WE'RE COMPLETELY FUNDED Y'ALL!
In 2018, I left the term "diversity" behind. It’d been a useful piece of language in the decade prior, a tool for demanding more for marginalized people. More representation. More visibility. More equality. But as the end of 2018 rolled around, I realized that "diversity" had shifted from the hands of marginalized people into the hands of privilege. Tokenizing a “diversity hire” has become enough.
So, “diversity” is dead. Equity lives in its place. The choice to fulfill the needs of the individual in order to equalize society. Giving those who have been ignored the space to speak. And opening doors to opportunities that are often guarded by ignorance and privilege.
The Babble On Equity Project exists to provide marginalized people equity.
We’re starting with the tabletop roleplaying game community where the Babble On discord community was born. And we're taking on one of the biggest challenges in the TTRPG industry: bringing out people of color to conventions, where we are often in small number. Conventions have a reputation for being unsafe for not only people of color, but also women, femmes, non-men, queer folx, neurodivergent individuals, and people with disabilities. However, one convention has earned a reputation that challenges these issues head-on.
Big Bad Con, in Walnut Creek, California.
Our goal is to raise $20,000 to bring out as many people of color as possible. Many of these people are designers, but many are also community leaders, fantastic players, game masters, and artists. All of whom deserve the opportunity to experience a convention that treats people well both in general, and in consideration of their background.
We're launching the campaign in waves of $5000 . With each wave, we'll announce the lineup of people that we'll flyout and house for Big Bad Con. We have familiar faces from the US, as well as international TTRPG community members who are excited to meet and share a table with you.
Join us in our campaign by donating, sharing this page on social media, and in whatever ways you can best contribute to the cause. Every dollar goes to getting more people of color to the convention and covering as much of their costs as possible, in order to provide a stress-free weekend for the attendees.
There are no physical rewards. There are no bells or whistles. There’s only a choice: to stand when called upon.
Wave 1 FUNDED
James Mendez Hodes
Wave 2 FUNDED
Wave 3 FUNDED
Gio “The Kid” Medrano
Wave 4 FUNDED
Amr "ammourazz" El-Azizi