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Queer Ghost Hunters is, more than anything else, an exploration of LGBT history. Walking a tidy line between tongue-in-cheek and serious, filmmaker Stu Maddux follows a team of ghost hunters who call themselves the “Stonewall Columbus Queer Ghost Hunters.”

For those who believe in ghosts and spirits, the concept isn’t a joke. If ghosts are out there, queer ghosts are out there. And since LGBT people, historically, were more likely than the average to be mistreated, locked away, or murdered, their spirits would certainly have something to say.

They choose locations to scout by looking through the records of hospitals, asylums, and prisons for likely hauntings. So far, they’ve featured lesbian nuns, lynched immigrants, and young gay soldiers imprisoned for sodomy.

The ghost hunters, all of whom fall somewhere in the LGBT umbrella and range from 20 to 50 years old, say that they get contacted because they share something with the spirits.

Maddux says that the team uses a technique that he’s never seen before in any other paranormal show—they tell stories to the ghosts. Usually its a story about their own life, and contact comes when they ask if they have something in common with the ghost. Contacts are very non-confrontational, more like a ghost support group than a game of hide and seek.

Even if you’re a skeptic, this is a show that bounces easily between touching and hilarious. The focus is heavy on the personal stories of LGBT individuals, both living and deceased, and on the community between them. Also, they have a very cute dog.

Queer Ghost Hunters is currently a web-series hosted on Youtube, with a Kickstarter seeking pledges to keep them going through season 2. The season 1 finale aired on November 1, 2016.

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After Louie is another in the train of movies exploring the history and stories of the gay community as it stands today. Written by activist Vincent Gagliostro and actor Anthony Johnston, the movie aims to explore the disconnect between modern gay life and queer history through the character of Sam, a gay man struggling to understand where he and his community stand.

Alan Cummings has been cast to play Sam, a surprisingly big name for a project raising its funding via Kickstarter. Cummings has also donated personal artwork as incentives to help fuel the fundraising. The project is obviously personal for the bisexual actor, who currently lives in London with his husband, Grant Shaffer.

It is a passion work for writer Gagliostro, too. A lifelong gay rights activist, he was named a decade ago by New York Magazine as one of the six most influential members of the gay community during the AIDS crisis of the 80s and 90s. The character Sam is clearly a contemporary of his, a survivor of that same crisis, struggling to deal with the younger generation of the gay community.

“My film After Louie is a portrait of what happened to us — the generation who endured the AIDS epidemic, a generation whose shared history continues to haunt us,” said Gagliostro in his director’s statement on Kickstarter. “In confronting the end of a traumatic era and provoking a conversation between generations, I dare us to dream of a new and vibrant future, again.”

After Louie, if it raises the money it needs, will be a feature-length film. But as of the time of this writing, they are only ten percent of the way towards their goal. To support this project or just to learn more, click here.

The organizers of the GaymerX conference for LGBT games and developers have announced this is the conference’s last year, citing difficulty finding sponsors despite rapid growth.

“This decision was not made lightly,” says GaymerX in a blog post, “but one that was made after spending much time looking over numbers, and realizing that trying to create a mega-event of this size, and trying to grow it at the pace that we were trying to keep was becoming unsustainable.”

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GaymerX clarifies that while this is the end of its annual conferences for now, this does not spell the end of GaymerX events forever, and is “certainly not an end to the fight for equality in gaming.” Tickets to the GaymerX 2014 conference are still available and start at $70. The event will take place July 11-13 in San Francisco and is the organization’s second conference.

Toni Rocca, president of GaymerX and organizer of the con told reporters she and the GaymerX organization did something new, something no one was doing two years ago, when the con was first announced. She’s proud of what the GaymerX convention accomplished, and what’s more, GaymerX as an organization will continue forward. GaymerX began on the crowd-funding site Kickstarter and in less than a week, hit its $25,000 goal.