GaymerX is a 501(c)3 nonprofit focused on celebrating and supporting LGBTQ+ people and culture in the world of gaming, with a focus on video games.
Based in the San Francisco bay area, GaymerX began in 2012 as the first ever LGBTQ-focused gaming convention. It grew into a yearly event featuring an expo, entertainment, and panels focused on queer culture and issues in gaming. It also expanded to hold events not just in San Francisco, but also New York and Australia. In 2017, GaymerX became a fully fledged nonprofit organization and expanded their programming to include opportunities for LGBTQ+ game developers to participate in professional conferences and other gaming events.
GaymerX is committed to creating fun and safe spaces for gamers and gaymers of all identities. GaymerX is a queer space made for everyone and everyone is welcome!
What we do
GaymerX seeks to make the gaming world safer and more inclusive to marginalized people, especially those in the gender and sexuality spectrum. This is handled 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 and put it into practice. Gaming, socializing, and partying can be effective avenues to engage in social conditions that favor diversity and inclusiveness.
Creating Better Practices for safety and inclusiveness in physical and online gaming spaces. This includes setting rules and enforcing them; creating helpful guidelines and tools for people to interact with one another; and encouraging exposure to rarely discussed social concepts and issues that help people relate to and empathize with one another.
The GaymerX Convention is an 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.