Elephant At The Con is our campaign by Uplift dedicated to shining a light on convention safety issues by collecting attendee stories and quantitative data on abuse and harassement at conventions with the goal of creating action plans for organizers to improve in the future.
The upcoming release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and the continuation of stories in the Harry Potter universe has been darkened by the continued casting of Johnny Depp as a major character (Grindelwald), despite domestic abuse allegations.
We all love the Harry Potter series, but critiquing the Canon that shaped the culture of a generation for making light of rape, encouraging slut shaming, and romanticizing deeply unhealthy relationships is well within our right as fans. When many of us read the books as children and teenagers, many of the subtleties may have been lost on us. But now that we are older, many of the problematic elements become evident and it is our obligation to show that we do not condone this behavior in the wizarding society or in our own. Trivializing serious concepts like this has a serious affect on survivors who may doubt that anyone would believe their stories and on perpetrators who discover that their actions will not be seen as the crimes that they are.
Cosplayers at LeakyCon 2016 visited the Uplift Booth to speak out against rape culture in the Harry Potter series.
Big movements start with individuals. When many people make small changes in their personal lives, we create a place that’s safer and better for everyone. The Safer Community Pledge reached over 95,000 people on YouTube, Tumblr, and Facebook and was a simple step people could take to stand up against sexual violence and harassment. This pledge encouraged us to make small changes in our personal lives and continue to discuss this critical issue. Take the pledge yourself here!
In April of 2016, Uplift hosted a livestreamed day of empowerment and solidarity, where the members of the community stood united in a shared passion to stop sexual violence.