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April 16
2014

PAX East 2014: The Diversity Lounge

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Born from yet another foot-in-mouth moment from Penny Arcade’s Mike Krahulik (“Gabe”), the PAX East Diversity Lounge was mired in controversy from its inception. Was it a genuine attempt to bring attention to marginalized groups, or just a face-saving measure? Happily, I can report first-hand that the inaugural Diversity Lounge was quite successful at bringing much-needed attention to marginalized communities of gamers, and the people I spoke to there agreed.

“I’m actually very impressed,” admitted Samson Romero from Toronto Gaymers. “We didn’t know what to expect from PAX East, to be honest. But the support here is so amazing.”

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April 14
2014

GaymerX2 to be the Queer Gaming Con’s Last

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GaymerX made history when it became the first ever queer-centric video game convention of its kind. The con’s founder Matt Conn made headline after headline as he spearheaded an endeavor to bring his dream to life: a safe space where queer and allied geeks could gather together to play the games that they love. GamerX famously made four times its Kickstarter goal in 2012 before welcoming thousands of gay geeks from all over to the halls of San Francisco’s Hotel Kabuki last August.

GaymerX2 or GX2, will take place this upcoming July in San Francisco’s Intercontinental Hotel, a significant upgrade in size. It is expected to be even crazier than last year’s event, and will see special guests like WWE’s Darren Young alongside BioWare’s David Gaider, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, indie game writer/developer Mattie Brice, and many more.

It will also be the con’s last…for now.

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March 20
2014

Party With Us At PAX East!

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With PAX East coming up in April (the 11th through the 13th, to be exact), it’s time once again for the Annual GayGamer.net PAX East Meet-up! Come have a few drinks and hang out with me and the rest of the gaymers attending the East Coast PAX convention!

Unfortunately, the awesomely low-key bar where we’ve always gathered our gays, Fritz, has closed for remodeling, forcing us to find another venue to descend upon. Luckily, there’s a spot right around the corner in the same neighborhood called Club Café. And it’s got a dance floor, so we can get our groove on!

So join us on Saturday, April 12, starting around 9:00 at Club Café, located at 209 Columbus Ave. (We’ll be there all night long, but after 11:00 they start charging a cover.) Hope to see you there!

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February 19
2014

Openly Gay WWE Superstar Darren Young Joins GaymerX2

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WWE wrestler Darren Young made waves in 2013 by nonchalantly coming out of the closet when pressed by a reporter from TMZ. The WWE has since warmly embraced their superstar, who carries the distinction of being the first openly gay wrestler in the history of the sport.

Young also fulfills an important role in gaymer history being the first playable gay character to be introduced in a professional sports title, WWE 2K14. We even named WWE 2K14 one of our gayest games of the year.

Today it was officially announced that Darren Young will be making his way to San Francisco this July as a GaymerX2 Boss of Honor.

Via GaymerX:

“Darren Young’s involvement in GaymerX is tremendously exciting. We understand the struggle that athletes face in coming out, especially when they live in the spotlight,” quoted Toni Rocca, President of GaymerX. “For a member of an organization as widely watched as WWE to be comfortable with his identity and also to continue to be accepted in his line of work is a great example for all athletic fields out there. We would really like to celebrate that.”

“I am very excited to be a part of this year’s GaymerX conventionQuoted Fred Rosser aka WWE’s Darren Young,”Gay geeks and gamers around the world deserve to have their own community and I’m very proud to be a part of what should be an awesome experience”

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2014

Geeks OUT Is McKellen Me Softly

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Sir Ian McKellen has become a queer icon as one of the most prominent out gay actors working today, and he’s also become a gay geek icon for his work in the Lord of the Rings and X-Men franchises. So it’s only natural that our good buddies over at Geeks OUT would choose him as their next honoree!

Geeks OUT will be holding another one of their art show galas on Thursday, May 29 from 7:00-10:00 pm at 296 Ninth Avenue in New York City. And in the tradition of Takei Back the Night (for George Takei) and Dream Weaver (honoring Sigourney Weaver) ,they will be celebrating Sir Ian McKellen with McKellen Me Softly. Original artwork by a myriad of talents will be on display and raffled off, with proceeds going to fund Geeks OUT’s mission of dynamic LGBTQ inclusion at conventions in cities around the country. Visit their website for more details, and I hope to see you there!

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January 31
2014

The Snow Cones, StreetPass and Sex of FurCon

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Do you know how difficult it is to get in an elevator when the guy next to you is in a six-and-a-half-foot canine costume?

I’m at Further Confusion, one of the largest annual meet-ups for furries. Thousands flock to San Jose each year to socialize, drink, and party. It brings in hundreds of thousands of dollars for the city and quite the spectacle for locals to gawk at and snap cell phone pictures of. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves.

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October 1
2013

GaymerX2 Goes Bigger in 2014

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With 2,300 attendees this past August, the very first GaymerX got industry-wide attention for being one of the only conventions to openly celebrate gamers from the LGBTQ, female and minority communities. For its second year, the handily renamed GaymerX2 or GX2 is moving up to the swanky InterContinental Hotel in the SoMa (South of Market) district in San Francisco. Running from July 11th through July 13th, attendance is expected to rise to more than 3,500 gaymers and their allies.

The featured speakers – dubbed Bosses of Honor – are also expected to increase. Returning from last year’s program are famed Valve game voice actors Eileen McLain and John Patrick Lawrie, along with webcomic creator Zack Weinersmith (Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal) and musical guest Aethernaut. They will be joined by industry vet and former International Game Developer’s Association Executive Director Gordon Bellamy, games activist Mattie Brice, writer Jaime Woo, Senior Bioware Writer David Gaider, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, and sci-fi author/blogger John Scalzi. New musical guests will include 2Mello and Super Soul Bros.

Those wishing to help out at next year’s convention, or just looking for more info, can contact site@gaymerconnect.com.

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