As proud citizens of this city and state, we’re saddened that this bill has cast such a negative light on Hoosiers. The perception created by this bill does not represent who we are or what we stand for. Our fans and attendees are as diverse as they come, and we want them to feel comfortable in our city. We are Hoosiers, some of us born and raised, and we know that our friends, family, and our neighbors are some of the warmest and most welcoming individuals in the country, even if the new legislation threatens to paint us otherwise.
As a show born and bred here in Indiana, we’re going to continue to fight against these negative perceptions and continue to offer a warm and inclusive environment for all of our fans, guests, and attendees. We do not wish to leave, we wish to affect change. In response to the RFRA, we have updated our exhibitor terms and agreements to make it clear that we will not do business with, accept money from, or receive sponsorship from any business entity that chooses to discriminate against people based on their ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, abilities, religion, or socio-economic background. We will not tolerate discrimination in any form and will continue to promote a welcoming atmosphere within our walls and within our city.
You may read the full terms here, which will be sent to all current sponsors and exhibitors to ensure they understand their mandatory compliance. We are developing internal processes for receiving and responding to complaints, and a process for addressing them quickly and appropriately. We are seeking panels and moderators who can speak on topics of inclusion and acceptance, and welcome all with a voice to share it at our show. We hope that our community continues to engage with us and present to us ideas to ensure our show is and will remain a comfortable show for fans of all backgrounds.