Chloetrope, on 16 March 2011 - 12:09 PM, said:
I think it's a great idea, but I think it should definitely be LGBT +allies, and this should be made clear. I think making it LGBT+A would make the meetup more successful and comfortable for everyone. I've noticed allies (at least the non-vocal kind) to be a flighty bunch at times, and unless the openness is explicitly stated, they might shy away, especially if they've had other bad experiences with the bass-ackwards notion that only LGBTs support LGBTs.
Sure, allies would definitely be welcome. We can even add Q's (questioning/bi-curious). The point is just to get a chance to meet others interested in cosplay, manga, anime etc. and of course, have fun! I wasn't planning on waving around a big rainbow flag or anything. I tend to be a bit more discreet and so people don't need to worry about being "out" or have others saying anything negative. I think I'd personally kick out anyone who wants to cause trouble.
Friday is probably a good day since Saturday does tend to be rather crazy. I'll have to think of a time and location. Maybe we should also consider actually doing something- a tour of the hotel? spending a few minutes at various panels? hanging out at the food court for snacks? I'll definitely be in cosplay, just don't know what character yet!