After hosting plenty of smaller-scale events for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning fans, Geeks OUT is setting its sights on something bigger: Flame Con, “a super-queer comic con” to be held next year in New York City.
To make that a reality, the group has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $15,000 to help pay for a venue, promotion, guests and incidentals (organizers also hope to secure corporate sponsorship).
“The LGBTQ community is separated into different groups that all too often don’t mix or learn from each other’s experiences: gays and lesbians, cisgender and trans people, twinks and bears,” the campaign page states. “But comic cons are all about mixing! People of every size, gender identity and expression, age, color and type come to comic conventions to get geeky, expressing what makes each of us different, special, and awesome. A queer comic con is a great way to bring us all together under one roof. We’ll learn about ourselves as a community, and explore topics that haven’t already been paneled to death at other cons. We want to end the con having brought queer people from different parts of the rainbow closer.”
To help reach the $15,000 goal, Geeks OUT is offering pledge incentives that range from a T-shirt to limited-edition prints to happy hour with Phil Jimenez. The campaign ends Dec. 4.
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