Phoenix Gaymers provides a safe space for those in the LGBTQ+ community to come together through shared acts of service, charity, and education to socialize and learn new skills (such as strategic thinking, planning and collaboration).
We plan to use the money we fundraise to expand our programming while keeping our events accessible to everyone no matter their economic status. The Gaymers will also collaborate with local organizations and non-profits to provide the opportunity to learn about gaming and the educational benefits is provides.
To assist us with our plans we will use the some of the
money raised to open up a small office as well as rent room space to hold our monthly gaming party and quarterly discussion group.
The Phoenix Gaymers aspire to create a lasting impact in our LGBTQ community. Through partnerships with great organizations like Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS and Cognosante, we are able to provide FREE HIV testing for our members during select events and assist members with navigating the healthcare signup process.
Through our special Power-Up events, we have been able to assist other organizations in meeting their needs. Such as collecting toys for Logan’s Playground, which offers programming for children affected or infected by HIV. We collected and donated gently used clothing for Rebel & Divine UCC’s “I Have a Dream” clothing boutique, which is a trans focused space where LGBTQAI youth and young adults can “shop” for gently used and/or new clothing and shoes. We collected hygiene products for Joshua Tree, which provides nourishment to low-income HIV+ residents of Maricopa County. We also gathered back to school supplies for Tumbleweed, who offers resources and emergency housing, education, life skills, job placement and more for homeless and vulnerable youth in Maricopa County. Our most recent event was a co-fundraiser with Terros to help support Aunt Rita’s Foundation, which helps to provide more than $1.5 million to 16 local HIV/AIDS Service Agencies.
The Phoenix Gaymers have also worked to educate not only our own members, but the community at large through various workshops, panels and The Diversity Lounge at a local Comic con. Through our PvE workshops, we have discussed topics like: Trans representation in Video Games and Pop Culture, Women and Gender in Gaming, LGBT Representation in Games. Through various panels at Phoenix Comicon, we have led educational discussions, such as: Moving Past Stereotypes: Exploring Queer Identities through