Behavior which makes you feel unwelcome, unsafe, or uncomfortable, is HARASSMENT. The Southern-Fried Gaming Expo (SFGE) harassment policy applies to EVERYONE who attends our events: staff, vendors, professionals, guests, security, and attendees.
SFGE does not allow harassment of any kind, and has a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY against it. Harassment is defined as, but not limited to, behaviors such as stalking, offensive comments, hate speech, bathroom policing, inappropriate or unwelcome physical contact, recording or taking pictures without permission, and repeatedly disrupting conversations you have been asked to leave. The aforementioned comments or hate speech could be in relation to: age, race or ethnicity, color, citizenship or national origin, relationship status, sexual orientation, gender identity or presentation, appearance, clothing, body size, pregnancy, disability, or religion. This list may not be exhaustive and other actions may be deemed harassment at the discretion of SFGE.
Remember, cosplay is not consent: just because someone is in costume, it doesn’t give you permission to take a picture or touch their costume. Ask first, and if they tell you no, respect that.
If you feel harassed or see someone else being harassed, notify a staff member immediately. You are also within your rights to ask the harasser to stop on your own. Once notified, SFGE staff will take any action necessary to stop the behavior, up to and including membership being revoked and expulsion from convention premises. We will also take steps to help you feel safe again at your request, such as escorting you to a place you feel safe, contacting your friends or family for you, or contacting Atlanta police.
SFGE’s goal is to create a fun, safe, welcoming, event where gamers of all kinds can come together and GAME. We want you to not only have the most amazing weekend ever, but to experience it in an environment where you are safe and accepted.