Tabletop Gaymers Inc. is a nonprofit organization whose mission is promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion by championing the visibility and recognition of the LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, asexual, and others) community through tabletop gaming.
About Our Programs
Tabletop Gaymers has a variety of programs in support of our mission.
GAYMER and ALLY Badge Ribbons – Attendees at gaming conventions and events are provided badge ribbons, buttons, and/or wristbands to self-identify as gaymers or allies. The material is worn to raise awareness, enhance the social environment, promote open and honest discussions, build a community, and provide opportunities for networking.
Queer as a Three-Side Die – Panel series featuring industry leaders talking about various queer aspects of the gaming industry. Panelists share experiences and lead discussions on gender, sexuality, and general diversity topics in gaming from design and publishing to gameplay and community.
Gaymer Gatherings – Social events and activities held for gaymers and their allies. The purpose of the events is to provide a safe space for attendees to network, make friends, and share experiences.
Gayme Night – Tabletop Gaymers assists LGBTQ+ Community Centers by donating board games and providing “Gayme Masters” to teach the games. We work with the centers to help establish a recurring event where their patrons can learn and experience these games, socialize, network, and make new friends.
About Our History
Tabletop Gaymers arose from a Yahoo Group called “Gaymers” where friends shared stories and information, networked, and planned get-togethers at conventions like Gen Con. In Aug 2011, the first Queer as a Three-Sided Die panel occurred at Gen Con. In May 2013, Tabletop Gaymers Inc. was formed as a nonprofit and later recognized as a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit.
The organization is led by a Board of Directors who are responsible for long-term planning and the future of the organization. In addition, we have a group of talented officers who are responsible for specific areas of our operation. The board has regular monthly meetings and an annual meeting each spring. The following individuals currently serve on the board:
- Jeff Sorensen, Ames IA
- Justin Nauman, Ames IA
- Dustie Lohmeyer, Madison WI
- Amanda Rivera, New York NY
- Sebastian Bingham, Dallas-Fort Worth TX
- Edwin Morales, New York NY
- Kimberly Hinkle, Chicago IL
- Matt Layne, Cincinnati OH
- Xtina Stiso, Bloomington IN
- Zach Lones, Seattle WA
Several key individuals are responsible for helping set up events, coordinating with local businesses, and distributing badge ribbons. If you would like to help, complete our volunteer registration form.
Donations and Sponsors
Tabletop Gaymers Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and relies on the charity of our donors. Numerous individuals and companies have provided donations, in-kind donations, and support in the past. For a complete list, please visit our Sponsors page. If you would like to become a sponsor, please do so by giving a donation. Please review our Terms and Conditions of Donations and Payments before donating.
Tabletop Gaymers welcomes everyone to participate in our programs and activities. We do not discriminate against any person or group, and we prohibit discrimination against or harassment of any participants at our events, on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion or religious creed, disability or handicap, sex or gender, military or veteran status, genetic information, political preference, pregnancy, membership or non-membership in any lawful organization, or other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law.
Tabletop Gaymers Inc. is a nonprofit organization incorporated and registered in the State of Iowa. Our incorporation was effective 13 May 2015. The address for our organization is 924 6th St., Ames, Iowa 50010. Our EIN (Employer Identification Number) is 47-4190614. We are exempt from federal income tax under IRS Code Section 501(c)(3) of Title 26 of the United States Code. We are recognized as a public charity by the IRS as described in IRC 170(b)(1)(A)(vi); meaning that we normally receive a substantial part of our support from direct or indirect contributions from the general public. We are a nonpartisan organization.
- Articles of Incorporation (State of Iowa)
- IRS Letter of Determination – 501(c)(3)
- EIN Issuance Letter – Employee Identification Number (EIN)
- W-9 Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification
- Form 990-N Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax
- Iowa Biennial Report for an Iowa Nonprofit Corporation
- Bylaws of Tabletop Gaymers Inc (revised 10 Jul 2017)
Copyright and Trademark
“Tabletop Gaymers” is a registered trademark ® of Tabletop Gaymers Inc. We claim trademarks and copyright on all our material, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. For a complete list of trademarks, please review our Copyright and Trademark Notice. Please note that we make no claims on the term “gaymer” as it is recognized as being part of the common lexicon.
Image Submission Policy
By submitting or sharing an image with us, you attest that you own the image and that any subjects in the image have given you permission to use the image unconditionally. You agree to give Tabletop Gaymers Inc. unconditional permission to use the image in any media, in any manner, for any purpose. For a more detailed understanding, please review our Image Submission Policy.