OCCEOz Comic-Con and its team have always been passionate about our community and creating a welcoming and diverse environment where we celebrate everything and everyone! This has been represented by our anti-harassment policy, our firm stance on Cosplay is not Consent, and the presence of the Reach Out Room as an onsite support network.
We're strong believers in the idea that our events and our communities can only be stronger by recognising and valuing the many diverse members of that community. The current debate around equal marriage rights impacts many of our team and community, we, therefore, think it is important that we support those people and continue the tradition of making Oz Comic-Con a supportive home for all. Today Oz Comic-Con, and its organisers ReedPOP, have submitted an open letter to the Equality Campaign pledging our support.
We think it is important to connect those affected with the support they may need through beyondblue, Australia’s independent charity supporting those with anxiety, depression or related mental illnesses. To assist those affected and demonstrate our clear commitment to our community and others in need of support, we will be raising funds for beyondblue at our upcoming shows.
In the upcoming weeks, we will be sharing stories of support from our community using the hashtag #OCCEquality, because Fandom Is For Everyone. Download the hashtag and share your support via social media.
For anyone that may want to talk to someone about how this is affecting them, beyondblue offer a range of information and services.
You can also read up on our anti-harassment policy here.