FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TEXAS’ ONLY LGBTQ+ AND ALLIED GEEK CONVENTION OFFERS WELCOME ENVIRONMENT FOR ALL.
During a time of political uncertainty, HavenCon provides a welcoming environment for all while looking back during “That’s So Retro”.
HavenCon 3, set April 28th – 30th in Austin, Texas brings a wide range of guests, events, vendors, and a community together to discuss all things geek and LGBTQ+ during it’s 3rd year event, now located at the Double Tree Hilton North Austin.
HavenCon 3 welcomes multiple new guests including: Denise Crosby of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Claudia Christian of Babylon 5, and Paul Amos of Lost Girl.
In addition to new celebrity guests, HavenCon 3 is also featuring a large selection of local and national creators.
- Comic book artist Phil Jimenez known for his work on Wonder Woman and The X-men franchises
- Comedian Cody Melcher
- Tran Cosplayer Alexa Heart
- Lead Editor of Bioware Karin Weekes
- Writer Barbara Ann Wright
There are plenty ore with a full list located at http://www.havencontx.com/g
HavenCon is also partnering with multiple non-profit organizations and will have quite a few at the event to talk about what they do for the various communities they are involved in. These organizations include:
- HavenCon 3 Beneficiary OutYouth.org
- Girls Make Games
- Extra Life
- Women In Games International
- Geeks of Color
- The Rough Trade Gaming Community
More information at http://www.havencontx.com/h
Events and Activities:
HavenCon 3 will have over 60 hours of panels presented by members of the community. Panel discussions range on topics from Queer Villainy: A Step Forward or Back to Bi/Pan Visibility and The Queer Black Experience. The panels allow for meaningful conversations between the panelists and the community at large.
For the gamers (or gaymers), there will be the Pulse Play Space, an arcade style game room featuring various video games and will include 3 Virtual Reality gaming set ups provided by Phaser Lock Inc. The Pulse Play Space is dedicated to the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando with HavenCon having donated $1,000 to the victim relief fund.
HavenCon and Dragon’s Lair will also be providing a large Table Top Lounge this year with a wide selection of games provided by Dragon’s Lair Toys and games.
HavenCon will also be hosting it’s first annual Grand Illusionist Pageant bringing 6 of the best Cosplay Performers to the stage to compete for the title, crown, AND CASH.
Other events lined up for HavenCon 3:
- Live musical guest SIGNY
- Grand Illusionist Pageant
- Rocky Horror Sing-a-long
- VIP Cartoon And Cereal Pajama Party
- VIP GLBT Mixer
- Saturday Night VIP Dinner and Show ft. Comedian Cody Melcher
- Saturday Night Retro Dance ft. DJ Dee Fragment, DJ Zaine, and DJ Edgewise (open to all 18+).
- Celebrity Artemis Fundraiser benefiting OutYouth.org sponsorsed by Finji.co
Players can buy special VIP passes to join HavenCon’s celebrity guests as they play Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator. Ticket profits are split 50/50 and all funds raised on site will go to OutYouth.
Those wishing to sponsor a celebrity guest can find more information at https://register.growtix.co
A full (though in progress) schedule of all panels and events can be found at https://havencon3.sched.com
Shane Brown of HavenCon writes:
“HavenCon 3 is going to be our biggest and best yet. We have worked hard to create an event that everyone, LGBTQ+ or ally, will feel included. We know there is a lot going on in the world right now, and we want everyone to feel as though they have a place to go to escape the chaos, even if just for a few days. The new hotel is amazing, the guests are great, and we look forward to having everyone in for what is sure to be a great time.”
Want to help HavenCon grow? Join their Thunderclap at: https://www.thunderclap.it
Those who pre-register before March 1st will be entered to win a Moto 360 smart watch.
HavenCon is the first all-inclusive geek and gaming convention in Texas to focus on the LGBTQ+ and Ally communities.
It is an event people of all ages from all over can attend to enjoy their favorite fandom without the fear of judgment or harassment for simply being themselves.
Various artists, vendors, creators, and developers can come to show their support for the community or to raise awareness for an LGBTQ-focused project of their own.
HavenCon also provides a forum for discussions people feel passionately talking about in a safe and friendly manner such as: how to be a better ally to the LGBTQ+ community, diversity in game development, writing in and for the LGBTQ+ community, and many others.
HavenCon does not drive an agenda. Rather, it focuses on bringing people of various communities and fandoms together to be themselves and have fun.
For tickets and more information visit HavenConTx.com