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Saturday, October 1 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
When Fandom Ain't Fun - A frank talk by QPOC

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Queer fans of color are often left out, pushed out and talked over in our chosen fandoms. A lot of times the discourse becomes more about hurt feelings than actually listening to those affected by the racism and racist actions.

Moderators
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Tanya DePass

Founder/Director, I Need Diverse Games
Tanya DePass is the founder and Director of I Need Diverse Games, a not-for-profit foundation based in Chicago, that is dedicated to better diversification of all aspects of gaming. She is a lifelong Chicagoan who loves everything about gaming, #INeedDiverseGames spawn point, and wants to make it better and more inclusive for everyone. She’s the Founder and EIC of @OutofTokensCast, the Diversity Liaison for GaymerX and often speaks on issues... Read More →

Speakers
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Bianca Anderson

Independent Media Critic and Diversity Advocate
Bianca Anderson is a long time gamer, amateur media critic, and salty black lady. She spent six years working in recruiting and user experience for Electronic Arts, before leaving to work on personal projects. Her focus and interest is in promoting PoC in gaming, and supporting intersectional feminism in the gaming industry and gaming culture. She loves diverse video games, (some) comic books, and yelling on the internet. She would really... Read More →
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Katherine Cross

Gamasutra
Katherine Cross is a gaming critic, sociologist, and feminist scholar who studies virtual worlds, particularly gender and the dynamics of online harassment. Her academic work has been published in Women's Studies Quarterly and in Loading: The Journal of the Canadian Games Studies Association. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, Rolling Stone, Wired, Time, Boing Boing, Polygon, and numerous other outlets. She is also a weekly columnist at... Read More →
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Royel "Rokashi" Edwards

Narrative Designer/Developer, Rokashi Games
Rokashi is a weird guy who is really awkward, but takes diversity and inclusion seriously. He has published the first chapter of his game I'm Fine, and working on expanding the game. He has written for Gizmodo, Polygon and The National Post. He loves Sonic the Hedgehog, but is content that he'll never be *that* fast.
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DJ Kirkland

Comic Book Artist, OniPress
I'm the artist on the upcoming monthly comic series 'BLACK MAGE' published by OniPress. I work in Social Media and Community Management in the gaming industry as well!


Saturday October 1, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Panels Room B