Gaymercon, the world’s first gay-focused gaming convention has been fully funded on Kickstarter, netting $31,301 in just six days and climbing – and all they wanted to begin with was $25,000.
Over at the Gaymercon Kickstarter page, a descriptor for the convention sets out stall, “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. That’s not the reality.”
“Community is important,” The descriptor continues, “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 affectionately dubbed, is important to help shape a more tolerant and safer space in gaming. After all, everyone games.”
While backed on Kickstarter, the convention has attracted a critical response in some circles for the way it distinguishes between sexual orientation.
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