At Salt Lake Comic Con 2017 over the weekend, panelists Kaitlyn Booth, Lucas Fowler, CB Lee, Adam McDonald, Zane Riley, and M. Brooke Wilkins discussed embracing LGBTQIA+ inclusivity in geek culture.
Just as there are nearly an infinite number of colors in the rainbow, so too is there massive diversity among us in the LGBTQIA community. The most important thing to remember is that our strength comes from our differences, and we need to branch out, learn from and celebrate what makes us so unique. This panel includes people from across the LGBTQIA spectrum and looks to explain how the people and passions we love can unite and empower our community from within.
When it comes to important panels at Salt Lake Comic Con, this is probably one of the most. In a state with a large LBGTQIA+ population and a frighteningly high teen suicide rate, this panel has become a place for these vulnerable geeks to come and feel like they aren't alone.
We talk about representation within the community and about how we would like creators to address bringing more sexual diversity to media. We answer some audience Q&As, including whether or not it's OK to "read" a character as any particular sexuality if not explicitly expressed.