Apr 28, 2016

Of Race Relations, Doctor Who And Cosplay

Editor's Note: This is a reposting of a past article previously featured on the now defunct 2D-X.com, featured on Kotaku Cosplay.

My first big outing with the 2D-X crew was 2013′s New York Comic Con. Our, then, Editor in Chief, Jeff, participated in a panel called “Geeks of Color Assemble! : Minorities in Fandom.” That day, I learned a lot about the perception that many people in our nerd culture have with regard to “accurate cosplay.” There were definitely some eye opening moments.

For one, I learned that a lot of people in our gaming/comic/anime etc “nerd” culture are severely prejudiced and misinformed. The story that sticks to me most was told by one of the panelists about her portrayal of Nubia. In as few words as possible

It's Still Really Rad Being A Female in the Games Industry - PAX East 2016

This past weekend was PAX East 2016 in Boston, and our own Johnathan had the honor and privilege of hosting and moderating the panel It's Still Rad Being Female in the Games Industry.

"It's important work that we're doing and I'm glad to be a part of it as an ally as we work toward making the gaming community more equitable and inclusive" Gibbs said when we caught up with him after his weekend long "work trip." The Penny Arcade Expo, or PAX, is one of the premiere video game conventions in the world. PAX East is held in Boston MA every spring.

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Apr 26, 2016

Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles - Moving Hearts and Minds through the Power of Music

I woke up this morning to find this beautiful piece of work on my facebook feed. One of our sister choruses, the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles, teamed up with a symphonic orchestra in Macedonia to create this wonderful piece of art whose message rings true for many LGBTQIA+ people who become involved with choruses like the GALA organization's choruses around the world. It tells the story of a mother as she has a child, raises him, loves him, and then finds out he's gay. Check out the whole video and have your tissues ready.