One of the most controversial issues today circles around homosexuality, gay rights, and the LGBT community (Hear about Chic-Fil-A?). However as we move forward we’re seeing more strides for the gay community, with progress spreading to the gaming community, shown by the success of the GaymerCon Convention Kickstarter funding page, raising $31,757 in six days, demolishing their goal of $25,000.
The idea behind GaymerCon is to show that:
“The stereotypes about gamers are many, but the core is the perception that gamers are usually straight white guys in dark rooms furiously mashing at a controller. That’s not the reality.”
“Community is important. We believe that there are a great amount of Gay, Lesbian, Transgendered, Gender Queer, and Bisexual folks out there, of every color and creed, that at the end of the day, love to geek out.”
“Geek about video games, tabletop games, tech, comics – all that fun stuff. And we believe that creating a community for these folks, Gaymers as they are affectionately dubbed, is important to help shape a more tolerant and safer space in gaming. After all, everyone games.”
Unsurprisingly, the convention has gained a critical response among some people for it’s method of distinguishing sexual orientation.
What do you guys think? Is the success of the funding of GaymerCon a significant stride for the gay (or other sexual orientation) community, or is it something that isn’t needed? Sound off in the comments below.