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Dragon*Con, and a new UK con

Hi everyone!

I'm Ludi - brand new here, and I'll be coming to Dragon*Con this weekend. I wanted to ask - in the light of the D*C organisers failing spectacularly on engaging with the Back Up Project, what happens now? Will there still be a table there, will distributing the ribbons be more informal, or will ribbons not be distributed at all? 

I'd also very much like to meet anyone who has been involved with Back Up at D*C and have a chat about it, cause I've just been drafted in to help run a new sci-fi con in the UK (it's called Nine Worlds, we're just starting out.) I'd like to make it as safe a space as possible right from the beginning, and am currently researching ways to do that - one of which would be having a strong Back Up Project presence there. So, this post is me asking for any advice or experiences or thoughts on that you'd like to share (I've also been reading the archives here extensively) as well as a super-preliminary bit of - if anyone's in the UK and feels like being involved, let me know? 

Thanks so much! I'm really happy that this project and community exists : )


Aug. 27th, 2012 08:29 pm (UTC)
My primary piece of advice would be to write and heavily publicize a clear, strong, anti-harassment policy, and train your safety personnel on appropriate responses to reports of harassment.

Somewhere (possibly in the archives of this group?) was someone talking about how one surprisingly effective tactic was to call your con security "safety" instead of "security" -- at least in part because "safety" attracts a psychologically different set of people. (Anyone know what link I am thinking of? Out of brain.)

(edited because I can't SPELL argggh)

Edited at 2012-08-27 08:29 pm (UTC)
Aug. 27th, 2012 09:41 pm (UTC)
I like that idea a lot, thanks so much! Yeah - we'll definitely be selecting our safety people carefully, I've heard a bit about some con-goers getting trouble from the security staff themselves, and a few queer events here in the UK have had problems with their security people too - and we're an all-queer group of organisers, so...