gaming. After all, everyone games.”
While there has no doubt been ignorant ranting about why such an event even exists, it’s quick funding shows that there is a market out there for gay gamers who want a separate convention where they can feel comfortable.
“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,” states the page. “That’s 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 you’ll 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 don’t 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.”
We’re glad the project has gotten funding and we hope that it can go on to receive even more money to turn it into a profitable and returning event!