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Queer sci-fi convention returns to Atlanta this weekend


Outlantacon, Atlanta's queer sci-fi and fantasy convention, returns to Atlanta's this weekend with three days of gay geeky events.

The con, held at the Atlanta Marriott Century Center, officially kicks off Friday afternoon.

Edward DeGruy, an organizer with Outlantacon, said today that attendees have been waiting all week for the con to kick off.

“It kind of kicks off socially tonight,” DeGruy said. “The official kickoff will be tomorrow at 3 p.m. but we've had people here since Tuesday.”

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Outlantacon offers three days of sci-fi fun

Comic artist Joe Phillips

Five years in and Atlanta’s queer sci-fi convention continues to grow as Outlantacon welcomes the gay and geeky over the first weekend in May.

What started out as one day of gaming has grown into an intimate, three-day convention that’s similar to Atlanta’s bigger geekfest Dragon*Con, but focuses on gay stories, themes, actors and creators. This year’s convention will run May 4-6 at the Holiday Inn on Chamblee-Dunwoody Road.

Headlining guests include artist Joe Phillips, author Lee Martindale and local personalities like Java from “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at the Plaza Theater and the director and actors behind a locally produced Uncanny X-Man fan series.

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Kris Harter on Dr. Who vs. Capt. Picard, LGBT characters in sci-fi, and Alabama football

Kris Harter of OutlantaCon

Kris Harter is the registration chair and public relations committee member for OutlantaCon, which hosts Gaylaxicon, the annual national LGBT sci-fi convention, in Atlanta May 13-15.

Special guests for Gaylaxicon include Amber Benson of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” fame and Melissa Carter, recently retired lesbian DJ for Q100’s the Bert Show.

As a bisexual woman, Harter, 39, of Chamblee, says she finds friendship and camaraderie in working and playing with those interested in science fiction, fantasy, horror and super heroes.