Awesome Con returns to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for its fifth consecutive year on Friday, March 30-Sunday, April 1. Awesome Con founder Ben Penrod, a self-proclaimed “Big nerd,” never expected his passion project to become the largest geek event in the D.C. area. The first Awesome Con kicked off in 2013 at the Convention Center with an attendance of 7,000 people. As for LGBT-specific content, Awesome Con has joined forces with Geeks Out, a non-profit organization based in New York City for the LGBT geek community. “The Queer Gamer Meetup: with D.C. Gaymers” offers a place for LGBT people to meet and play video games on Friday, March 30 at 5:30 p.m. “GAAAYS IN SPAAACE,” is a panel on LGBT representation in “Star Trek” on Saturday, March 31 at 12:30 p.m. “Slash of Our Ancestors,” a panel on the history of same-sex fan fiction, takes place on Sunday, April 1 at 2:15 p.m. Geeks Out will be hosting Snikt: D.C., the official queer after party of Awesome Con, at the Dew Drop Inn D.C. on Friday, March 30 at 9 p.m. It also wouldn’t be a convention without cosplay. Geeks OUT President Nicole Gitau praises Awesome Con for giving the LGBT community a home at the con. Penrod says Awesome Con needed Pride Alley because LGBT fans were already engaged in the convention.

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