Plz Diversify Your Panels (and everything else, k?)

In the wake of BookCon’s scramble to offer a more diverse panel after internet backlash,  a new movement has risen.

Plz Diversity Your Panels has a straightforward message: we’re sick of panels that consist solely of the privileged, while ignoring, intentionally or not, more diverse representation. Their mission statement is pretty clear:

Plz Diversify Your Panel seeks to create diverse, intersectional panels. We’ve chosen to accomplish this by organizing a list of people who will refuse to be on panels which do not include a diverse representation of people who have been marginalized for any reason — race, gender, sexual orientation, able-bodiedness, etc.

The Tumblr thus far consists of a list  names of people and organizations who are taking a stand and refusing to participate in a poorly or unevenly represented panel  the mission statement, and a number of FAQs. Those who sign the petition offer up small bios of themselves which are showcased on the blog. A few recognizable names are there already.

What do you think, folks? If you’re a panelist, will you sign the petition? Either way, this is a space to watch as con season continues.

Laura Harcourt

Laura Harcourt

Part of WWAC's editorial team, Laura has loved comics ever since her very first copy of Betty and Veronica Double Digest. Until her own superhero training is complete, she spends most of her time writing about others. She is most usually found in Western New England and is easily startled by loud noises.