Geeks OUT,an LGBTQ non-profit dedicated to rallying, empowering and promoting the queer geek community, announces its 2018-2019 Board Members and appointing of Nicole Gitau as the organization’s first female president.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to help lead the organization that has given so much to me. I joined Geeks OUT as a blogger, six years ago in search of a queer and geeky community. What I found instead was a family,” said Gitau. “Geeks OUT has grown tremendously since I’ve joined. I’m confident in the board that’s been put into place to tackle everyone our 2018 to-do list and I hope our excitement encourages others to join us as we slay!”
In addition to her work as a blogger, Gitau previous served as Vice President to Geeks OUT. Stepping into the role of Vice President for the upcoming term will be Steve Gianaca, who also serves as Chair to Flame Con, the world’s largest LGBTQ comic convention hosted by Geeks OUT.
In total, 10 individuals were installed on the 2018-2019 Geeks OUT Board of Directors:
· President Nicole Gitau
· Vice President Steve Gianaca
· Board Member Zobel Belisario
· Board Member Kevin Gilligan
· Board Member Rachel Greeman
· Board Member John Jennison
· Board Member Mary Martinez
· Board Member Kyle-Steven Porter
· Board Member Jon Shutt
· Board Member Joey Stern
Co-founded by Josh Siegel and Joey Stern in 2010, the non-profit was created with the goal of bringing a positive queer presence to local comic conventions. Since then Geeks OUT has grown to become an internationally recognized community. in addition to hosting chapter events across the country and holding NYC-based, Flame Con.
With Geeks OUT’s growing presence, the organization is excited to announce their presence at comic cons across the nation including:
· Emerald City Comic Con – Seattle, WA
· Awesome Con – Washington D.C.
· PAX East – Boston, MA
· C2E2 – Chicago, IL
· Heroes Con – Charlotte, NC
· Flame Con – New York City, NY
· PAX West – Seattle, WA
· New York City Comic Con – New York City, NY