Safer Spaces

Arisia offers spaces to help our diverse members feel more secure in their convention experiences. Our spaces include:

Gender-free restrooms

Arisia, in cooperation with the Westin hotel, will again offer gender-free restrooms in addition to binary gendered restrooms. Everybody deserves to be welcome and everybody deserves to use a bathroom that aligns with their gender identity and where they can be safe. Gender-free restrooms are open to everyone regardless of gender identity. We request that you respect others' choice of restroom and refrain from making assumptions — what people look like or how they present is not always fully representative of their gender identity.

Gender-free restrooms are in two locations: On 3W behind the panel rooms outside Bullfinch, and on 2E outside Marina.

Safer Space for Arisians of Color

Room 507
Friday: 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Sat/Sun: 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Monday: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Building on the success of the People of Color meetups, this year we're pleased to offer a permanent space for Arisians of color to rest, unwind, and connect. The meetups provided a place for members of our community to meet each other and share stories and support. This space strives to provide the same thing over the duration of the convention, in addition to the more active engagement provided by the meetups.

For the safety and comfort of its users, the Safer Space for Arisians of Color will be staffed exclusively by volunteers who are people of color.

Quiet Room

The Quiet Room will be open:
Friday 6pm–8pm
Sat/Sun 10am–8pm
Monday 10am–1pm

Fluorescent lights, crowding, and the sheer amount of stimuli in our convention spaces can be challenging for many attendees. For the past several years, Arisia has had a Quiet Room, a quiet, low-light respite from the convention.

This year, for greater comfort, we are using the living room of a suite. We have some simple rules for the space:

  • Due to allergen concerns this is a food free space. We have water for drinking.
  • If there is a need to speak, voices need to be kept low.
  • Keep cellphone and laptop use to a minimum and turn off ringers and sounds.

We also ask that people not use this as a sleeping space, though closed eyes are totally acceptable. A few quiet activities such as reading or puzzle making (puzzles provided) are also acceptable.

Everyone is welcome to come take a quiet break. People who may have autism, social anxieties, be light-sensitive, prone to migraines, or with other medical needs will be given preference if the room is getting crowded.