Effective immediately, I am withdrawing from my participation in SonoCon 2019. You may recall that I had stated that this year would be my last year attending SonoCon due to their treatment of multiple volunteers. I also stated that I would honor my commitment to my fans and appear this year. However, after disrespectful behavior towards myself that occured on part of the con staff, failure to promptly investigate and handle the original complaint, among other issues I don’t wish to get into, I cannot in good faith attend SonoCon as an official guest. That would at least lightly imply that I support the organization, its management, and its staff — currently, I do not and cannot.

I originally wanted to still attend, perhaps selfishly, to have a place and time to repair a friendship and relationship with somebody I truly care for. There are other times and places for such contact, if the other party ever desires it, I will not support a corrupt and malicious management team that abuses the people who support it, often with no pay or breaks. They have mistreated two personal friends of mine who volunteered at the con, and countless others. I will post the timeline:

  1. SonoCon affiliated person (staff/volunteer/free attendee who promotes the con/whatever you want to call him) directly insulted a volunteer about his weight.
  2. I find out about this, and then am told by another voulunteer that they have been called all sorts of deragatory terms. This is the same volunteer that assisted me during the roughest times at the con.
  3. I announce my decision to sever ties with SonoCon.
  4. A staff member calls me, explaining they will investigate the abusive behavior and practically begs me to stay on with Sonocon.
  5. I hear of more abusive behavior from other volunteers, and even some from attendees. I then discover that after the lovebombing phone call trying to get me to stay on, I wasn’t even printed on the con promo.
  6. I announce my displeasure with this, and the chairman of the con was too busy to handle it, and asked to “call him tomorrow”
  7. I am informed about yet more allegations of misconduct; including racist and sexist remarks made against volunteers.

At this time, I feel it is best to sever ties immediately. If there is another con in the Montgomery, AL or surrounding areas that wishes to book me, please see naiaokami.me/contact — this way I can not disappoint friends and fans. However, I will not be doing any business with Sonocon now or in the future.

If you are a guest or vendor at this con, PLEASE look into their history. I’ve heard horror stories from vendors as well. Don’t support a con that doesn’t support its guests, its voulunteers, or its fans.

~ Naia S. Ōkami

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10/05/2019

WITHDRAWAL FROM PARTICIPATION IN SONOCON IN SONOCON 2019

Effective immediately, I am withdrawing from my participation in SonoCon 2019. You may recall that I had stated that this year would be my last year attending SonoCon due to their treatment of multiple volunteers. I also stated that I would honor my commitment to my fans and appear this year. However, after disrespectful behavior towards myself that occured on part of the con staff, failure to promptly investigate and handle the original complaint, among other issues I don't wish to get into, I cannot in good faith attend SonoCon as an official guest. That would at least lightly imply that I support the organization, its management, and its staff -- currently, I do not and cannot.

I originally wanted to still attend, perhaps selfishly, to have a place and time to repair a friendship and relationship with somebody I truly care for. There are other times and places for such contact, if the other party ever desires it, I will not support a corrupt and malicious management team that abuses the people who support it, often with no pay or breaks. They have mistreated two personal friends of mine who volunteered at the con, and countless others. I will post the timeline:

1. SonoCon affiliated person (staff/volunteer/free attendee who promotes the con/whatever you want to call him) directly insulted a volunteer about his weight.

2. I find out about this, and then am told by another voulunteer that they have been called all sorts of deragatory terms. This is the same volunteer that assisted me during the roughest times at the con.

3. I announce my decision to sever ties with SonoCon. 

4. A staff member calls me, explaining they will investigate the abusive behavior and practically begs me to stay on with Sonocon.

5. I hear of more abusive behavior from other volunteers, and even some from attendees. I then discover that after the lovebombing phone call trying to get me to stay on, I wasn't even printed on the con promo.

6. I announce my displeasure with this, and the chairman of the con was too busy to handle it, and asked to "call him tomorrow"

7. I am informed about yet more allegations of misconduct; including racist and sexist remarks made against volunteers.

At this time, I feel it is best to sever ties immediately. If there is another con in the Montgomery, AL or surrounding areas that wishes to book me, please see naiaokami.me/contact -- this way I can not disappoint friends and fans. However, I will not be doing any business with Sonocon now or in the future.

If you are a guest or vendor at this con, PLEASE look into their history. I've heard horror stories from vendors as well. Don't support a con that doesn't support its guests, its voulunteers, or its fans.

~ Naia S. Ōkami
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Naia is most known for the internet meme "On all levels except physical, I am a wolf." She's been in the therianthropy community since she was twelve years old and she was featured on both LogoTV and MTV. Naia is also a public speaker on therianthropy & otherkin, disability advocacy, and transgender identity. 🐺

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