GaymerCon, the first ever gaming convention for the LGBT community, is set to take place August 3-4, 2013 in San Francisco, with fundraising efforts for the event beginning with a virtual launch event and Kickstarter.
Why do the gays need their own gaming convention?
It isn't like that. They welcome anyone from any minority. They just want to provide a safe environment for gay gamers to express themselves.
When has E3, Comic-Con, or PAX proven themselves to be "unsafe" places for the gay community? Theres nothing wrong with gay gamers forming their own click, but by doing so, they are further ostracizing themselves from the society that has yet to fully accept them.
Since I'm Asian, I want an AsianCon since I can't go all the way to Tokyo for their convention!
have you not been paying attention logic? have you not seen the reaction by most gamers to any gay content? why would that make any gay, bi or trans person feel welcome? i don't see how a couple days a year is going to ostracise the LGBT community from the rest of gamers? the other 363 days they'll be part of the whole gamer community. and AoD, maybe the asian community could set one up. it seems to me asians have also been under represented in gaming.
"Why do the gays need their own gaming convention?" Why do you "need" to play videogames? It's not about need. And what's wrong with diversity? The more gaming conventions the merrier, no matter who it's aimed at.
Im starting a kickstarter for a white male straight gaming convntion, a place where hetero people can celebrate gaming without having to fear persicution from the LBGT croud. All people are welcome of course but its still Anglo-Saxon Hetero Con or ASHC for short. Chip in a few bucks if you can!!! (I was debating going with Arian Woman Loving Straignt Male Gaming Fans or FPS Fans for short but it wasnt as catchy.)
yeah, because the heterosexual community has a long history of persecution by the LGBT community. yeah, people were getting banned from live for announcing they were hetero all the time. and you still can't use the word straight on the xbox forums can you? and you can't go five minutes on any online service without 12 year old kids calling everybody breeders. end sarcasm.
Never underestimate what you'll here online. I was once berated by some guy because I wear glasses. Which is why I'm hosting the first GWWG CON. "Gamers Who Wear Glasses" Convention. For everyone who wears glasses won't be called "Four Eyes" by people who have "normal" eyesight.
If the desire to have a gaymer convention didn't exist, then there wouldn't be one. For whatever reasons they have come up with, they wish to gather among gaymers and have their own convention to celebrate LGBT aspects in gaming. People are comfortable where they feel welcome, that's my basic understanding of that convention. Perhaps they want to play online without hearing the word "fag" or "faggot" every 5 seconds (largely exaggerated, I know). Live and let live.
Why do you guys even care?
Right short of sex mini games, what do 90-95% of the games have to do with a persons sexual preference. Unless you have different gameplay options for hetero vs homo, what does it matter to a gamer. Not everything in life, revolves around do you prefer a man or a woman in bed, gaming isn't one of them. Btw good job lgbt vocal activists, for making a mountain out of 1 guy's personal beliefs(whose are just as valid as your pro gay ones), chick-fil-a thanks you all the free advertising and records sales today and possibly the next several days. If the whole point was to hurt their business you did the exact opposite, i'll bet several gays that go to the same sex kiss day, will still get something to eat there, for either convenience or because they like chick fil a. But by all means waste your time making some useless political gesture, that a majority of the patrons there couldn't care about anyway. I see, an convenient excuse for alot of gay people and some straight people, to be total assholes because their life isn't perfect, to a bunch of people that haven't done a thing to harm them. Just because it's convenient and they feel justified in doing it. I have to wonder does the lgbt association, care about the gay and lesbian employees that could be harmed financially, if gays boycott chick-fil-a indefinitely(which is basically impossible). Is the rational sucks to be them or that is what you deserve for working for a company that professes such a belief.
They want to be accepted in society, yet they set themselves apart... Strange behavior. Saying its a 'safe environment' IMO sounds like nonsense. When was the last police reported gay attack at E3?
Because people don't attack homosexuals for, well, being gay, right? Exactly what is so threatening about a games convention that specifically invites gays? Also, how does it set them apart when it specifically says on the website that they invite gamers of every minority? "Our straight friends and allies" is how they are described. Excellent ignorance. Keep it going.
