I wanted to reach out to you for a few reasons. One,
we would like to reimburse you for your travel for FFF53, as promised. I
have an address for you from Flea 52; with your permission, I will send your
travel reimbursement check to that address. However; if that doesn’t work,
there are other options for getting you your reimbursement; I am committed to
finding a mutually agreeable way. I want to say thank you for presenting the
Flow Arts lounge; it is a very unique area of interest and was very valued for
Summer Flea 53.
communication via email with you between May and July 27th was less than clear
in the expectations set and guidelines provided regarding the content and
structure of the proposed handout. I take responsibility for this and I should
have been more direct and specific on all fronts from the start with you in
pertaining to your presence at Summer Flea 53. For this lack of efficient
communication, I want to apologize. Had I been more clear and provided all
information and communication in a timely manner; including following up with
you as a point of contact more frequently than I had, I have faith that we
could have avoided any sort of situation. Again, for this lack of
communication, and for how things were handled because of it, I apologize.
As Director of
Programming, my position demands a high level of communication and follow
through; in ways that I did not fulfill. This weekend’s events – and the events
leading up to it – have sparked conversation among the entire NELA Board as to
how we can improve communication with presenters, their assistants as well as
our vendors and volunteers. Please know that I am in full commitment to
improve my communication with presenters and with all parties involved
(including assistants and co-presenters). As the primary point of contact for
presenters and hosts in educational capacities, moving forward I will be more
explicit with regards to the rules and guidelines for, as well as,
accommodations that are available to presenters. Presenters/hosts
are engaged in the community to educate and my responsibility is to facilitate
that process rather than hinder it.
Nothing I say
can change what happened to you and what you experienced this past weekend.
This experience has made me realize that I need to do better by the standards
of the greater kink community. Thank you again for hosting the Flow Arts lounge
and for reading this today. If further conversation with me would help you to
heal, I am open to that.
[Director of Programming]
In addition to the above statement made directly to
Skyla, the NELA Board of Directors echoes their sentiments and, acknowledges
the harm and hurt caused by our insufficient communication leading up to and
our actions taken at Summer Flea 53 to presenters Skyla, Belle, and RopeRider
for which we sincerely and humbly apologize. We also acknowledge that other
folks were impacted by the events of FFF53; including the harm and hurt caused
to the greater New England kink community and online communities. For all of
this, we are truly sorry.
Sleepy, Leah, Echo, Julie, Heather and Richard
The NELA Board of Directors