GX Australia, our very first convention for “queer gamers, geeks, and all of their friends” is coming to Sydney in 2016, and the organisers have today launched a Kickstarter to help fund the running of the event. At the time of writing the project has reached $4,112 of its $50,000 goal a mere several hours into the thirty day campaign.

We believe that all gamers and geeks deserve a space to play, share their interests, and meet like-minded folks without fear of harassment or bullying because of who they are. Video games have come so far, with tons of great examples of representation in both mainstream and indie titles, but there’s still work to be done to make sure everyone feels included.

The idea behind the event is simple – creating a space for people to enjoy pop culture and games together while highlighting and supporting representation and diversity within the community. Alongside a slew of developers and publishers already on board, the event will also see guests like Chris Avellone (Obsidian Entertainment), Rae Johnston, Tim Cain and Alex Shillington (AussieGamerChick) taking part in the event.

The event will be held in the Australian Technology Park in Sydney on February 27 and 28. Weekend tickets are currently available at early bird prices by supportingĀ the Kickstarter for $70, which will jump to $85 after the campaign. There are plenty of rewards that range from indie games like Armello, Read Only Memories, party invites and name credits, or larger packages for artists & developers to showcase their work.

You can read the full run down, risk assessments & learn more about what’s planned for GX Australia over on their kickstarter page.