Okay, so here’s the deal. I thought I was a jaded, cynical bastard. I thought I knew most of the stories local to me about people who had been made unwelcome – or at least, that I knew most of the types of stories, and had a pretty good handle on what the demographics and statistics look like. I thought I kept a pretty good eye on stuff like this, and had about as realistic an opinion of how exclusive/prejudiced our community is as anyone who is still an active participant can.
I was WRONG. Holy fuck, was I WRONG. I knew nothing. I still know very little. I’m asking for your help, because I think that there are a lot of other people who could use this kind of perspective.
Just the sheer number of stories that repeat the same patterns, over and over and over… it’s mind-boggling. That being said, I’m doing my best to up my game on accepting new information, and doing useful shit with it.
There’s a Google form here that I’d like you to fill out.
The reason I’m asking you to fill out a form is simple – individual stories are important, but it’s numbers that will start forcing us to take real accountability for the kind of damage we do to each other. Any one story can be discounted. We’ve all seen it. “It’s just one time.” “There were reasons.” “They’re just pissed off and starting shit.” I want to present numbers that can’t be hand-waved away.
We all deserve to be heard. We’ll be heard better if I can use better, more powerful tools to show the kind of picture y’all are telling about. Again, I promise that I will not use any of your identifiable information without contacting you about it first. Even if you’ve already told your story via email or thread post, please consider doing it again. It will make it easier for me to get a handle on how many of who and what and why.
Again, there’s a Google form that I’d like you to fill out. Please.
Thank you for your stories, your support, your signal boost. I’m working on doing something worthy with all this.