FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Geeks OUT Partners with the Ali Forney Center for YOUTH DAY at FLAME CON 2
Admission Made Free to Everyone Under 20 on Sunday, August 21st
New York – June 14, 2016 – Geeks OUT is excited to partner with the Ali Forney Center for YOUTH DAY at Flame Con, New York City’s premier LGBTQ+ Comic Con! The event, now in its second year, expands to two days – Saturday, August 20th and Sunday, August 21st at the Brooklyn Bridge Marriott.
On Sunday, August 21st all attendees of Flame Con 2 under the age of 20 will be admitted free of charge.
“Last year’s event brought a diverse group of attendees, and we noticed in particular queer youth embracing the convention as a safe space to celebrate pop culture,” said Joey Stern, President of Geeks Out. “We’re thrilled to partner the Ali Forney Center to bring free admission to our under 20 attendees seeking diversity, positivity and creativity.”
In addition to its larger venue, and added day, FLAME CON 2 will accommodate more exciting guests, more outrageous performances, more engaging panel discussions, and looks forward to more unique cosplay from attendees.
Special guests to FLAME CON 2 of Young Adult appeal include:
Alex London – Author of Proxy
Amy Reeder – Creator of Rocket Girl, and writer of Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur
James Tynion IV – Writer of Backstagers and The Woods
Jay Justice – Actress, Activist, Cosplayer and LGBT & Disability Advocate
Jennie Wood – Author of A Boy Like Me
Laurent Linn – Writer and illustrator of Draw The Line
Nicole Brinkley -Blogger at YAinterrobang.com
Sophie Campbell – Artist on Jem and The Holograms
Terra Elan McVoy – YA author of In Deep, Criminal, and Being Friends With Boys
Youth Day at Flame Con will also feature a screening of the gay coming-of-age anime Arrival, and a Q&A with actors from the teen horror web series Or So The Story Goes.
About Geeks Out: Geeks OUT rallies, empowers and promotes the queer geek community. Ours is a diverse and growing culture made up of enthusiastic fans of all ages, colors, genders, sizes, and nationalities. Through regular events and a dynamic social media and online presence, Geeks OUT seeks to facilitate interaction locally, globally, and virtually, both to celebrate our shared geekiness and to focus and promote our own unique LGBT voice within that community. Queer culture adds boldness, breadth, and an outsider edge to geek culture. Geeks OUT celebrates our contribution to the larger pop culture conversation by promoting queer and queer-positive artists, creators, and works; by calling out and combating homophobia and lack of diversity in geek culture; and balancing a queer viewpoint on mainstream geekery with a geeky view of the LGBT world. Geeks OUT aims to offer and maintain a visible and vivacious queer presence at geek events, fostering inclusivity and openness within our community. By hosting a booth at conventions, we highlight the fact that LGBT fans are an integral part of geek culture, encouraging greater participation and representation for this generation of queer fans and the next. Keep it fun, kids. Central to our mission is the free and un-cynical enjoyment of geek culture. While dedicated to our community, we stand united in fandom. Celebrating and promoting the LGBT fans within geek culture strengthens and enriches that culture for all. For more information, visit GeeksOut.org
About the Ali Forney Center: The Ali Forney Center (AFC) was started in June of 2002 in response to the lack of safe shelter for LGBT youth in New York City. The Center is committed to providing these young people with safe, dignified, nurturing environments where their needs can be met, and where they can begin to put their lives back together. AFC is dedicated to promoting awareness of the plight of homeless LGBT youth in the United States with the goal of generating responses on local and national levels from government funders, foundations, and the LGBT community. For more information, go to: www.aliforneycenter.org
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