Gaylaxicon is a recurring science fiction, fantasy and horror convention that focused on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender topics. It took place in various locations in the United States and occasionally Canada, often on the East Coast.

Started in 1988 in Provincetown, Massachusetts, Gaylaxicon was organized by member organizations of the Gaylactic Network. The Gaylaxian Science Fiction Society (GSFS) was the New England–based chapter of the Network, which organized the original convention.

The Gaylactic Spectrum Awards were sometimes awarded at Gaylaxicon and were instituted by the organisers of the conference. They are now managed by the Gaylactic Spectrum Awards Council, an independent organization.


Gaylaxicon was organized by member organizations of the Gaylactic Network.[1] The Gaylaxian Science Fiction Society (GSFS) is the New England–based chapter of the Network, which organized the original convention in Provincetown, Massachusetts in 1988. [2]

Spectrum awards

The Gaylactic Spectrum Awards are given to works of science fiction, fantasy and horror that explore LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) topics in a positive way. Established in 1998, the awards were initially presented by the Gaylactic Network, with awards first awarded in 1999 at Gaylaxicon. In 2002 the awards were given their own organization, the Gaylactic Spectrum Awards Foundation.[3]

The results were generally announced and presented at Gaylaxicon, although they have also been presented at Worldcon in the past.[4][5]

Past conventions

Year Location: Town Location: State Guest(s) of Honor: Author Guest(s) of Honor: Other Note Refs.
1988 Provincetown Massachusetts J.F. Rivkin Gaylaxicon '88,
90 attendees
1990 Tewksbury Massachusetts Melissa Scott Hannah M.G. Shapero (artist) Gaylaxicon '90,
130 attendees
1991 Tewksbury Massachusetts Samuel R. Delany Hannah M.G. Shapero (artist) Gaylaxicon '91,
245 attendees
1992 Philadelphia Pennsylvania Tanya Huff Tristan Alexander (artist) Gaylaxicon IV,
360 attendees
1994 Rockville Maryland Jewelle Gomez Tom Howell (artist)
Forrest J Ackerman (special guest)
Gaylaxicon V,
350 attendees
1995 Niagara Falls New York Don Sakers Heather Bruton (artist) Gaylaxicon VI,
180 attendees
1996 Burlington Massachusetts Ellen Kushner
Delia Sherman
Colleen Doran (artist) Gaylaxicon VII,
342 attendees
1997 Marlboro Massachusetts Gaylaxicon Lite '97,
90 attendees
1998 Troy Michigan Anne Harris Kurt Erichson (cartoonist)
Frank Gembeck, Jr. (artist)
Gaylaxicon 8,
60 attendees
1999 Arlington Virginia Diane Duane Nancy Janda (artist)
Jean-Pierre Dorleac (special guest)
Gaylaxicon 1999,
303 attendees,
the 10th Gaylaxicon
2000 Arlington Virginia Fiona Patton Nan Fredman (artist) Gaylaxicon 2000,
265 attendees
2004 San Diego California David Gerrold Joe Phillips (artist)
Virginia Hey (actor, Farscape)
285 attendees [10]
2005 Boston Massachusetts Lois McMaster Bujold Phil Jimenez (artist: Star Trek: Hidden Frontier)
250 attendees [11]
2006 Toronto Ontario (Canada) Nalo Hopkinson Ellen Muth (actor)
Richard Arnold (media)
Michael Rowe (editor)
Gaylaxicon 2006 [12][13][14]
2007 Atlanta Georgia Jim Grimsley Georges Jeanty (artist) Other guests: David Gerrold,
Joe Haldeman, Steve Berman,
Toni Weisskopf, James Cawley,
David B. Coe
2008 Bethesda Maryland Geoff Ryman Alicia Austin (artist) [14][16]
2009 Minneapolis Minnesota Margaret Weis Andy Mangels
Lawrence Schimel
Terrance Griep
Gaylaxicon 2009,
313 attendees
2010 Montreal Quebec (Canada) Canceled [19] [20]
2011 Atlanta Georgia n/a (Wayback of Outlacon website lists guests, but only three GoHs) Amber Benson (GoH)[21]
Don Schermerhorn and Wayne Hergenroder (fan GoHs)[22]
May 13 to 15. Hosted as part of Outlantacon. [23]
2012 Minneapolis Minnesota Kyell Gold Gary Russell (Writer/Producer)
Lyda Morehouse (Writer)
Barbara Schulz (Artist)
Gaylaxicon 2012,
unknown attendees
2014 Atlanta Georgia Philip Bonneau May 2–4 [25]
2016 Minneapolis Minnesota
2018 Atlanta Georgia May 11-13
Outlantacon/Gaylaxicon 2018
attendance unknown

See also


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