GaymerX

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GaymerX is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to celebrating and supporting LGBTQ+ people and culture in the world of gaming, with a focus on video games[1].

GaymerX
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StatusActive
Location(s)San Francisco, CA
CountryUnited States
InauguratedGaymerX - August 2013
Websitegaymerx.org

GaymerX puts on a fan-facing convention with LGBT-oriented gaming and geek culture, or gaymer, with panels primarily focused on LGBT issues and debates in the gaming industry.

History[edit]

GaymerX was founded in August 2013 by Matt Conn and Toni Rocca as part of MidBoss. [2]

The goal was to establish a space for those who felt larger gaming conventions like E3 were unwelcoming places for LGBT gamers.[3] The first instance of GaymerX was financed through a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter,[4] and occurred on August 3rd and 4th, 2013 in San Francisco, CA.[5] Organizers have said the event is about uniting gay gamers, not creating a division among gamers,[6] as they want to create a "safe place" for LGBT gamers.[7]

The planned convention began with significant news coverage of its initial Kickstarter launch, but the event achieved more widespread attention after the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church, known widely as a hate group that pickets espousing homophobic statements, announced that they would protest the convention.[8][9]

GaymerX began with a Kickstarter project launched on August 1, 2012, which was covered by sites such as Examiner and GamePolitics.com.[10] The convention raised over $14,000 in its first two days,[6] exceeded its goal of $25,000 as early as August 6,[11][12] and ended with over $90,000.[12] Throughout the fundraising campaign, organizers added new support levels, in addition to existing support levels that include admission to the event and voice acting from Ellen McLain.[13] At a session during the convention, McLain took part as assistant to a marriage proposal to help an attendee propose to his boyfriend by voicing a version of the song Still Alive with reworked lyrics.

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GaymerX2 was held at the InterContinental Hotel between July 11–13, 2014 in downtown San Francisco. It featured Darren Young, the first openly gay wrestler in the WWE,[14] who revealed that he would be a playable character in the upcoming WWE 2K15.[15]

In July 2017 Gaymerx officially incorporated as a 501c3 non profit. Separating it from MidBoss.[16] At this time a board of directors was formed consisting of consists of Raymond Lancione, Tanya DePass, Brian Kunde, Soraya Een Hajji, Steven Harmon, and Eugenio Vargas. [17] and Matt Conn was replaced by Toni Rocca as executive director.

In 2018 Matt Conn was accused of labor rights violations. While Matt was had not been affiliated with GaymerX since the organization split from Midboss the previous year, he was the head of MidBoss, which had been a major sponsor of past events. In response GaymerX announced they were cutting all ties with MidBoss, and would no longer allow them to sponsor future events.[18] Although shortly afterwards Matt resigned from MidBoss,[19] the two organizations have had not had any further relationship.

In April 2018 GaymerX named a new Executive Director: Katie Kaitchuck [20] (Replacing Toni) Since her appointment of the organization they have launched a new scholarship program to help LGBT developers get into the industry.[21]

In January GaymerX East 2019 was announced [22] planned to take place on April 27th & 28th at the Microsoft Conference Center in Times Square.[22]

Events[edit]

Name Dates Venue Location Atten. Guests of Honor
GaymerX August 3–4, 2013[23] Hotel Kabuki & Hotel Tomo San Francisco, California 1,400 Ellen McLain, Zach Weiner, Matthew Michael Brown, Anna Anthropy, John Patrick Lowrie, Pandora Boxx
GaymerX2 July 11–13, 2014 InterContinental Hotel San Francisco, California 1,900 David Gaider, Mattie Brice, Alexis Ohanian, Gordon Bellamy, Darren Young,[24] Zach Weiner, 2 Mello, Colleen Macklin, Jaime Woo
GXDev: Everyone Creates Jan 9-11, 2015 PubNub San Francisco, California 60 Johnnemann Nordhagen, Anna Kipnis, Kortney Ziegler, Matt Conn
GX3: Everyone Games Dec 11–13, 2015 San Jose Convention Center San Jose, California 2,429 Jennifer Hale,[25] Zach Weiner, Anita Sarkeesian, Rob Jagnow, Jamin Warren, Natasha Allegri, Trixie Mattel[26]
GaymerX • Year Four Sep 30 - Oct 2, 2016 Santa Clara Convention Center Santa Clara, California 2,100 Dave Fennoy, David Gaider, Tim Cain, Kitty Powers
GaymerX East Nov 12-13, 2017 Microsoft Technology Center New York City, New York ? Kitty Powers, Mattie Brice, Robert Yang, SAMMUS, Shawn Alexander Allen, Tanya De Pass
GaymerX East 2019 April 27th & 28th Microsoft Conference Center in Times Square New York City, New York Brandon Stennis, Katherine Cross, D.J. Kirkland[27]

