According to Miriam-Webster, a geek is defined as a carnival performer often billed as a wild man whose act usually includes biting the head off a live chicken or snake (that means Ozzy Osbourne was a geek). Then there’s the more common definition, which is a person often of an intellectual bent who is disliked; an enthusiast or expert especially in a technological field or activity.
M-W is not so kind to nerds either, defining a nerd as an unstylish, unattractive, or socially inept person; especially: one slavishly devoted to intellectual or academic pursuits.
The way I always understood it, a geek is someone who collects stuff and junk like comic books, baseball cards, etc, and a nerd is someone who collects intellectual data about stuff and junk. If collecting stuff and junk is geeky, then we’re all guilty of geekiness to a certain degree. I for one used to go to great lengths to collect Madonna on a cover of a magazine, but I SWORE that shit was cool.
Whatever you may think about geeks and nerds, one thing is agreed: It doesn’t get geekier or nerdier than playing video games and attending gaming conventions where people dress up as gaming or comic book characters. Geeks and nerds everywhere are giving Miriam-Webster the middle finger and owning all things geeky and nerdy. Gamers are not only embracing their outer geek, but they’re also leaving the virtual world to meet like-minded geeks–however, it’s one thing to be a geeky gamer, but it’s an entirely different thing to be a gay geek gaymer. I reckon it sucks when you don’t feel accepted by hetero geeks for being gay, or by the some pockets of the gay community because you’re a geek.
Along comes GaymerX, the first gaming convention for gay geeks, nerds, freaks and their admirers. I interviewed Matt Conn, the founder for GaymerX for the most recent issue of The Fight Magazine, which you can read below. I find the gay geek element in gaming interesting–simply because the common ground goes beyond being gay; you can’t choose to be gay, but you can choose what games you play, how often you play and who you play with. You can also choose to play in drag, decked in leather, or in a bow tie, suspenders and polyester pants.
Anyway, read the interview. I know Matt is supposed to be a big geek, but dare I say that I found him kinda/sorta cool?