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I had a great time at GeekGirlCon in downtown Seattle this weekend, and took a bunch of pics for your viewing pleasure!

DSC01897If you’ve never been to GeekGirlCon, I highly recommend attending. Especially since it’s growing: Passes were sold out with tons of programing and extended hours. Obviously, it’s not just for girls (it is pretty much only for geeks, though) so if you have anything you’re geeky about, you’re sure to find “your people” at this convention.

That’s the thing I appreciate most about GGC: It’s all-inclusive. People of all ages (it’s a GREAT place to take your little one), ethnicities, genders and orientations are welcome. In fact, above all else, it seems to me that acceptance is the main focus of GeekGirlCon. This is apparent from the curated panels to types of vendors and artists on display.

The trend I noticed right away was all the gender-bending cosplay, this went both ways, there was a fantastic male Aeris (from FF7) and a ferocious female Sabretooth (from X-Men) just to name a few. I find this extremely comforting as we move forward toward equality in all spheres. It’s no lie that the geek realms (i.e. gaming and comicbooks) have felt great disparity over the years. However, the classic nerd stereotype is changing as more women, LGBT folks and people of color step forward and claim their space in Nerd-dom. We are demanding that the media we love so dearly reflect its fanbase — that there are more stories to tell than that of the white, male hero.

Conventions like Geek Girl Con are helping to shed light on that diverse fanbase and broaden our minds, and that’s something I think everyone can benefit from.

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