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Photos: Awesome LGBT Cosplay At Bent-Con 2014

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Bent-Con, an annual LGBT convention centered around pop culture, comics and games, is celebrating its fifth installment this weekend in Burbank. Gender inclusive bathrooms, no censorship zones, stunning cosplay and mermaid-friendly pools make Bent-Con one of the friendliest conventions around.

We stopped by yesterday to check out the exhibitors and costumes. We popped into an erotic art gallery, browsed the scores of comics with LGBT heroes and themes for sale and stopped by the pool deck to see an Ursula calmly sunning among a Spiderman in a speedo and a leather daddy Jon Snow.

The convention had replaced the traditional signs on the bathrooms—typically seen as unisex bathrooms with a male and a female figure—to be gender-inclusive and welcoming to any and all gender identities.

Throughout the day, there was numerous film screenings, performances and panels on the nuances of writing and drawing comics, branding and marketing, working in genres and cosplay, as well as how to deal with bullying and social anxiety.

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Bent-Con continues today at the Marriott Convention Center in Burbank with more panels and performances, plus The Dinner Party Show with special guest Anne Rice.

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