Following the wildly successful GaymerX, the first gaming convention with a focus on LGBT themes, GaymerConnect has announced its second annual conference will take place July 11-13, 2014.
According to co-founder and Creative Director Matt Conn, GaymerX was created to provide both a safe space for LGBT gamers, but also to start a dialog with game developers (and each other) around LGBT representations in games. With an outpour of fan and media support, the inaugural GaymerX convention was a huge success.
GaymerX took place in San Francisco in August 2013 and featured guests like Ellen McLain, Pandora Boxx and George Skleres. The terrific attendance and online response prompted organizers to look for a larger venue for its second convention. GaymerX2 will be held for three and a half days at the InterContinental San Francisco Hotel, providing three times the space.
Logo TV will be returning as a sponsor, alongside new sponsors such as Cards Against Humanity. In addition, GaymerX2 will feature more celebrities, guest speakers, panels, concerts, mixers and games. Notably on the list of guests are David Gaider, Mattie Brice, Alexis Ohanian, Gordon Bellamy, Jaime Woo, and John Scalzi, musicians like 2 Mello and Virt, as well as returning faces like Ellen McLain, John Patrick Lowrie and Zach Weinersmith.
“For games to be taken seriously as the pieces of art that they are,” said Matt Conn, co-founder of GaymerX, “they can’t live in a culture that is afraid to tackle and discuss issues like gender, sexuality, race, and identity. The amount of support that we’ve gotten for GaymerX shows that the gaming community is coming around to the idea of having serious debates on how to improve the medium.”
GaymerX2 will take place at the Intercontinental SF in San Francisco, CA on July 11-13th, 2014 and is open to everyone.