GaymerX is the first ever LGBTQ-focused gaming convention. We’ll be celebrating our second New York based event with GaymerX East 2017 (GXE), creating a space where all can join in discussion, play, and community without fear of harassment or discomfort for being who and what they are. GXE will take place in the Microsoft Technology Center in the Times Square area of New York, New York on November 4th and 5th!
The event is broken up into three main attractions:
Talks covering fandom, industry, diversity and everything in between, from respected members of the gaming community including the brilliant developer and professor Robert Yang and many more to be announced!
Special Events such as performances, parties, crowd participation events, and many others featuring special guests!
Gaming Rooms of all sizes and styles. Some rooms will feature fan favorites where you and your friends will play something familiar. Others will be rooms featuring indie and AAA devs giving you sneak peeks at some really cool, new games that you might not have heard of or won’t have a chance to play for some time. There will also be all sorts of tabletop and board games, carefully selected by a small group of very experienced tabletop organizers as well as scheduled play sessions where you can learn new games or join in on your favorite!
For more information about GaymerX East 2017, please visit gaymerx.com
GaymerX seeks to making the gaming world safer and more inclusive to marginalized people, especially those in the gender and sexuality spectrum. This is implemented in three major ways:.
Making Progress Fun is a big factor in the way that GaymerX does things. When people are genuinely excited and engaged by a concept or a technique they are far more likely to learn it and put it into practice. Gaming, socializing, and partying can be effective avenues to test out social conditions that favor inclusiveness and conflict resolution.
Creating Better Practices for safety and inclusiveness in physical and online gaming spaces. This can mean rules and enforcement, but more-so helpful guidelines and tools for people to interact with one another, as well as exposure to rarely discussed social concepts and issues that help people relate and empathize with one another.
The GX Convention is a yearly event where all of GaymerX’s work can be put into practice. It is a physical space where people can meet and interact in a different way than they would at a mainstream gaming event. When people know that the event’s audience, volunteers, staff, vendors, and guests are all supportive of their identity and open to discuss conflicts, it creates a unique positive atmosphere of comfort and inclusiveness.
GaymerX was founded in 2012 by Matt Conn via Kickstarter. The campaign was set to be funded at $25,000 but quickly soared over $90,000, causing the event to expand to a much larger venue than originally intended. 5 years and many events later, GaymerX has found itself in SF, New York, and even Australia.
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GaymerX East 2017 Special Guests (Coming Soon!)
GX Australia (Run by the amazing Liam Esler and Joshua Meadows)