Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

This Code of Conduct pertains to all events produced by Brain Lair Books, The Brain Lair Bookstore, Brain Lair LLC, and its affiliates.


We aim to build a stronger community centered around the discussion of inclusive literature. Our goal is to create an environment where traditionally marginalized voices feel welcome to participate, speak up, ask questions, and engage in conversation. This requires a harassment-free and inclusive environment that recognizes the inherent worth of every participant. We invite all those who participate to help us create safe and positive experiences for everyone.

We are dedicated to providing a harassment-free environment for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, or religion (or lack thereof). We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form.

All attendees, speakers, sponsors, and volunteers at any Brain Lair LLC event are required to agree with the following Code of Conduct.


This code of conduct outlines our expectations for participant behavior as well as the consequences for unacceptable behavior.


Expected Behavior

  • Be considerate, respectful, and collaborative.

  • Respect peoples’ opinions, beliefs, experiences, and differing points of view.

  • Respect everyone’s identity and background, including pronouns and names. Do not assume anyone’s gender identity, sexual preference, survivor status, economic status, background, health, etc.

  • Be aware of your personal biases and prejudices.

  • Respect people’s personal space.


Unacceptable Behavior

During any Brain Lair LLC event, no speaker, attendee, staff member, sponsor, or volunteer, should engage in harassment in any form, including, but not limited to:

  • offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, disability; 

  • inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images and links in public spaces (including presentation slides and virtual event text chat); 

  • deliberate intimidation, stalking or following; 

  • harassing photography or recording; 

  • sustained disruption of talks or other events; 

  • inappropriate contact, 

  • unwelcome sexual attention, 

  • Creating/contributing to a safety threat or unsafe or exclusionary situation and,/span>

  • Disruption of virtual meetings (e.g., “zoom-bombing”) or engaging in harm or threats of harm of any kind. 


Participants engaging in harassing behavior will be removed immediately and banned from the current and successive events.


We expect participants to follow these rules at conferences, workshops, and all online and offline venues, as well as any social media-based events. Brain Lair LLC is the sole judge as to whether a code of conduct violation has occurred. 


Reporting an Incident

Brain Lair Books events will have a monitor on hand. If you see, overhear, or experience a violation of the Code of Conduct during an event,  virtual or in-person, and would like to report the violation, please email us at