Coast Con 37 brings people together in a comfortable environment

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The feeling of acceptance is important to everyone. Comic and anime lovers from all around came out Sunday afternoon for the finale of Coast Con 37.

Brian Held, of New Orleans, hasn't missed Coast Con since 1992, and says it's always good to see what he calls his fellow "geek" community.

"I have a lot of friends in the Gulf Coast community, in the geek community here, so it's always a good reunion to see folks I haven't seen in a while," Held said.

Publicity Director Brenna Carson said having this event on the coast unites people with similar lifestyles. Coast Con is a place where they can feel comfortable and at home.

"A lot of people here in their normal lives aren't very accepted because of the stuff we like, and even if we are accepted we're kind of on the outside. So the fact that we can come here and be with people like us, who are willing to accept us for us, it's very therapeutic for most people," Carson said.

Emily Cooper, from Biloxi, is among those people. Cooper enjoys expressing herself through costumes and came to Coast Con with her family, dressed as Grell Sutcliff from the anime "Black Butler."

"It gives me a way to express myself and be creative with costumes and to dress up as my favorite characters from television shows," Emily said.

"How does it make you feel when you can express yourself and be accepted and comfortable?" I asked her.

"It makes me feel like I belong. Especially in a place where I can pretty much dress up and be whoever I want to be," Cooper replied.

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