Sometimes, it's important for queer people to come together and acknowledge and support each other. And in this case, it's videogames that's the uniting force. With support systems for Australia's queer youth under attack, it seems as crucial an idea as ever.
GX Australia, Australia's first queer gaming convention, is happening in Sydney for the first time this weekend. It's following the successful GaymerX model from the United States, with exhibitors, panels, and international guests. Topics for discussion include body image, identity, polyamory, and more.
It's an inclusive festival that aims to be a "space for gamers, geeks, and allies of all stripes to come together regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation". The attraction of GX Australia is in recognising that lots of different people play videogames – lots of people who don't fit the stereotype, that is – and in acknowledging that everyone's experience with games is different.
GX Australia runs 27 - 28 February and is part of Sydney's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.