I'm calling it the Tolerance Police, because it aims to empower people against the sport of trolling and to promote mutual respect within the fanbase.
No matter what fandom you belong to, going to a convention is usually a vacation from the stresses of life and a place where you deserve to have three days of straight fun.
Not everyone, however, is guaranteed this privilege. Deviating from the white/heterosexual/gender-normative/etc. roles society holds dear often leads to people being persecuted- even when they should feel safe and accepted among people of similar interests.
No one who saves their money for a hotel and badge, puts together a cosplay, and counts the days until ACen should have to face snarky comments or rejection just because their cosplay isn't up to someone's taste, or a random troll decides to get vocal about their personal discomfort with crossplay.
As an experienced con-goer, I've seen people's weekends ruined by some passing jerk who decided to take out his hatred for anyone outside the narrow range of 'normal', and sat with people who cried because they felt so alone even among their fellow fans.
Whatever stereotypes exist about your fandom or your group, a con isn't the place where you should have to face judgment.
If you believe that as a subculture we don't have room to exclude or hate others just because of how different we are, here's what you can do:
1) Pledge right now to speak up if you hear someone making hateful comments about another cosplayer's gender, costume, age, race, etc. during ACen. Whether you tell the offender they're wrong for being discriminatory, or just pat the victimized person on the shoulder and say "Hey, not everyone is rude like that, don't listen to them", words are the easiest contribution to someone who's hurting.
2) Get a free sticker from me on any day of the con, and wear it on your badge as a sign of your commitment to promote tolerance!
This post has been edited by YasuiGetups: 24 April 2013 - 02:41 PM