All-inclusive gaming convention GaymerX2 met its funding goal in the first 48 hours of its recently launched Kickstarter campaign, securing July weekend dates for the upcoming San Francisco event.

Launched last year, GaymerX is an LGBTQ-friendly expo celebrating diversity and inclusivity in gaming. Along with a series of panel discussions, this year's convention will feature a gaming space curated by IndieCade, a multi-musician concert, and a guest appearance by Fred Rosser (WWE Superstar Darren Young). The event will also host a public wedding, following up on a proposal accepted during last year's GaymerX.

Organizers note that tickets will likely sell out prior to the event, making the Kickstarter project a reliable way to reserve entrance badges. Though the convention's initial funding goal has been met, continued backer support will fund additional bands, celebrity appearances, and game tournament prizes, among other announced stretch goals.

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GaymerX2 Announces New Fundraising Campaign and Partnership with IndieCade To Take Gay Gaming to the Next Level

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (February 19, 2014) -- MidBoss, the team behind the convention known as GaymerX2, is excited to announce that they've launched a new fundraising campaign featuring celebrities like WWE's Darren Young, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, and indie game curators IndieCade.

After a huge debut year for the first GaymerX with over 2,300 gamers attending from around the world, GaymerX2 will be held at the San Francisco InterContinental Hotel over the course of three days, July 11-13. Special "Bosses of Honor" will include openly gay wrestler Fred Rosser aka Darren Young of WWE, BioWare's David Gaider, Mattie Brice, Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian, Gordon Bellamy, Jaime Woo, and John Scalzi. Additionally, Logo TV will return as the presenting media sponsor of GaymerX.

The beautiful venue boasts nearly triple the convention space of last year's venue, along with two huge ballrooms, a spa, pool, and a Presidential Suite that is known to host--you guessed it-- President Obama.

"We are excited to be able to provide a safe space for all gamers much in the way an LGBT film festival, or other queer events do. GaymerX is a place where we can express, explore, and celebrate various forms of diversity in the gaming medium, and we welcome everybody to join us," quoted Toni Rocca, President of GaymerX. "The fact that we've got people like IndieCade and Darren Young supporting us shows that there are larger organizations that are starting to support their queer audiences."

Along with a gaming space curated by IndieCade, the convention will host more card, board, and video games as well as panels from awesome game developers, AAA and Indie companies, journalists, and fun characters from the gaming world. There will also be several events such as a cosplay contest, concert, and even a wedding. Last year, a surprise proposal took place during GaymerX in the middle of Voice Acting 101, sung by Ellen McLain as GLaDOS to the man's boyfriend. This time around, the couple will be having a Gaymer Wedding at the convention and attendees will be welcome to join in.

"I am very excited to be a part of this year's GaymerX convention," quoted Fred Rosser aka WWE's Darren Young. "Gay geeks and gamers around the world deserve to have their own community and I'm very proud to be a part of what should be an awesome experience."

"With a focus on the LBGT community, the GaymerX gaming convention represents the broadening, the diversity, and the impact gaming has made in cultures around the world. We [IndieCade] have always embraced and enabled the discovery, the support, and the celebrationof independent game creators and artists from all different cultures and are thrilled to be a part of this fantastic event." --IndieCade

About IndieCade

IndieCade supports independent game development globally through a series of international events highlighting the rich, diverse, artistic and culturally significant contributions of indie game developers. IndieCade's programs are designed to bring visibility to and facilitate the production of new works within the emerging independent game community.

IndieCade was formed by Creative Media Collaborative, an alliance of industry producers and leaders founded in 2005. www.indiecade.com

About MidBoss

MidBoss is all about finding you queer gamers and allies of every identity who play the same games you do. We believe that everyone games and that every part of the gaming community should be able to have their own space to discuss, debate, and meet one another. That space is MidBoss.

About GaymerX2

GaymerX2 is a convention that celebrates gaming and geek culture from the prism of the LGBTQ, minority, and female perspective. 2,300 people attended the debut convention, GaymerX, in 2013. With a bigger venue and an extra day of programming, over 3,500 people are expected to attend in 2014. The convention will be offering three days of fantastic panels, games, parties, cosplay, industry mixers, and concerts.

Held at the beautiful InterContinental Hotel, 32 stories of translucent cool-blue, is among the city's most admired landmarks. With 3 floors of convention space, 2 ballrooms, and private meeting rooms, it is among the most modern and highest rated in San Francisco.

"GaymerX is the gaming convention made for queers, but important for everyone." -Huffington Post

"Thank God for GaymerX, then, for reminding me that there are so many people of all ages out there that are like me." -GameSpot

For more information on GaymerX2, please visit http://gaymerX.com.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.