Tabletop Gaymers Inc. is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to address homophobia in the tabletop gaming community by providing educational, social, and networking opportunities for LGBTQ+ (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer) “gaymers” and allies.
About Our Programs
Tabletop Gaymers has a variety of programs in support of our mission.
GAYMER and ALLY Badge Ribbons – Attendees at gaming conventions and events are provided badge ribbons, buttons, and/or wristbands to self-identify as gaymers or allies. The material is worn to raise awareness, enhance the social environment, promote open and honest discussions, build a community, and provide opportunities for networking.
Queer as a Three-Side Die – Panel series featuring industry leaders talking about various queer aspects of the gaming industry. Panelists share experiences and lead discussions on gender, sexuality, and general diversity topics in gaming from design and publishing to game-play and community.
Gaymer Gatherings – Social events and activities held for gaymers and their allies. The purpose of the events are to provide a safe space for attendees to network, make friends, and share experiences.
Gayme Night – Tabletop Gaymers assists LGBTQ+ Community Centers by donating board games and providing “Gayme Masters” to teach the games. We work with the centers to help establish a recurring event where their patrons have the opportunity to learn and experience these games, socialize, network, and make new friends.
Tabletop Gaymers arose from a Yahoo Group called “Gaymers” where friends shared stories and information, networked, and planned get-togethers at conventions like GenCon. In Aug 2011, the first Queer as a Three-Sided Die panel occurred at Gen Con. In May 2013, Tabletop Gaymers Inc. was formed as a nonprofit, and later recognized as a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit.
The organization is managed by a Board of Directors who is responsible for all programming, accounting, and fundraising. The board has regular monthly meetings and an annual meeting each fall. The following individuals currently serve on the board.
- Jeff Sorensen, Ames IA (President)
- Zach Lones, Seattle WA (Secretary)
- Justin Nauman, Ames IA (Treasurer)
- Victor Raymond, Madison WI
- Brenda Havens, Indianapolis IN
A number of key individuals are responsible for helping set up events, coordinating with local businesses, and distributing badge ribbons. If you would like to help, complete our volunteer registration form.
Tabletop Gaymers Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and relies on the charity of our donors. Numerous individuals and companies have provided donations, in-kind donations, and support in the past. For a complete list, please visit our Sponsors page. If you would like to become a sponsor, please do so by giving a donation.
Tabletop Gaymers welcomes everyone to participate in our programs and activities. We do not discriminate and we prohibit discrimination against and harassment of any participants on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression (including a transgender identity), race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion or religious creed, disability or handicap, sex or gender, military or veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law.
Tabletop Gaymers Inc. is a nonprofit organization incorporated and registered in the State of Iowa. Our incorporation was effective 13 May 2015. The address for our organization is 924 6th St., Ames, Iowa 50010. Our EIN (Employer Identification Number) is 47-4190614. We are exempt from federal income tax under IRS Code Section 501(c)(3) of Title 26 of the United States Code. We are recognized as a public charity by the IRS as described in IRC 170(b)(1)(A)(vi); meaning that we normally receive a substantial part of our support from direct or indirect contributions from the general public. We are a nonpartisan organization.
“Tabletop Gaymers” is a registered trademark ® of Tabletop Gaymers Inc. We claim trademarks and copyright on all of our material, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. For a complete list of trademarks, please review our Copyright and Trademark Notice. Please note that we make no claims on the term “gaymer” as it is recognized as being part of the common lexicon.