'blerDCon' attracts diverse crowd of comic book fans to DMV

Hundreds gather in Crystal City for weekend convention.

CRYSTAL CITY, VA (WUSA9) - Hundreds of people are in the DC area this weekend for a comic convention that celebrates diversity.

The inaugural edition of BlerDCon kicked off at the Hyatt Regency in Crystal City Friday. The term "Blerd" has commonly been used to refer to black people who consider themselves nerds.

However, the convention in Crystal City aims to give all people of color, women and members of the LGBTQ community a place where they can celebrate both their geekdom and diversity.

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"I was looking out in the world of geek fandom, especially when it comes to conventions and I noticed there was so much diversity in the attendance, there were so many people of different races, sizes and shapes," said Convention Chair Hilton George. "And, I asked, "why isn't there a convention that celebrates that?"

The convention has special panels and presentation that focus on diversity. Chauna Lawson is one of the organizers behind BlerDCon.

"Our main goal is to provide a safe space for those who are most marginalized," said Lawson. "People of color, LGBTQA population, the disabled, international communities and women."

The convention has attracted people all across the country. If you're interested in attending, you're in luck too. The convention lasts through Sunday. Click here to learn more about how you can attend.

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