Universal Fan Con
Society may lump all geeks and nerds together as one group, but the reality is, this culture is full of all types. Black Girl Nerds’ Jamie Broadnax and The Black Geeks’ Robert Butler plan to bring us all together with their pet project, Universal Fan Con. The Con preaches inclusiveness within the nerd/geek communities.
The Con is described as, “the first multi-fandom con dedicated to inclusion, highlighting women, LGBTQ, the disabled and persons of color.”
Organizers for the convention had this to say:
“Universal Fan Con grew out of the idea that a Con should be a space where everyone can see themselves represented in the genres that they love. From the panels, to the celebrity guests and activities, all the way down to the parties, we believe that the Con experience should be a celebration of the differences that make us strong. In this time of political divisiveness rooted in fear, Universal Fan Con is here to celebrate the power of inclusion and representation.”
“Our goal is bring together at least 10,000 of our closest geek friends from all over the nation to have fun and celebrate geekdom in a place where all are welcome. The world of fandom is one in which personal identity plays a pivotal role. From cosplay to live action role play (LARP), identities of race, gender, and sexual orientation contrast with identities of genre, era, medium and myth.”
Universal Fan Con is scheduled for April 27th – 29th, 2018 at the Baltimore Convention Center. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, you can help pitch in via the Con’s Kickstarter page to contribute to the cause.
I think the idea for Universal Fan Con is phenomenal. I love the idea of bringing all of our communities together for a weekend to just have a good time and share our collective passions and hobbies with one another. What do you guys think? We’d love to hear your thoughts, so join in on the conversation in the comments below!