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Skip Ender’s Game Events November 1st

Geeks OUT Announces Six “Skip Ender’s Game” Events on November 1, 2013

New York, NY (September 25, 2013) Geeks OUT, the NYC-based nonprofit dedicated to rallying, empowering, and promoting the queer geek community is thrilled to announce the culmination of its year-long Skip Ender’s Game campaign, six separate events in cities across the United States on the film’s opening night, November 1, 2013, including New York, Orlando, Dallas, Chicago, Seattle, and San Francisco—with more to come!

Noted anti-gay activist and former board member of the National Organization for Marriage Orson Scott Card is a credited producer on Lions Gate Entertainment’s upcoming adaptation of Card’s most famous novel. In the recent past, Card has advocated for the criminalization of homosexuality as a method to regulate human sexual behavior, has called LGBT Americans sexual deviants whose homosexuality is the result of childhood sexual trauma, and alleges that gay marriage threatens the greater legitimacy of heterosexual marriage, as gays who marry try to emulate healthy straight unions out of fear or insecurity. Card has called for the violent overthrow of any elected government that would seek to extend marriage equality to all Americans and has compared President Obama to Adolf Hitler.

Geeks OUT’s pledge to Skip Ender’s Game in theaters as well as all parts of the movie’s merchandising has gained more than 10,000 signatures on MoveOn.org. As part of its mission to rally and empower the queer geek community, Geeks OUT is also hosting events in seven cities on the film’s opening night, to provide an alternative activity for all geeks of conscience to celebrate our community and our fandom in ways that do not financially contribute to Orson Scott Card’s anti-gay agenda.

The Skip Ender’s Game events hosted by Geeks OUT and allies across the country will be gathering places for members of the queer geek community and our friends and supporters. Proceeds from the majority of events will benefit local LGBT foundations and organizations in their respective cities.

Skip Ender’s Game – Chicago: Spin Nightclub, 800 W. Belmont, 7 PM–12 AM; dancing, drink specials, big-screen gaming, and a screening of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Skip Ender’s Game – Dallas: The Texas Theatre, 231 W. Jefferson Blvd, Dallas, doors open 7:30 PM followed by a screening of Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element at 9 PM; proceeds benefit The Resource Center Dallas’s new GLBT Youth Program

Skip Ender’s Game – New York: Bar-Tini Ultra Lounge, 642 Tenth Avenue, 7–10 PM; specialty cocktails and a screening of Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element; proceeds benefit the Tyler Clementi Foundation

Skip Ender’s Game – Orlando: The Geek Easy, 114 S. Samoran Blvd, Winter Park, 8–11 PM; karaoke, games, and drink specials, co-hosted by Flame ON!; proceeds benefit the MAP Foundation

Skip Ender’s Game – Seattle: Gay City-Calamus Auditorium, 517 E. Pike Street, Seattle, 7–10 PM; screening of The Gamers: Hands of Fate, proceeds benefiting Seattle’s Gay City Health Project

Skip Ender’s Game – San Francisco: The Lone Star Saloon, 1354 Harrison Street, San Francisco, 8–11:30 PM; futuristic spinning from DJ Badger and Jimmy Swear and a video tribute to Hikaru Sulu (George Takei), co-hosted by FANBOYSF

Visit SkipEndersGame.com and geeksout.org for further details of the Skip Ender’s Game campaign and all events, including in new cities.

Geeks OUT was founded in 2010 to rally, empower, and promote the queer geek community. We’re a NYC-based nonprofit with growing chapters in Chicago and Dallas, hosting monthly events in each city. Geeks OUT also appears regularly at conventions such as New York Comic-Con, Chicago’s C2E2, and San Francisco’s GaymerX, sponsoring the only booth dedicated to queer fans and our allies.

 

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