Safer Spaces and Accessibility

The Litchfield County Zine Fest is committed to making this an accessible, safer space. By using the term “safer space,” we are acknowledging that, as a space where different ideas and experiences are being shared, including some sensitive ones, the space cannot be fully “safe,” but can be made safer by requiring tablers and attendees to adhere to our “safer spaces” policy.

If you are planning on attending the fest, you are required to agree to abide by this policy and our accessibility policy.

Safer Spaces Policy:

  • We do not discriminate, nor allow discrimination based on a person’s race, sexual orientation, religion, culture/ethnicity, disability status, age, gender or gender expression*, class, body shape, educational attainment, employment status, marital status, national origin, or immigration status.
  • Promotion of TERF (Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminism)/”gender critical” or SWERF (Sex Worker Exclusionary Radical Feminism) rhetoric is not allowed in this space, as it makes the space unsafe for transgender people and sex workers!
  • While you may take a photo of the crowd at the Litchfield County Zine Fest, you must acquire consent for any close-up photos of a person or their work.
  • While some people may have disagreements at this event, verbal or physical harassment, fighting, and other disruptive behavior are not allowed in this space.
  • It should go without saying, but theft of money or property will get you ejected from the event.
  • Children are welcome at this event! All explicit materials will be kept out of immediate view of children, but still may be present. Breastfeeding is allowed on the premises as long as the parent is not obstructing traffic or exits.
  • There will be zero tolerance of sexual harassment and assault (including unwanted touching or unwanted sexual propositions) in this space. Violators of this rule will be asked to leave the event.
  • If it comes to our attention that someone in attendance at the fest is actively and unrepentantly committing abusive actions, the person in question will be disallowed from the fest.

If you have a concern regarding someone’s activity at the fest (or outside the fest) that makes you or someone else feel unsafe, please contact an organizer and we will deal with your concern as soon as possible.

*Intentional misgendering (using a pronoun that a person does not use) is a form of transphobic discrimination, and thus is not allowed in this space. There will be labels provided at the welcoming table to anyone who wishes to make a pronoun label.

Accessibility Policy:

  • The Litchfield County Zine Fest is committed to making this event as accessible as possible. As a result, this event is held in a space that is wheelchair accessible. All non-wheelchair accessible entrances and exits will be clearly marked, with directions to the nearest accessible exit.
  • The Litchfield County Zine Fest is a fragrance-free space! That means that you cannot wear perfume or wear clothing that is washed with a scented detergent. This is to protect people with sensory sensitivities.
  • There will be no music at this event to make it as accessible as possible to people who experience sensory sensitivities.
  • Please, no flash photography! This could aggravate some people’s photosensitive epilepsy.
  • This is a sober space. Please do not bring alcohol onto the premises or come to the event drunk or high.
  • Service animals are allowed and welcomed in this space, but please do not bring in any other animals, as they could distract service animals from their jobs.
  • Attendees who are feeling overloaded by the sensory stimuli of the event may either step outside (the event will be held in Spring, so the weather should be warm) or enter a designated indoor quiet space.
  • There is a wheelchair-accessible gender neutral bathroom in the venue.

These policies are subject to changer or be amended over time or as needs arise. While this is an event open to the public, violators of these policies may be ejected from the event at the discretion of the organizers.

Thank you to Brodie Foster Hubbard and the members of the Zine Fest Organizers Facebook group for providing help in drafting these policies!

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