NYCC2018 was not my first comic con. I have been going for the past 4 years, and each time it has been a fun weekend. It’s one of the few places where being a transgender woman of color, or just being a transgender person in general does not matter at all. There is so much going on with cosplay all over the place that the crazy outshines you (that’s crazy in a good way). No one is spending time giving you looks over your gender or how you are presenting as it all about the cosplay.
I find myself not being as guarded as I normally would be when I am in a public place and it is a refreshing feeling, but that’s not why I go every year. I go because I am a fan. I am a geek, and every year when I first walk into the Javits Center for the first day of the event on Thursday morning, I think to myself about how I am one with these people. Even before I embraced my true identity, I knew my seat at the geek round table was already in place.
> "THERE IS A LARGE LGBTQ+ PRESENCE AT THE EVENT, AND MORE TRANSGENDER PEOPLE ARE ATTENDING EVERY YEAR."
NYCC is more than just a convention. It is also a great opportunity to meet new people and share Ideas. There is a large LGBTQ+ presence at the event, and more transgender people are attending every year. In the last few years, there has been more discussion about LGBTQ+ representation in media and there are more LGBTQ+ panels taking place.
This is our time. Yes I know there are dark forces in Washington that are working at warp speed against us, and there are big parts of this country where the 1960’s and MLK’s “I Have a Dream” has had no effect, but there is a diverse group of talented people, creators, who are already out there and we need to support them and travel the path that they started as future creators ourselves. How else are we going to change our footprint in media? How to we change the narrative when it comes to our community? It is up to us to make it happen, and we have the talent to do it.
This is why in my view, NYCC is more than a convention. First, it’s a great feeling to see transgender people participating and speaking on the panels. I was able to attend a few of the LGBT+ panels that were being held and they were all interesting. I was also able to meet new people and learn about some of the new talents in the industry whose work I will be seeking out and reading. I was also able to meet one of these new talents in person. Second, and for the first time, there was an official LGBTQ+ after party hosted by LGBTHQ. It was a great chance to meet not only other fans, but also industry pros in a safe place. Though I wouldn’t go as far as saying there was equal representation for our community at this year’s event, it did seem like it was only a matter of time before there was.
With all that being said, comic con is just an amazingly fun time where you can enjoy yourself. NYCC is an opening to a world where anything can happen. Where it does not matter who you are or where you come from. We are all fans. It’s also a great event to experience.