GENESIS OF ‘gis’
“TO FIX THE PROBLEMS OF TODAY... WE MUST HAVE HOPE FOR TOMORROW.”
- DAN DEEVY, FOUNDER / EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
GAAAYS IN SPAAACE (GIS) exists to promote the importance of positive LGBTQ+ character inclusion in pop culture entertainment -- particularly within the prophetic realm of science fiction, which has recently been booming in popularity.
GIS was created in 2016 to celebrate the historic step forward taken in the major motion picture STAR TREK: BEYOND, which finally depicted members of the LGBTQ+ Community in the STAR TREK Universe.
It has since grown into an official 501(c)(3) tax exempt, nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring the continued presence & exploration of these characters in the years to come.
Our goal is to empower LGBTQ+ youth by teaching them about the utopian visions of a unified future found in Gene Roddenberry’s STAR TREK, where universal equality has finally become reality.
We’re also determined to relieve ignorance and promote understanding within the predominantly heterosexual STAR TREK fanbase by fostering a better understanding of LGBTQ+ individuals.
To date, GIS has organized and hosted over 40 individual events which have spanned a dozen major US cities, featured more than 30 celebrity guests, and has been attended by well over 3,000 fans!
We’ve also been sponsored by creator Gene Roddenberry’s son, Rod Roddenberry, who told GIS Founder & Executive Director Dan Deevy that GIS was “exactly the kind of organization that [his father] would have enjoyed supporting and that [he’d be] proud of the impact that it’s having.”
We have also received the most genuine, heartfelt support from so many members of the STAR TREK family; for which we could not be more grateful.
Many have donated their time and talent by appearing at our events, others have helped to spread the word via their personal social media accounts, and some have even autographed GIS items which were given away to fans as prizes!
It is important to note that our events are attended by people from every different type of background imaginable. Many are members of the LGBTQ+ community, but there are also just as many who are not. In the spirit of an inclusive future, everyone is welcome at our events!
These nights are dedicated to celebrating the inclusive Utopian future that Roddenberry created for ALL mankind and our crowds always reflect that. Without fail, each event has been a truly unforgettable gathering of fans and celebrities alike all of whom mix and mingle as they celebrate Gene Roddenberry’s philosophy of IDIC… ‘Infinite Diversity In Infinite Combinations.’
We’re extremely gratified to say that GAAAYS IN SPAAACE events continue to be celebrations of genuine importance for LGBTQ+ Trekkies and all our straight allies who have forever maintained that this day would eventually arrive!
From STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE - NANA VISITOR (Major Kira Nerys), TERRY FARRELL (Lt. Cmdr. Jadzia Dax), ARMIN SHIMERMAN (Quark), NICOLE DE BOER (Lt. Ezri Dax), CIRROC LOFTON (Jake Sisko), ARON EISENBERG (Ensign Nog), JG HERTZLER (Chancellor Martok), CASEY BIGGS (Legate Damar), ANDREW ROBINSON (Garak), HANA HATAE (Molly O'Brien), CHASE MASTERSON (Leeta), CAMILLE SAVIOLA (Kai Opaka), KITTY SWINK (Luaran & Minister Rozahn).
Gaaays In Spaaace is an official 501(c)(3) tax exempt, nonprofit organization. EIN #83-1923528. Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.