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Tekko - Pittsburgh's annual Japanese Pop Culture convention

Tekko of Pittsburgh is a celebration of individuality and creativity. I am still in shock that this is an event with 10k+ attendees and is 100% volunteer and a non-profit.

As a volunteer at the Bag Check station, I was able to meet and talk with a lot of people. Which otherwise I would have likely not done. Although my energy really petered off at the end of my shift, I had a great time.

I love so much about this event! It has a super positive and supportive atmosphere. It's a safe space for a lot of people of all ages and genders. It's an event where they can be themselves without judgment. Or they can embody another person or character for a day. It's a place where the LGBTQ+ community can walk without fear or judgment. As someone who works in a mostly Caucasian-male industry,  it was refreshing to be surrounded by so many different cultures and identities. It brought a constant ear-to-ear smile to my face.

Tekko, like most large conventions, has a zero-tolerance policy…