Queering Comic-Con: A Guide to LGBT Panels & Events



Like a beacon to comic and pop culture-lovers everywhere, Comic-Con is drawing throngs of people to San Diego.

So many people attend Comic-Con, the world’s largest comic convention, that tickets got snapped up within an hour and a half of going on sale in March. (And don’t even ask what San Diego hotel rooms are going for!)

For LGBT geeks lucky enough to get in to the convention, which begins tonight and runs through Sunday, there are plenty of LGBT-oriented panels and events to check out. Prism Comics, a nonprofit that supports LGBT comics, creators and readers, rounded up the most LGBT-relevant content (including many events in which Prism plays a part) in its “Gay Agenda.”

Highlights include:

Thursday, July 24

  • 5-6 p.m. – Breaking Barriers: Transgender Trends in Popular Culture (Room 28DE)
  • 6-7 p.m. – LGBT Geek Year in Review (Room 28DE)

Friday, July 25

  • 2-3 p.m. – LGBT Comics for Young Readers (Room 28DE)
  • 5-6 p.m. – We Are Husbands and You Can Too! (Room 23ABC)
  • 7-8 p.m. – Queer Horror (Room 28DE)
  • 7-9 p.m. – House of Styles Comic-Con Drag Show (Numbers, 2811 Park Blvd.)

Saturday, July 26

  • 10 a.m.-noon- Comics Arts Conference Session #9: Queering Comics (Room 26AB)
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m.- The Whedonverse (Room 24ABC)
  • 5:30-7 p.m.- Gays in Comics XXVII: It’s a Queer, Queer World (Room 6A)

Sunday, July 27

  • 3-4 p.m. – End Bullying! Responding to Cruelty in Our Culture

If you couldn’t get tickets or you prefer your cons a little less crowded, you can find a pop culture convention closer to home this fall: Stan Lee’s Comikaze is Halloween weekend and the LGBT convention Bent-Con is November 7-9.

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