On the 17th of January, a game jam called the Jam For Leelah will begin, a game jam that is being put on to raise funds for charity after the tragic suicide of Leelah Alcorn, a 17 year old transgender girl that was pulled out of school and forced to attend conversion therapy by her parents, to change an identity that she had had since the age of 4.
The JamForLeelah is a month long trans positive game jam to raise awareness on trans youth issues and Leelah’s Law as well as to raise money for trans specific charities. Leelah’s Law would ban conversion therapy in the United States. Before her passing, Leelah expressed an intense interest in not only gaming, but game development as well. Because of this, an indie game jam felt like a possible way for the activists to raise awareness for Leelah’s plea for social change, in a method she may not have only approved of, but also taken part in.
The game jam has three requirements, and developers taking part in the jam need to fulfil at least one of these requirements to be able to take part in the event.
These requirements are:
1) That the game tackles issues of gender identity
2) That the game takes inspiration from artwork created by Leelah herself in it’s creation
and 3) that it be related to one of Leelah’s interests, while still raising awareness of gender issues.
Fundraising for the jam will work through a pay-what-you-want scheme, with developers also being able ask for a petition signature instead of payment for the game.
The Jam For Leelah begins on January 17th, and continues until February 17th. The game jam can be found here.