Quidditch Community Supports “Black Lives Matter”
US Quidditch (USQ) is supporting the fight against racism. Muggle quidditch is founded on the principles of diversity and inclusion – for example, the gender maximum rule. Despite this strive for inclusion, USQ realized now that it’s always been a White-led organization.
Although gender diversity and inclusion have been critical to our mission since the organization’s founding, race has been a blind spot, and we have only begun to focus on the experiences of Black people and people of color in our community and the barriers they face in fully participating in our sport.
USQ is now striving to create a safe place for everyone, to better include people of all races, and to promote diversity. The leaders of USQ are working on changing brand guidelines and realized that for the past five years it was more focused on gender representation than on the race.
USQ is also cooperating with Major League Quidditch (MLQ) and will cohost a series of town halls for Black and non-Black people of color this summer. It is meant to get feedback from people of color on what actions they would like to see from USQ, MLQ, and other quidditch communities.
The IQA World Cup might not be safe for people of color.
The quidditch community is not exactly satisfied with current situations in the United States and that the next IQA World Cup will held there next year. Jamie Lafrance, a person of color, wrote an open letter to the International Quidditch Association (IQA) in which he asks to relocate IQA World Cup 2021. He suggests that all national governing bodies (NGBs) should decide not to go to the tournament until it’s relocated somewhere else. One of his arguments is that the tournament would be held in Richmond, Virginia, which is part of the South. This is just one of the reasons why he doesn’t feel safe attending the 2021 Cup.
People from the quidditch community agreed with his letter and support him. The IQA wants to make a safe environment for everyone who attends the IQA World Cup. It started making a new BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of color) committee, and applications were open until June 24.
This committee will be asked to gather feedback on the location of World Cup 2021 and provide a recommendation to the IQA Board of Trustees, as well as to advise the IQA Events Department on an improved location selection process that is more inclusive and mindful of the safety of our players, volunteers and spectators.