Black in Gaming (BIG) seeks to create a standard normalization of black cultural identification through the increase from 2% to 5% of the black community in the game industry through education, outreach, representation, and entrepreneurial initiatives over the next 5 years. #BIG5IN5
What is PAX Together?
PAX Together is a curated selection of games and groups meant to celebrate a wide range of backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences within gaming, especially from marginalized or minority groups. Whether you're here to meet old friends or find new faves, we aim to have something for everybody.
2020 Organization Index
- Black in Gaming
- Boston Gaymers
- Game to Grow
- Geeks OUT
- Guardians MH
- Latinx in Gaming
- Melbourne Gaymers
- Minus 18
- Northwest Press
- PAX Pokémon League
- Phoenix Gaymers, Inc.
- PMS Clan
- Queer Geek!
- Queerly Represent Me
- Qweerty Gamers
- The Center for Suicide Awareness
- The Games and Online Harassment Hotline
- The Lab
- Trans Lifeline
- Uplift - Online Communities Against Sexual Violence
- Xbox Ambassadors Program
Boston Gaymers is a social group for LGBTQIA+ gamers in the Greater Boston area to help find and make new friends in a safe and welcoming environment. We have a thriving gaymer community, most active on our Discord server. We also hold various in-person and virtual events each month to bring together our members and have fun!
Game to Grow is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the use of games of all kinds for therapeutic, educational, and community growth. Our therapeutic social groups, offered worldwide, help participants become more confident, creative, and socially capable using games such as Dungeons and Dragons, Minecraft, and Magic: The Gathering. Though no diagnosis is required, many group members participate to address social challenges related to autism, ADHD, anxiety, or depression. Groups help them build social skills, reduce isolation, and develop lasting meaningful friendships. We also provide training, consultation, and support to other therapeutic and gaming professionals, educators, parents, and advocates, so that even more individuals can benefit from the life-enriching power of intentional gaming. Mental health practitioners can join our level one training in early October!
GaymerX is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to celebrating and supporting LGBTQ+ people and culture in the world of gaming, with a focus on video games.
Geeks OUT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that seeks to rally, promote, and empower the queer geek community. We do so by organizing events, attending conventions, coordinating queer spaces at other events, launching advocacy campaigns, and producing Flame Con – the world’s largest LGBTQ comics and pop culture convention. Geeks OUT has been managing the Diversity Lounge at all of the US based PAX events since 2018. This October, they’ll be celebrating Queer History Month with a special livestream dinner party reading of their handbook, Serving Pride.
Started in 2016, Guardians MH is a 501c3 non-profit that has the goal of promoting mental awareness and providing meaningful resources throughout the gaming community, we also act as a first step assisting individuals with gathering meaningful resources in a safe and inclusive atmosphere. We utilize multiple avenues such as a peer-support network on Discord, a bi-weekly podcast discussing mental health and gaming, creation of on-demand mental health/crisis resources bot called the RTS Bot for short (available on Twitch and Discord) and recently, the launch of our Mental Health kit program. These kits are curated boxes of resources and sensory items for gamers before, during and after gaming sessions, available for free. Request a free mental health kit.
Latinx in Gaming serves as a platform to connect with Latinos across the gaming industry, promote cultural appreciation, representation in games/game-related content, and provide a platform for the Latinx community to elevate each other and themselves.
Melbourne Gaymers is an all-inclusive community for queer geeks and gamers, friends and allies in Melbourne. Everyone is welcome, regardless of sexuality or gender. We hold meetups on a regular basis, in the city and around Melbourne. We’re one of the few places where both gayness and geekiness are not only welcome, but encouraged. Find us online at www.melbournegaymers.org with links to Facebook, Discord and our other online channels. Whoever you are, however you game.
The Minus18 Foundation is Australia’s youth driven charity for LGBTQIA+ youth. For over 21 years, Minus18 has been running high impact LGBTQIA+ events (such as the Queer Formal), workshops and campaigns to create peer-support, inclusive spaces and celebrate diversity across Australia.
Northwest Press publishes comics collections and graphic novels, and the occasional prose project, that explore the LGBTQ experience across genres and styles. Our focus is working with new voices who want to tell stories that are honest and distinctive, and may not have a home elsewhere.
