Oh the times, they are a-changin’. It was only a handful of years ago that I was floored by the inception of a Video Game Convention targeted primarily to Gay Gamers, called GaymerX. Despite its turbulent career of “will they or won’t they” have another convention, it holds a strong base to produce a 3rd gathering. And now, we have one of the world’s LARGEST gaming conventions, striking a blow for equality in this post-DOMA era: Gen Con.
Gen Con, gathers together gaming enthusiasts of traditional pen-and-paper, board, and card games, including role-playing games, miniatures wargames, live action role-playing games, collectible card games, and strategy games. Last year alone, they recorded more than 56,000 attendants during their 4 day event; not to mention an estimated $50,000,000 in revenue for their local economy. No small feat by any stretch of the imagination.
A recent bill, known as SB 101, has been introduced “protecting the religious freedoms” of business owners and effectively grant them the right to refuse service to same-sex couples. Apparently, Indiana is bound and determined to remain on the wrong side of history. Organizers of Gen Con found this to be a gross violation of basic human rights and sent an open letter to Governor Mike Pence, threatening to relocate Gen Con’s future convention site, should he sign the bill into law.
“Legislation that could allow for refusal of service or discrimination against our attendees will have a direct negative impact on the state’s economy, and will factor into our decision-making on hosting the convention in the state of Indiana in future years…”
Full letter from Gen Con’s official site can be seen HERE.
I couldn’t be more happy to live in a world where the rights of all humanity, regardless of their race, creed, sexual orientation, fill-in-the-blank and all appropriate etcetera’s, are championed not just by their own brethren, but allies in the fight against inequality. The intelligent among us clearly understand that the moment you start impeding on the rights of any special interest groups, you impede us all. As the Three Musketeers say:
All for One and One for All!