Con or Bust: Raising money in the name of diversity

You never forget your first… Con.

The colors, the costumes, the crowds, the overwhelming feeling of “I just stepped into a room with 10,000 people who are all obsessed with their own corner of (un)Pop Culture and… it’s… AWESOME!” To be honest, I feel that way every year. But fandoms don’t come cheap, I know. And the events, known for their “Come one, come all” attitude, have also struggled to break away from the pale-boys-in-the-basement stereotype.

So in the spirit of inclusion we have Con or Bust, a non-profit dedicated to sending nerds of color (NOC is my preferred term, thanks) to their Con of choice. Want to support the cause? Submit an item for auction or place a bid on something precious between Feb. 10th-23rd. Current hot items include an Edward James Olmos autographed hand fan (Frak, yeah!) and a short story critique by a published SF/F author (generous, creative geeks abound!).

Need help attending your Con? Last year Con or Bust raised over $10,000, sending 15 people to events all over the US and abroad and they hope to top that this year. Request assistance and make your diversity dreams come true!

on February 6, 2014

Nicole Gitau is a bisexual (!)... pansexual (!)... queer (!) woman of color and the President of Geeks OUT