Allow same-sex couples in SCA Crown Tourneys
  • Petitioned Kimberly Harvey

This petition was delivered to:

Society for Creative Anachronism, Society Seneschal
Kimberly Harvey
SCA Board of Directors
The Society for Creative Anachronism, Board of Directors

Allow same-sex couples in SCA Crown Tourneys

    1. Ariel Caspe-Detzer
    2. Petition by

      Ariel Caspe-Detzer

      Seattle, WA

The Society for Creative Anachronism is an organization which recreates the Middle Ages "as it should have been." Despite commitment to gender and racial equality for its members, The Society for Creative Anachronism bans same-gender couples from entering its most important tournaments--the tournaments to select kingdom rulers.

It has been argued that the rule banning same-sex couples from Royal Lists does not constitute discrimination because LGBTQ fighters are not banned from entering the tourney. However, such fighters may only enter as long as they enter with and fight for an "inspiration" of the opposite gender.

This petition holds that such a rule does, in fact, constitute discrimination because the tourney can ONLY be entered as a couple, and same-sex COUPLES are not permitted. Further, because same-sex couples cannot enter the tourney, those couples are denied access to the most important leadership roles in the SCA--ruling over kingdoms.

This petition submits that such a ban is not only a violation of the civil rights of LGBTQ SCA members, it is anathema to the core values of the SCA which is dedicated to re-creating the past "as it should have been"--a better version of an idealized time without warfare, religious intolerance, and plague.

A rule which systematically discriminates against a class of people is not a better version of the past. It is not "the Middle Ages as they should have been." We therefore ask the board to change the governing documents of the SCA so that same sex-couples may enter Crown Tournaments in all Kingdoms.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 750 signatures
    2. What is the Society for Creative Anacronism

      Ariel Caspe-Detzer
      Petition Organizer

      We are a historical recreation group dedicated to studying and recreating pre-17th century Medieval European culture.

    3. What the Inspirational Equality movement has been up to

      Ariel Caspe-Detzer
      Petition Organizer

      For those new to this issue, here is an article on one of the actions of the Inspirational Equality Advocacy group last summer

    4. Reached 25 signatures
    5. Facebook page for Inspirational Equality advocacy group

      Ariel Caspe-Detzer
      Petition Organizer

      Check out the community working for equality for same-sex couples in SCA Crown Tournaments

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    • Robyn Bainter AUSTIN, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      Everyone should be able to fight for the one who inspires them

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    • Sabrina McCoy ALOHA, OR
      • over 2 years ago

      As a lesbian transwoman in the SCA, I have no wish to be a second-class member.

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    • Fawn Patton FAIRFIELD, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      1) Same gender co-rulers are historically documentable, and should be included as a matter of historical fact.

      2) As a lesbian member of the SCA since 1991, I hold no titles that require entering a tourney, because I refuse to participate in a process that discriminates against me and my partners. I am rarely active in the SCA any longer, because I have consistently felt discriminated against, and denied the same opportunites that others take for granted.

      3) The last time I publicly agitated for the right to sit on a consort throne next to my loved one, the same way any other Dreamer may, I was subjected to a hateful flamewar on the Caid list. The SCA's discriminatory policies give tacit permission for homophobes within the group to be obnoxious and hateful, and the homophobes took full advantage of that permission to essentially hound me off the Caid list. I recieved threats of personal violence, though always delivered off list in private where I could not easily pursue action. The SCA needs to very seriously consider how it's policies encourage its members to behave.

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    • John Capobianco FARMINGDALE, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      It is about time, and I'm sure we can find a period reference.

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      • over 2 years ago

      Discrimination is wrong, first and foremost, and secondly there is precedent of same-sex co-rulers.

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