GXDev: Everyone Creates[edit]

GXDev: Everyone Creates, was a game jam and hackathon that happened over January 9th through 11th in 2015 and featured over 40 developers who produced over 10 games featuring queer content and themes,[28] including one about "dating butts",[29] and one about polyamory.[30]

Award Game Name
Judge's Choice Patchwork
Crowd Choice Fatal[e]
Diplomacy Award Here’s Your Fuckin’ Papers
#suchridiculous Cheek 2 Cheek
The Whole Picture (Most Complete) Cactus Seeking Hug
Best Feminism Fatal[e]
LSD Award Cosmic Endeerment
Tobii EyeX Award Cosmic Endeerment
Firebase Award We Are Here
Volume Award Consensual Chaos
Strangest Game Patchwork
Prismatic Award for Diversity Cheek 2 Cheek
Best Message Shiny Things

See also[edit]

  • Flame Con, an LGBTQ-focused multi-genre entertainment and comic convention
  • ClexaCon, an entertainment convention focused on LGBTQ women

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Us – GaymerX: Everyone Games". Retrieved 2019-02-05.
  2. ^ "GaymerX cuts all ties to MidBoss". GamesIndustry.biz. Retrieved 2019-02-05.
  3. ^ Malcolm Thorndike Nicholson, WE’RE HERE, WE’RE QUEER AND WE LOVE THE LEGEND OF ZELDA
  4. ^ "GaymerX on Kickstarter". Kickstarter.
  5. ^ "GaymerCon for LGBT gamers". BoingBoing.
  6. ^ a b "GaymerCon is about uniting gay gamers, not separation". VentureBeat.
  7. ^ "GaymerCon wants to provide a "safe place" for LGBTQ gamers". ArsTechnica.
  8. ^ Nate Cook. "Gay Gaming Con To Be Protested By Westboro". Upcoming Cons.
  9. ^ Nicholas Tan. "GaymerX: Best Weekend Evar". gamerevolution.com. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  10. ^ "GaymerCon Raises over $14,000 in Two Days". GamePolitics.
  11. ^ "LGBT convention GaymerCon secures Kickstarter funding". ShackNews.
  12. ^ a b "GaymerCon: Everybody Games". Kickstarter.
  13. ^ Lana Polansky. "Ellen McLain Summons GLaDOS to Voice Support for GaymerCon". GameRanx.
  14. ^ Travis Waldron. "WWE's Darren Young Comes Out As First Openly Gay Professional Wrestler". ThinkProgress.
  15. ^ Hayner, Chris (July 11, 2014). "WWE's Darren Young reveals his 'WWE 2K15' character: Pic". Zap2It.
  16. ^ "GaymerX Foundation becomes a nonprofit to boost its diversity mission". VentureBeat. 2017-07-07. Retrieved 2019-02-05.
  17. ^ "Who We Are – GaymerX: Everyone Games". Retrieved 2019-02-05.
  18. ^ "GaymerX Cuts All Ties to MidBoss Amid Allegations Against Founder". pastemagazine.com. Retrieved 2019-02-05.
  19. ^ "MidBoss names Cade Peterson interim CEO". GamesIndustry.biz. Retrieved 2019-02-05.
  20. ^ "GaymerX". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2019-02-05.
  21. ^ "GaymerX GDC Scholarship – GaymerX: Everyone Games". Retrieved 2019-02-05.
  22. ^ a b "GaymerX East 2019 – GaymerX: Everyone Games". Retrieved 2019-02-05.
  23. ^ "GaymerCon 2013". Upcoming Cons.
  24. ^ "Openly Gay WWE Superstar Darren Young Joins GaymerX2". Upcoming Cons.
  25. ^ "Gamer idol Jennifer Hale to prove Everyone Games at GX3". CNET.
  26. ^ "Bosses of Honor|GX3: Everyone Games". Retrieved 2014-12-23.
  27. ^ "GaymerX East 2019 – GaymerX: Everyone Games". Retrieved 2019-02-05.
  28. ^ "GXdev". Retrieved 2015-01-19.
  29. ^ Riendeau, Danielle (January 16, 2015). "Inspired by the best character in Bob's Burgers, here's a game about butts". Polygon. Retrieved January 16, 2015.
  30. ^ "A game about gardening, cute deer and dating multiple people". Retrieved 2015-01-16.

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