This year's LGBTQ-friendly GaymerX2 event will be the last for the foreseeable future

Organizers confirm the news today and thank fans for their support.

This year's LGBTQ-friendly convention, GaymerX2, will be the last for the foreseeable future due to a number of issues, including budget concerns. Organizers announced the news today in a series of tweets, going on to thank fans for their support, and promising an "amazing" show this year to go out on.

"Based on feedback that we've gotten, the new focus towards diversity in the industry, and budget, GaymerX2 will be the final year for the con," organizers said. "This year is gonna be super awesome and we're going to make it AMAZING for you and anyone who attends, so try to come out if you can!"

"We love you and we wouldn't have been able to make this convention possible without all your support and love," they added.

GaymerX organizers did not rule out holding other similar events in the future, but stopped short of announcing any specific plans.

"That's not to say that we may not do other events again in the future, but we're asking so much out of our volunteers for the past two years," they said. "The size of our event and the amount of money we were losing to put it on became too much of a burden to keep at this pace."

"But the dream of creating a better world for queer geeks will live on until there is true equality and we ask you to keep fighting the fight."

This year's three-day event, funded through Kickstarter and to be held July 11-13 in San Francisco, will focus on celebrating diversity and inclusivity in gaming and will feature a range of panels and talks with developers and LGBTQ leaders. Speakers this year include veteran BioWare writer David Gaider, Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian, and writer Mattie Brice. Musicians Virt, 2Mello, and Aethernaut will perform at the event.

You can find out more about the convention at GaymerX2’s Kickstarter page. GameSpot editor Kevin VanOrd attended the first GaymerX and you can read his thoughts on the show here.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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Discussion

609 comments
Kitty_Fields
Kitty_Fields

I deeply regret reading these comments. Jeez. 

I'm going to deviate from pretty much everyone here and say that I hope I'll be able to make it out to this last iteration of the con! I mean, GLaDOS' voice actress will be there, which is awesome!

suppaphly42
suppaphly42

god i miss feedbackula all the bigots would get a good stern finger waging and johnny would make some bizarre British insult as to why all the bigots are stupid a few of you would get called out and in your ignorance would wear it like a badge or something   

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

Glad that nonsense is done.   Now we don't have to read any more of Kevin's thoughts about it.

pnova
pnova

Breaking news

They quit gaymer to focus on the new gaming convention they working on.

It's called kkkgaymer. All is welcome lol

homelessgamer
homelessgamer

Interesting comments, good to know who the bigots are in the community.

fabs1
fabs1

Well... I guess this suffers the problem that all baseless political stunts do, transient demand based on headlines. Once the phase wears off, there really isn't that much behind it and it fades away.


Honestly, I don't see a problem with these people having such a convention, I just wonder why the hell it was necessary.

sozoshu
sozoshu

When someone is starting to delete posts which are not promoting homosexuality (yet not offending anyone either), you know there are gaymoderators around who are unable to argue with what was said.

hayden_campbell
hayden_campbell

@balrogbane  

"Not to get in a political debate on the internet, but I would ask those who support homosexuality would you also approve of marriage to more than on spouse, or to an animal, or support nudists or marrying a family member. Point being everyone gets so caught up in and blown by the political winds it's scary."


So many false equivalencies it's scary. 

1. Multiple spouses- I wouldn't approve of it nor condemn it. Until you have loved multiple people equally and all three of you consent and support your marriage you cannot truly understand their argument for it, I don't see how it can be judged by myself as it does not effect me or anyone directly.

2. Animal- Animals are neither of the same species nor have the ability to consent to or receive the benefits of marriage.

3. Nudists- Clothes and covering certain areas are invention of man. Man existed for a long time without the stigma attached to nudism. You were born naked. Nudism is basically the same as wearing clothing containing things some people find offensive. This has nothing to do with homosexuality/same sex marriage anymore than it does to opposite sex issues.

4. Incest- Equating homosexuality/same sex marriage to  incest would be like me assuming your o.k. with opposite sex incest just because it is not same sex.


What's really scary is that your mind draws conclusions linking these all together

suppaphly42
suppaphly42

@balrogbane more then one spouse, sure if you can handle that then good on you. as for animal can't have children with them so there is no point in marriage.  in regard to a family member we all know that is why the south lost the war ;) and it leads to some birth defects so no not a safe plan for the betterment of the gene pool.  the nudists, if they go to places that are not opposed to it then fine, if they walk in a downtown area with children about then no. that is why we have laws and such.  

balrogbane
balrogbane

@hayden_campbell No one can say that homosexuality is somehow physically positive plus it's not the way nature intended it has been the same way since the dawn of time and in the past 15 years or so man thinks he's above all that. And I find it very sad, I don't hate gays however I strongly disapprove of how they have chosen to live.

hayden_campbell
hayden_campbell

@balrogbane @hayden_campbell  


"No one can say that homosexuality is somehow physically positive plus it's not the way nature intended it has been the same way since the dawn of time and in the past 15 years or so man thinks he's above all that."


