A new convention is being planned with an eye towards inclusiveness titled Universal Fan Con. Organized by Black Girl Nerds' Jamie Broadnax and The Black Geeks' Robert Butler, Universal Fan Con is scheduled for April 27 - 29, 2018 at the Baltimore Convention Center and is described as "the first multi-fandom con dedicated to inclusion, highlighting women, LGBTQ, the disabled and persons of color."
"Universal Fan Con grew out of the idea that a Con should be a space where everyone can see themselves represented in the genres that they love," said convention organizers. "From the panels, to the celebrity guests and activities, all the way down to the parties, we believe that the Con experience should be a celebration of the differences that make us strong. In this time of political divisiveness rooted in fear, Universal Fan Con is here to celebrate the power of inclusion and representation."
With an ambitious goal of 10,000 attendees for its first event, Universal Fan Con is currently seeking $25,000 in capital via Kickstarter.
"Our goal is bring together at least 10,000 of our closest geek friends from all over the nation to have fun and celebrate geekdom in a place where all are welcome. The world of fandom is one in which personal identity plays a pivotal role. From cosplay to live action role play (LARP), identities of race, gender, and sexual orientation contrast with identities of genre, era, medium and myth."