I bear Ponycon no ill will. I have friends attending. I have friends vending. I have friends on the staff. I hope the convention succeeds. But I hope it succeeds under better leadership. One person in particular, con chair Kar Red Roses, has wronged me terribly. Frankly, I hope she loses her job to someone... better.
So, here's the reason: Kar and I argued on the Internet in 2013 after the show "The People's Couch" on BravoTV (a subsidiary of NBCUniversal, a multibillion-dollar multinational media corporation) mocked me on national television for being transgender/gender-atypical
Having been the founder of Bronies-NYC (and cofounder of Ponycon, incidentally), I asked the chair of the group to help me promote a protest outside NBC headquarters in Manhattan. I figured that this was a no-brainer: The group I'd founded having my back when I was faced with a Fortune 500 company mocking me for being transgender on national television. The chair, being [a] my friend, [b] a reasonable person, and [c] gender-nonconforming themself, agreed.Kar didn't.
She absolutely refused to allow the chair of Bronies-NYC— her supposed boss
— to endorse my protest. THAT was the metaphorical field she chose to die on: Refusing to support a protest against her own group's creator being trans-bashed on national television.
She pressured the group chair to issue a statement which basically said "we have no opinion one way or the other on the matter of this protest."
Needless to say, I did not take it well. Put simply, I completely blew my stack. And, thus, I was banned from all Bronies-NYC activities (which include Ponycon). Kar and one of her key supporters on staff later ensured that the ban would be made permanent. Again spitefully pressuring their chair into acting against me, they apparently refused to have any part of a group that wouldn't keep me banned forever.
Over... wanting support in my lonesome fight against transphobic discrimination by a multinational corporation with more money than God
And that, dear readers, is why I am not at Ponycon right now.