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GaymerX hopes to stay alive with a Kickstarter
GaymerX hopes to stay alive with a Kickstarter
August 26, 2014 | By Mike Rose

August 26, 2014 | By Mike Rose
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Newsbrief: The GaymerX convention has once again turned to Kickstarter, this time to fund next year's show, in the wake of funding issues that have hindered its future.

The organizers of the show previously said that the second convention would be the last, since there simply wasn't enough money to run the show anymore. The show later had issues with NIS America pulling out of funding.

Now the organizers have turned to Kickstarter in the hope of funding the next show. The second show was also partially funded through Kickstarter, albeit with a much lower funding target.


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Maria Jayne
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Sigh... gay people do not have special needs, they do not require a special place to enjoy the same hobby as the rest of the world. Gay people are just people, and people are able to attend all the gaming shows publicly accessible regardless of their sexual preference.

It strikes me as exceptionally hypocritical that this has any kind of backing when it actively works to segregate and exclude the very people that need to spend more time around each other. It doesn't matter if you're Gay, Straight, aged 10 or 100, Male or Female, if you're a gamer, you should be with other gamers enjoying the same shows.

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John McMahon
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I would counter that people enjoy the ability to assemble and identify themselves for whatever reason they want. We have people assembling to have KKK-like meetings and rallies.

We have the special Olympics which is held separately from the Olympics even though the Olympics allowed an athlete with a special handicap to compete.

GaymerX conventions are places for gay/lesbian/transgendered people can assemble and enjoy the hobby, culture, and industry they are involved in without the hateful response most everyone receives in online games when the topic of gays comes up.

The video game culture has a bad habit of steering towards straight white men and as a straight white male, I see no issue for them to hold their convention. The best way for the culture within the video game community to change is to show the media, publishers, developers, and other gamers that the community they inhabit has an incredible amount of other citizens as well who for too long have taken verbal and sometimes physical abuse from gamers.

The companies in the community need to realize there is a strong community that is geared towards supporting their own rights and wish to have their own representation.

Maria Jayne
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"We have the special Olympics which is held separately from the Olympics even though the Olympics allowed an athlete with a special handicap to compete."

I really hope you didn't just compare people with disabilities to gay people.

Gay people can and do compete in the Olympics and the Paralympics just the same as straight people. A disability is a matter for the fairness of the competition, not their sexuality. There is no special "Gay" Olympics that I'm aware of.

The real reason most disabled people do not compete against able bodied people is due to the perceived advantage or disadvantage that one party may suffer when sharing the same competitive event.

Keith Nemitz
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Sigh... science fiction nerds do not have special needs, they do not require a special place to enjoy media as the rest of the world. Science fiction nerds people are just people, and people are able to attend all the media conventions publicly accessible regardless of their genre preference.

If you're a media consumer, you should be with other media consumers enjoying the same conventions.

Maria Jayne
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So the Science fiction nerds have a gay science fiction convention and a straight one do they? Or do they all go to the same ones?

Being Gay isn't a hobby, you can be gay at any hobby, there isn't some additional requirement which would benefit from segregation. However you will divide up the community and add to the impression they don't belong together.

Gay people everywhere are persecuted for being "different", this event only serves to reinforce that horrible attitude. Liking the same hobby is the perfect opportunity to say hey ya know what....we like the same stuff, maybe we're NOT so different.

Shawn Allen
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A: Gaymer X isn't only for Gay people
B: Who are you to tell gay people that they don't have special needs?
C: It's an LGBTQ oriented event, but ANYONE can go
D: They changed the name to GX3: Everyone games for that very purpose
E: As a biracial black straight cis dude I have never felt more appreciated and accepted than I was at Gaymer X2.
F: Niche gaming communities with a focus on inclusivity, anti harassment and smaller numbers seem to be the only place where I see droves of minorities.
G: GX also isn't the only event that focuses on LGBTQ issues - so there actually clearly is a need in the space - especially as marginalized people

Super Duper Garrett Cooper
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I attended GaymerX as a straight white cis male, and everyone was super welcoming and nice. It was the opposite of segregation.

To my understanding, many people don't feel comfortable attending game shows that aren't explicitly welcoming, based on bad previous experiences they had at other conventions.

Randy Spong
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Sigh... game developers do not have special needs, they do not require a special place to enjoy the same hobbies as the rest of the world. Game developers are just people, and people are able to attend all the trade shows publicly accessible regardless of their career preference.

It strikes me as exceptionally hypocritical that this has any kind of backing when it actively works to segregate and exclude the very people that need to spend more time around each other. It doesn't matter if you're a programmer, an artist, still in college or about to retire, Male or Female, if you're a person, you should be with other people enjoying the same shows.

Just throwing that out there.

Maria Jayne
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So being gay is a hobby and a profession.....

Andy Wallace
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I really don't understand all the talk of gamers are gamers so gamers should just be happy hanging out with other gamers. Queer gamers would love to just hang out with other gamers, but most gaming conventions are notoriously unfriendly places to be queer.

Events like this are not segregating the community; the toxic space that makes up so much of gamer culture is. Don't begrudge queer folks for wanting to attend a convention that they feel comfortable in.

Josh Samuels
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I don't get the negative responses to this convention. If you don't think it's a good idea, don't support the kickstarter.

Who are we to judge if people feel the need for a convention that is more supportive of who they are, especially if those people are often bullied in gaming communities and daily life?


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