Gen Con Threatens To Leave Indianapolis If Governor Pence Signs Controversial Religious “Freedom” Bill

Gen Con, arguably the most important gaming convention in the world, has written a letter to Indiana Governor Mike Pence stating that if he signs the controversial SB 101 into law that the convention will consider moving elsewhere. SB 101 would allow businesses to deny same-sex couples service under the guise of “religious freedom.”

Mostly it’s codified bigotry.

Gen Con’s statement made it fairly clear that they believe that the passage of the law would make Indiana a hostile home for many of its attendees, and that they would consider leaving. Gen Con currently has an attendance of over 56,000 and brings in tens of millions of dollars of tourist revenue to Indianapolis. While their contract to hold the convention at its current venue lasts through 2020, the convention is not afraid to pick up and move — as it did so from Milwaukee to Indianapolis in 2003.

Frankly, that move proves the show can easily relocate, which is why Governor Pence’s lack of concern is downright puzzling — as he’s stated he intends to sign the bill into law regardless.

Via The Indianapolis Star

Trae Dorn

Trae Dorn has been staffing conventions for over twenty years, and is a co-founder of Wisconsin’s longest running Anime convention No Brand Con. Trae also wrote and drew the now completed webcomic UnCONventional, and produces the podcasts BS-Free Witchcraft, On This Day With Trae, Stormwood & Associates, and The Nerd & Tie Podcast. This leads many to ask when the hell they have time to actually do anything anymore. Trae says they have the time because they “do it all quite poorly.”

One thought on “Gen Con Threatens To Leave Indianapolis If Governor Pence Signs Controversial Religious “Freedom” Bill

  • March 24, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    Glad to see Gen Con stand up and maintain a safe space. Awful to see that have to come to such terms tho….


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