Proud to Render: LGBTQ+ Voices in the Computer Graphics Community

by | 28 June 2023 | Conferences, Gaming, Virtual Reality

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SIGGRAPH celebrates and embraces diversity among the computer graphics and interactive techniques community. As we embrace the vibrant and empowering spirit of Pride Month, we are thrilled to present a collection of inspiring stories from LGBTQ+ artists and perspectives within our community. These unique perspectives, stories, and experiences push boundaries, challenge norms, and create stunning visuals that help shape the future of computer graphics. Let’s raise our voices, celebrate our differences, and honor the beauty of LGBTQ+ stories in this joyous and inclusive Pride Month celebration!

Celebrate Pride Month With the ACM SIGGRAPH Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee’s ‘Queer in Gaming’ Series

“Celebrate Pride Month With the ACM SIGGRAPH Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee’s ‘Queer in Gaming Series’” is an article that explores LGBTQ+ representation and experiences in the gaming industry. This recorded series, showcases interviews and discussions with LGBTQ+ professionals, exploring their journeys, challenges, and triumphs within the gaming world emphasizing the significance of fostering an inclusive environment for queer individuals in gaming and the broader SIGGRAPH community. This series serves as a testament to ACM SIGGRAPH’s commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field of computer graphics, offering a platform for marginalized voices to be heard and celebrated. Watch the series here.

Exploring Gender Identity in Virtual Reality With ‘She’

“Exploring Gender Identity in Virtual Reality with ‘She'” delves into an innovative project that examines the intersection of virtual reality and gender identity. “She” is an immersive VR experience that allows users to explore and experiment with different gender expressions. This article explores how the project aims to create a safe and supportive environment for individuals to explore their gender identity and expression. By immersing users in a virtual world, “She” provides a unique opportunity for self-discovery and understanding. It highlights the importance of using technology and virtual spaces to foster empathy, understanding, and inclusivity, and showcases the potential of VR as a tool for personal growth and exploring the complexities of gender identity. Read more about “She” here.

Experiencing Love: Looking from the Outside, In

“Experiencing Love: Looking from the Outside In” explores the concept of love and relationships from a unique perspective. It’s a virtual reality experience allowing users to observe a couple’s intimate moments from an external viewpoint. This article delves into how this VR experience challenges conventional notions of love by presenting an alternative viewpoint. It discusses the emotional impact and thought-provoking nature of the experience, as well as the potential implications for empathy and understanding. By stepping into the shoes of an observer, users are encouraged to question their own perceptions of love and relationships. The article highlights the power of VR as a tool for generating new insights and fostering empathy in the realm of human connection. Read more about it here.

Be sure to register for SIGGRAPH 2023 before 30 June, when registration prices increase. Keep an eye out for the diversity, equity, and inclusion-related content on display at SIGGRAPH 2023. We’ll see you in Los Angeles!

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