The PAX Pokemon League is a fan-run unofficial alternate reality game that is played at every PAX. We always try to maintain a friendly, casual space to enjoy playing Pokemon together for everyone!
To overcome the isolation and inequality that challenge a healthy, united, and empowered LGBTQ+ community through shared acts of service, charity, and education by forging new and strengthened friendships between LGBTQ+ individuals and groups through a shared love of gaming.
PMS Clan is a video game community committed to breaking down walls, stereotypes, and boundaries for female gamers by providing a pro-women environment, fostering competitive spirit, and building an inclusive support network for women and our allies. Our mission is to bring together, re-energize and continue to build our community to help increase growth and opportunities for competitive women players.
Queer Geek!, the producers of the world famous Pink Party, the premier queer geek event during PAX West, explores and celebrates all facets of geek culture, helps to build a thriving community locally and nationally, and combats homophobia, transphobia, and misogyny, while promoting diversity and acceptance in geek culture. We embrace all aspects of geek culture whether it’s gaming, comic books, anime, or SF/ fantasy/horror literature, TV, and films.
Queerly Represent Me is a research organisation and consultancy agency who connects with creators, event organisers, and workplaces to improve their representation and company culture. We are one of the largest queer-focused diversity organisations in the games industry, but we also work across many disciplines and industries. Queerly Represent Me was founded to give voice to the queer community; however, we also pride ourselves on our intersectional approach to consultancy on diversity and inclusion. We understand that a rising tide lifts all boats, and we are working to actively improve games—and the industry that makes them—for all marginalised people.
Qweerty Gamers is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that champions the inclusion and visibility of LGBTQ Gamers into the broader gaming world. Qweerty Gamers provides a safe platform for both developers and LGBTQ Gamers to connect and learn from each other. We offer developers access to the unique perspectives of dedicated LGBTQ Gamers, consultations on queer representation, focus groups on game development, as well as programs and workshops to develop skills and prepare LGBTQ Gamers for careers within the industry. Whether you’re just a fan of games or work in the industry, at its core, Qweerty puts Gaming First.
The Center for Suicide Awareness is a non-profit organization who provides education, support, and awareness for suicide prevention and mental health. Our vision is compassion, readily accessible, barrier free, and sustained support for any individual or entity in need, while free of any mental health stigma. We are dedicated to our gaming community and strive to make an impact regarding the amazing players! You are loved, and you are important, remember, you are not alone.
The Games and Online Harassment Hotline is a free, text message-based, confidential emotional support hotline for anyone who makes or plays games. Text SUPPORT to 23368 to get started. We’re open 4-7pm (Pacific Time) every Monday through Friday (USA Only).
The Lab is a network of social and technology clubs for young people with autism who enjoy gaming, coding and other technologies. With over 30 venues around Australia The Lab sessions aim to provide a supportive environment where they can share their passion for games with their friends while they also develop new skills. During the period of Covid-19 social isolation when face to face venues have been unable to operate The Lab has moved online with up to 10 online video sessions a week. In our video presentation participants talk about the projects that they are developing specifically to share at PAX and about their experiences at The Lab.
Trans Lifeline is a trans-led organization that connects trans people to the community, support, and resources they need to survive and thrive. Our peer support and crisis Hotline is the only service of it’s kind staffed entirely by trans operators and it is the only Hotline that’s accessible to trans Spanish speakers. Our Microgrants program gives trans people money to update their IDs and provides specialized support for trans people who are incarcerated, detained by ICE, or in the immigration process.
Uplift is dedicated to combating sexual abuse in fandom spaces through education and advocacy. We work to ensure that these communities are safe for the millions of people who connect through them.
Xbox Ambassadors are gamers who make a positive impact in the gaming industry, make gaming fun for everyone, and contribute to a welcoming online community. Ambassadors go above and beyond to make Xbox welcoming, fun, safe, and inclusive for everyone. Whether they are welcoming an Xbox newbie, or sharing Xbox knowledge with fellow gamers, or playing games with others online Ambassadors represent what gaming is all about, community.