Events at 2015 Gen Con Indy

Gen-Con-Logo-for-sticky-articlesThere are a number of events that might be of interest to transgender gamers at the upcoming Gen Con in Indianapolis this year. Tabletop Gaymers is hosting their annual  “Queer as a Three-Sided Die” seminar along with a number of events that are transgender inclusive. Alexa Heart, a transgender cosplayer, will be hosting seminars on cosplay as well as one on coming out in the gaming culture.

Wednesday – Trade Day


11:00 AM – Diversity in Gaming Culture
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A discussion on the educational benefits of gaming in communicating cross-cultural experiences. Includes topics demonstrating an increased need for diversity in gaming media.

Thursday


2:00 PM – Writing Comics: Writing Women Friendly Comics
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What is a comic for women? Is it a good idea to try to write to a specific readership? Is it even possible? Explore this topic with our distinguished guests.

6:00 PM – Gaymer Gathering (ZED1569125)
Meet, greet, & play tabletop games with other LGBT nerds & our supporters. Pick up your GAYMER badge ribbon! Bring your own game or use one from the gaymer library.

Friday


11:00 AM – Women at the Table
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Tips on how to open up your group to women & keep women interested once they’re there.

2:00 PM – Diversity in Gaming (SEM1580463)
Discrimination ordinances, Gamergate, & the expanding Geek culture emphasize the importance of diversity. This is an opportunity to brainstorm how we can make gaming more welcoming for everyone.

6:00 PM – Cosplay: Do It For You! (SEM1576911)
Panelist will cover topics like Age, Race, Body Image, Gender and how to overcome fears and obstacles society has placed in front of you! Also covered: cosplaying w/ disabilities and how cosplay is for everyone!

Saturday


11:00 AM – Women in Games After Gamergate
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In the wake of Gamergate, we’ll explore what the industry is doing to help, how women are interacting differently & ways we as a community can support women as leaders in the evolving gaming world.

7:00 PM – Coming Out Cosplay: An LGBT Community Panel (SEM1576912)
The host, a transgender cosplay model, will discuss her decision to transition w/ the support of the cosplay & geek communities. She’ll cover the obstacles she’s faced, etc. Q&A to follow.

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Katie

Katie’s first experience with video games was in the late 1970s with Pong on the family Tandy TRS-80 home computer. She published her first gaming review in 1982 for the TRS-80 video game Rear Guard. It was around this time that Katie also discovered the joy of role-playing games, starting with Advanced Dungeons & Dragons. In college she played Doom, getting her into first person shooting games. This interest lasted until Final Fantasy XI was released when she started to spend time playing massively multiplayer online role-playing games. Currently she has an interest in many different genres of video games. She lives in Elgin, Illinois with her cat Éowyn.

About Katie

Katie’s first experience with video games was in the late 1970s with Pong on the family Tandy TRS-80 home computer. She published her first gaming review in 1982 for the TRS-80 video game Rear Guard. It was around this time that Katie also discovered the joy of role-playing games, starting with Advanced Dungeons & Dragons. In college she played Doom, getting her into first person shooting games. This interest lasted until Final Fantasy XI was released when she started to spend time playing massively multiplayer online role-playing games. Currently she has an interest in many different genres of video games. She lives in Elgin, Illinois with her cat Éowyn.