Most panels (especially in the gaming world) are dominated by similar voices: straight, able-bodied, cis, white, heterosexual men.
Plz Diversify Your Panel would like to change that.
This blog’s goal is 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.
If you’re a person who is often asked to be on panels:
Feel free to sign your name to the below list, showing that you won’t be on any panel that doesn’t represent marginalized voices in some way. Email us at plz-diversify-your-panel[at]googlegroups[d ot]com with a brief bio of yourself and we’ll put you on the list!
If you’re a panel organizer:
Make sure your panel includes some diversity, whether that means women, people of color, non-heterosexual people, trans people, disabled people, non-binary people…there are MANY kinds of diversity in the gaming world, so it shouldn’t be hard to prevent your panels from consisting solely of straight white cis men.
Looking for diverse game devs to ask onto your panel? Go here!
If you’re organizing a convention:
Make sure that anyone applying for a panel is aware of the Plz Diversify Your Panel initiative, and show strong support for it on your page! Make sure applicants know that you value diversity in your panels.
If you’re a marginalized game developer who would like to be a resource for others:
Anyway, here’s a list of people in the games industry who refuse to be on non-diverse panels.
THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE WILL NOT BE ON PANELS WHICH DO NOT INCLUDE DIVERSE REPRESENTATION:
مصطفى شملي (Moustafa Chamli)
Jack de Quidt
Romano Ponce Díaz
David S. Gallant
David A. Hill Jr.
Mark Diaz Truman
ABOUT THIS BLOG
This blog originated out of a Twitter discussion between Elizabeth Simins, Nina Freeman and Leigh Alexander, which you should read:
Originally, Plz Diversify Your Panel focused primarily on issues of gender representation. The pageheader used to read, “No More Men-Only Panels”.
However, following a lot of discussion, we’re expanding the focus of Plz Diversify Your Panel to include all forms of diversity: race, sexual orientation, gender, able-bodiedness, etc.
By gathering together visible, privileged people who are often invited to speak, and by making it clear that those people will not speak unless they are joined by voices who have generally been silenced in the past (whether intentionally or simply by omission).
ALL THIS SAID: We know that you have to be in a position of pretty significant privilege to put your name on this list. Many people aren’t in the position where they can afford to dismiss panels out of hand, or perhaps they’re gay/trans but aren’t out yet, or any number of other reasons.
This list does not exist to demonize and judge people who don’t sign it.
If you who would like to add your name to this list, please email plz-diversify-your-panel[at]googlegroups[d ot]com with the subject heading “Plz Diversify Your Panel”. Feel free to include a little about yourself.
Also, since you won’t be a guest on any panel without diverse representation, feel free to explain what you will be doing instead of appearing on that panel.