VCBF is dedicated to working towards a harassment-free convention experience for all members, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, age, origin, religion, or class. We do not tolerate harassment of VCBF participants in any form. Convention participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the convention without a refund at the discretion of the VCBF organizers.
VCBF’s definition of harassment may not necessarily align with legal definitions of harassment. Harassment includes: Verbal comments or displayed images that harmfully reinforce structures of oppression (related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion, geographic origin, or class); deliberate intimidation; stalking; body policing (including gender policing in all bathrooms); unwelcome photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact; and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. Exhibitors in the Writer’s Row, volunteers, and VCBF members are also subject to the anti-harassment policy.
Harassment does not include: respectful disagreement or critique in good faith. VCBF continues to welcome and appreciate the reading or performance of risky, transgressive material and the discussion of controversial ideas.