The geek community knows about bullying. Now the geek community is working to stop it. And it will get a boost at San Diego Comic-Con on Sunday, July 21st (4:00pm Room 4), with its first anti-bullying panel.
The panel, moderated by author Carrie Goldman (Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher, and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear), who is also the mother of Katie, the girl who got teased for loving Star Wars, will cover all levels of bullying, be it wearing costumes, body shapes, gender roles, LGBT issues, etc. And it’s not just bullies vs. geeks – it’s geek vs. geek sometimes. (Hint: Don’t wear your Star Trek uniform to a theater when Episode VII premieres…)
The panel will include Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley (founders of NOH8), actor Brad Bell (Husbands), actress Chase Masterson (Star Trek: Deep Space 9), author and journalist Bonnie Burton (Girls Against Girls: Why We are Mean to Each Other and How We Can Change), journalist Jenna Busch, actress and Her Universe founder Ashley Eckstein (Star Wars: The Clone Wars), and TV writer/producer Jane Espenson (Once Upon A Time, Husbands, and far too many other things to mention but you’ve watched them).
Participating organizations include the Anti-Defamation League, Cartoon Network’s Stop Bullying: Speak Up, the Girl Scouts of the United States of America, the International Bullying Prevention Association and the United Nations Association.