Quite possibly the stupidest comment on here. How, exactly, are gays segregating themselves by having a convention for them? Do you think one of the rooms will be "The Gay Agenda: Our Progress So Far" or "Operation: Straighties Are Going Down". Seriously, ideas and sentiments like yours are completely stupid, idiotic and furthermore, hurtful towards any chance of an advancing civilization.
I wouldn't say segregating themselves, but they are definitely drawing attention to themselves and setting themselves apart from other conventions, regardless of the intent. I can understand that it can be hard to deal with homophobes, but I do have to say that the creation of a specific gaming convention for the LGBT community rather than adding gaming itself to one of the many existing LGBT events out there does seem a bit... I dunno. I feel the more the gaming community tries to create its own groups (girl gamers, LBGT gamers, black gamers, asian gamers, weeaboos gamers, etc.), the weaker it becomes as a whole. The less titles there are and the greater focus on just gaming, IMHO, would lead to a greater community as a whole. Then again, I've been told that I like to think that I live in a fantasy world. Regardless, I hope it turns out well and I hope to hear some new gaming news come out of the convention.
Exactly what cgoodno says. Event for gays, blacks, whites, Asians, former Communists, Nationalists... And the thing 'invite gamers of every minority', uh, so its an event for all minorities. When I walk in some Africa country, I'd be a minority as a white guy. And yet still no one answers my question: is E3 so gay unfriendly for example? I mean if the other events were gay unfriendly, an own event might be needed or something. But hey in the end its a free country so keep that event. I just think its rather strange to have a gay/minority event, but at the same time say its not setting themselves apart.
What harm is it? I'm gay and this probably wouldn't be my thing, then again any game convention wouldn't be either but it's nice to have such an event for some people who want to be around like minded people if only for an event. It's the samething with LGBT groups, they are there for those who want to meet other non heterosexual people easily and learn to accept themselves and feel more at ease. I realise that's it's a bit difficult to understand for some straight guys why it would be needed but it's a great option to have for those that need or want it. Saying it's segragation is stupid. Having options and new events specifically for those who request or want them is never a bad thing. I never understood why straight people comment on something's relevancy when it doesn't concern them at all. Let them off to do their own thing. It doesn't effect you so it's no harm at all.
Some people are so deluded. There are a lot of people who hate LGBT people, and Gamers are no exception. The amount of times I've heard of homophobic abuse over the Internet, even subtle remarks that aren't "meant to offend" is shocking. Even in this thread, it is a subtle form of homophobia that you are complaining that there's a convention for "them" when really, you shouldn't care either way. The idea, is a Homosexual Gamer, can go ahead, play games and not feel in the slightest persecuted if someone should discover they are Gay. E3 is fine, except, it isn't open to normal public. I suspect a convention far less policed, and with a lot more general public could easily end with a Homosexual being abused in some way, even if it is "just" rude comments. Suppose they should just grow a pair and deal, right?
As of yet the only people I've heard speak a crossword against this are trolls or people who "just don't get it." My only response is "Gee, I wonder why."
It's nice to support and encourage diversity. The world and society would be so much better off if we weren't trying to regulate a minority. Love, accept and stop being so judgemental about things like this. I hope they exceed the funding for this and becomes a huge success, it may very well be a new platform that Sony, MS and Ninty use to announce new games and platforms at some point in the future!
Wonderful, positive, forward-thinking comment. Bubble for you, sir!
As a gay man, this is awesome (and as a gay man, some of these comments are effing idiotic...seriously). I love Comic-Con and any Con thereafter. Frankly, being around nerds and "social outcasts" provides a very welcoming environment no matter what your race, creed, sexuality, is. I would go to this because of the fact that it is another Con and it's even more of a safety net for me. What I don't expect (like any other Con) is discrimination or intolerance of said race, creed, sexuality, etc just because of the "Gay" in front of it. It just so happens that this Con will be well...more fabulous than others.
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