many felt unsafe walking alone

I haven’t been talking much about Pantheacon 2015, as I was out sick for most of it. However, I have heard all these stories from folks involved with the Pagans of Color hospitality room, and others. This is a problem in our community that we, collectively, have ignored far too long.

It should be stressed that these are not problems with Pantheacon in specific, but in the greater Pagan community. If it seems like you’re hearing a lot about Pantheacon, it’s because putting 2000 Pagans together in a hotel for a long weekend kind of amplifies the sound. Pagans of color experience these problems at non-Pantheacon gatherings, as well as in everyday life, but there are more witnesses (and more people fond of blogging about such things) in the con environment.

I’ve been asked to clarify: The photo that comes with the article is not of an honor guard outside the PoC Hospitality Suite. They’re outside the PoC Caucus, an event held in regular programming space.


About Lon Sarver

Lon Sarver is a polytheist priest of Dionysos, living in the San Francisco Bay Area and contemplating (with a healthy amount of dread) making a second attempt at a career in Marriage and Family Therapy. View all posts by Lon Sarver

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