George Perez Makes Two Exceptions For Red State Convention Boycott
posted Feb 3, 2017, 8:44 PM by Vu Nguyen
George Perez has provided this statement to newsarama.com
I have not changed my decision, I will be attending conventions in red
states this year but those were commitments I made last year, before the
election was held. It would have been unprofessional to cancel on them
if the organizers deemed that they still wanted me there. For those
shows I am donating the money I earn at the shows to charities
benefiting causes now in danger, like Planned Parenthood, several LGBT
causes, Immigration and feminist supporters. After these prior
commitments I will no longer be accepting invitations to shows in red
states. I am sincerely sorry for any disappointment or enmity this
decision has engendered, but this is my choice and my right.
However, there will be two exceptions. The most notable is Dragon Con,
which isn’t really a comic convention but a major party with the great
majority of partygoers being exactly the people who are now being
ostracized, threatened or marginalized by the new administration. It is
also a show where my wife teaches belly dance classes, as she has done
for close to a decade, and I would not wish to rob her of that pleasure.
Any money I do earn (and I spend less time at my table at this show
than I do at most) I will donate to an LGBT charity.
The other show is Fetish Con, which is not a comic show at all. I
receive no fee, nor do I earn any money. I’m there to support my
friends, including those very people whose rights and lives are now
And for the record, even though it really is nobody else’s business, I
plan to donate the fees I earn at the blue-state shows to charity as
well, but they won’t necessarily be the same red state threatened
organizations. This would include the Hero Initiative, St. Jude’s
Hospital, K-9s for Warriors, Make-A-Wish and whatever other worthy cause
comes my way.
Oh, and for those who may be wondering, I do intend to continue
providing financial aid to the threatened charities I noted earlier,
even though it won’t be earned at red state shows. It will just be from
other sources of income.
I do not wish to continue defending or explaining my decisions, so, I hope this is the last time I will be asked to do so.
Respectfully and sincerely,