No one is saying it's a positive physical attribute. Even if it's the big biological or genetic flaw you think it is why would you then discriminate against someone who you view as afflicted or disabled. If someone were born or turned blind, do you not think it is fair for them to be treated specially in order for them to live a life that is as fulfilling and filled with opportunities that you yourself enjoy through no special effort. Remember in the olden days and still presently in other countries where if a child was born with a disability they would either be drowned or abandoned. Hell in some countries people consider women second class citizens in the same way you think of gays and abort them as soon as they know.


"And I find it very sad, I don't hate gays however I strongly disapprove of how they have chosen to live."

So you would have them all rush back into the closet , never enjoy romance, or falsely marry a member of the opposite sex because it disappoints you when even though it has no effect on you when they do the opposite of these things. I don't understand why you're disappointed in their plight/campaign to seek the same rights you yourself are entitled to and may already be receiving.



RobDev
RobDev

@Zombrex @Gelugon_baat @ChiefFreeman  Normal people wouldn't do or read things that annoy them, then comment on them. they would just ignore those things. Unless Kevin is holding him down and dictating directly to him he can easily avoid Kevins views on the subject.

suppaphly42
suppaphly42

@Gelugon_baat @Zombrex hate to say it but with you that is the safest approach XD

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@Zombrex

Also, would you say that you were not being passive-aggressive yourself?

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@Zombrex  @Chr0noid

I find it doubtful that this ill-defined "society" which you referred to would benefit from Chr0noid's views.

suppaphly42
suppaphly42

@Zombrex @Chr0noid@Gelugon_baat yes it does, it makes them tear them selves apart with rage like trying to kill a mosquito in the dark

Zombrex
Zombrex

@Chr0noid @Gelugon_baat  don't do it man, the passive aggressiveness eats people alive. Just let it "win." Take solace in knowing you're contributing to society with your views instead of passing through life with no real stance on anything.

suppaphly42
suppaphly42

@Gelugon_baat @suppaphly42 that maybe true i'm just going by what i have read here today on this page and have not read the whole of it so i don't know what you and he have said in the past.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@Chr0noid

I am aware that I am saying things that some people don't like, but really, if you are saying that I should let others have their opinions, then I have the right to have remarks about others' opinions, haven't I?

Chr0noid
Chr0noid

@Gelugon_baat @Chr0noid@ZombrexSee, this is what I'm talking about.  Instead of actually making posts with substance you sit there taking potshots at every single person who comments and then backpedals like mad when you get called out on your insipid trolling.  Look at this comments section alone.  You've made like 20 posts in the past hour just by replying to each person whom you disagree with.  What kind of pretentious contrarian does that?  Let people have their opinions!

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@suppaphly42  

Eh... you might want to know that Chr0noid is someone whom I might have annoyed in the past. ;)

suppaphly42
suppaphly42

@Chr0noid @Gelugon_baat@Zombrex ok dude if you read through the comments you will see what he tries to do is make people think about why people say the things they say  and there doesn't seem to be any mean intentions behind them if people start to infer a meaning he did not say then he tries to get them to reveal what there true feelings are its really fun to watch and safer  not to take the bait

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@Zombrex @Gelugon_baat 

I am not saying that they can't dislike the works of others and express that.

Yet, really, "without opposition"?

That would be saying that criticism only works one-way. That would be true, if one is sanctimonious.

Zombrex
Zombrex

@Gelugon_baat @Zombrex  What is yours? Why can't people dislike the works of others and express that opinion without opposition?

Chr0noid
Chr0noid

@Gelugon_baat @ZombrexWhat is YOUR fucking point?  You're clogging up the comments section with your inane prattle without actually saying anything of note.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@Zombrex @Gelugon_baat 

You say that you have no inclination as to what "value" that is, and yet you asked me that question which you made earlier, referring to some "value" that you do not know of.

Really, what is your point?

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@Zombrex  

Oh, whoa, whoa there. That's quite some stretching that you are making. Maybe you should just take my remark at just face value.

Zombrex
Zombrex

@Gelugon_baat @Zombrex @ChiefFreeman  You simply told him no one was forcing him to read the article. Suggesting that his reading habits were less than desirable.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@Zombrex @ChiefFreeman 

Indeed, but there's nothing wrong with other people continuing to do things that somehow annoy them if it is well within their rights. ;)