From the cosmic love stories of Sailor Moon to the trans representation of Wandering Son, the global popularity of Japanese animation, comic and gaming culture, has clearly grown an extensive fanbase within LGBTQ communities worldwide. With this extensive growth globally, it has become paramount that more safe spaces are offered where all anime fans (including LGBTQ otakus) can safely celebrate their love for this phenomenal Japanese art form.
One of these inclusive celebratory spaces, is the Detroit based anime convention better known as Youmacon. For over 11 years, Youmacon has hosted one of the most dynamic and diverse anime conventions within the United States. Now centered in the heart of Downtown Detroit, Youmacon offers four full days of uniting fans of Japanese anime culture, from all walks of life.
The team behind Youmacon have also been deeply invested in providing discussion panels within Youmacon, where LGBTQ anime fans can safely share their own perspectives, surrounding this boundless art form. One of the premier 2016 Youmacon panels, that truly highlighted this aspect, was easily The Super-Duper Chill LGBTQ+/SAGA Panel, which is hosted by the artist and LGBTQ+/SAGA activist Kieran Strange. The LGBT Update actually had the honor of interviewing Kieran during Youmacon 2016, who delightfully shared his love for this Detroit based anime convention and why LGBTQ+ safe spaces are so paramount within geek culture. Check out our full interview with Kieran Strange below and get more info on upcoming Youmacon celebrations on their official website.