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On being a handicapped CosPlayer at PortCon Maine 2017

What follows below, is a copy of a feedback letter, sent to the owners of PortCon...

A Disabled Con Goer Is Injured @ PortCon Maine 2017

A Look At What Happened And 
How It Could Have Been Prevented

I had a complaint that, is not really something you can fix, as it was not a con problem but rather a problem of extremely inconsiderate people. However, I felt I should tell you what happened so that you could be aware of the situation. Unfortunately, I ended up getting injured as a result.  

A Background on my crippled state...

First off I am crippled.

I have hip displacia since childhood and more recently I now also have 3 ruptured discs in my spine. 3 years ago I was injured, resulting in my being paralyzed for 5 months and having to relearn to walk, resulting in the muscles, nerves, and bones of my spine, hip, and knee have permanent damage, resulting in my extremely limited mobility and greet difficulty in walking, bending, sitting down, standing up, etc.

Stairs are nearly impossible hurdle for me and things like stepping up on to sidewalks and curbs, can take a few minutes as I have to stop and kind of pull my leg up with my hands.

The end result is I walk very slow, dragging my right leg, and moving with a rather noticeable limp. Because of poor circulation, I can not sit or stand still for long periods of time and have to get up and walk back and forth, to get the blood moving through my leg again.

Because of this, standing in long lines becomes extremely painful, resulting in I sit on the floor, however I can not sit on hard surfaces without putting pressure on my hip, thus you see me incorporate, very large stuffed animals into my CosPlays (this year, BoomFuzzy was carrying an giant pink donut, while Quaraun was carrying a huge pink unicorn) so that I can sit on the stuffed animal while waiting in line. I would not be able to physically wait in the long lines if I was not adding these giant stuffed animals into my CosPlays.

So, that's a backdrop of my disability, so you understand how it is I came to be injured on Saturday.


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Handicap Parking @ PortCon 2017

Inconsiderate Con Goers Forcing More The A Dozen Disabled CosPlayers The Park In None Handicapped Spots, As Much As 5 Acres From The PortCon Event

As I said, I got injured at the con. Here's what happened: First off, on Thursday when I arrived, the first thing I noticed is that there are 7 handicap parking spaces in the hotel parking lot. However, 6 of the 7 cars in those spots did not have handicap plates of hanging placecards.

I know there are at least 3 wheelchair bound CosPlayer, and several (at least a dozen) on walkers and canes with injuries similar to mine, all of them come every year and do in fact desperately need those parking spaces, but most of which had to park very long distances from the hotel, due to the fact that, so many non-handicapped people were parking in the handicapped spots.

Now, for me, because I need to get up and walk around every hour, I don't mind parking a distance away, because walking to my car that distance, gets my leg circulating again. But others, like Lorraine "mama con"can not move very far distances and need the handicap parking very desperately.

Non-handi capped cars parking in handi capped spots was a very big issue this year. Several times throughout all 4 days, I would see one car pull out and seconds later a different non-handicap car pull into the spot. Over the course of the 4 days, several dozen non-handicapped cars parked in those 7 handicapped spots allowing no option for people who were handi capped and in need of those spots, to park there. 

Thus I was wondering, could you possibly add a mention on the website and in the schedule booklet, of the importance of the handicapped parking spaces, for the people who actually are handicapped and really do need to park in those places? And perhaps, also ask the security staff to be on the look out for non-handicapped cars pulling in and ask the people to park elsewhere, as required by state law.

(State law requires non-handicapped cars be towed and impounded - it's a $250 fee to get your car out of impound and a $500 court fine and 3 points removed from your driver's license; - parking in a handicapped spot with a non-marked car is a very serious offence, as it is considered endangering lives, and doing it 3 times, results in jail time. Repeat offenders can have their license suspended, and repeat fins go up and can reach as much as $10,000 if a person is injured as a result of having to park far away, as a result of your car being in a spot they should have been allowed to use. In other words - Maine law sees parking in handicap spots as a very serious criminal offence.

I believe perhaps people are unaware of just how serious an offence the law considers it to be, or how badly a person can become injured as a result of their being inconsiderate and parking in handicap spots.


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Handicap BathRoom Stalls @ PortCon 2017

Inconsiderate Con Goers Forcing Disabled CosPlayers To Have Accidents In Halls, As Non-Disabled CosPlayers Pile Into The HandiCap Stalls To Change Costumes

Moving on... the next thing I noticed is, because of my previously mentioned injury resulting in nerve and muscle damage, one of my problems is bladder issues and the need to use the rest rooms to pee on an abnormal frequency, pretty much every hour, sometimes as many as 3 times an hour.

The hotel, has handi cap stalls in the bathrooms - a very large stall that can hold multiple people, but is that size for wheelchair accessibility. This stall also has much needed hand bars on the walls, for people with walkers or canes (like myself).

Like the handicapped spots in the parking lot, the handicap stall in the bathrooms are very much needed by the handicapped people.

Now me, I can use the none handicap stalls, though it is difficult. But someone with a wheelchair can't.

And there was one woman who did have an accident because stalls were being used to change costumes and it was brought up in the feedback after the con. I was coming out of the rest room, just as she and 2 other girls who were helping her came rushing in, with the poor girl desperatly needing to get into a stall and vomiting all over the rest of the restroom, because she could not do so.

There were several people complaining of this afterwards, saying she either was not eating enough or was not drinking enough water.... I don't know why she was vomitting, all I know is she needed to get into a bathroom stall and it was an issue.

Unfortunately, in spite of the con putting up signs on the doors which very clearly stated "no changing costumes", I ran into the following problem, all 4 days of the event: I would enter the rest room to find, the handicapped stall, contained 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, or more girls, giggling, laughing, talking, and changing costumes, in the handicapped stall.

On Saturday, there was a space of time when there were no events I was interested in going to for a bit, so I waiting in the bathroom, waiting to use the handicapped stall, to see how long I would have to wait.

45 minutes.

I waited 45 minutes, while 4 girls all in the handicapped stall together, changed their costumes and put on their makeup, in the handicapped stall.

In the ONE and ONLY, single, solitary, handi capped stall available for the more then 2 dozen handicapped event goers.

And so, again, I was wondering, could you possibly add a mention on the website and in the schedule booklet, of the importance of the handicapped bathroom stalls, for the people who actually are handicapped and really do need use them for, you know, peeing and pooping, many of whom have bladder control issues and can not wait 45 minutes for a crowd of girls to come out of the stall?

The handi caped stall is oversize to accommodate wheelchairs and people with oxygen tanks and such, it's not oversize so you can pack a crowd of giggling girls into it for their chat sessions and changing of costumes.

Disabled CosPlayer Injured @ PortCon 2017

Inconsiderate Con Goers Cause A Disabled CosPlayer To Become Injured, When They Block Entrances And Tamper With Hotel Fixtures

And thirdly, here's how I got hurt, and yes it was reported to the hotel and they did fix the issue, as it was a very bad safety hazard.

The hotel manager was very considerate and very helpful, and was deeply concerned about the issue and was even ready to get an ambulance for me, though I did not need one.

And so you know, if someone gets hurt, law requires they report it to the hotel manager, and the hotel does have first aid available for such situations.

So, here's what happened. All around the hotel are flowers and thus, under the ground is a water hose system to water said flowers. It goes along the outer edge of the sidewalks.

At the registration entrance, under the awning, was one such hose, which someone saw partly exposed, and for whatever reason, decided to pull out of the ground, leaving it in an awkward loop, about 2 or 3 inches above the ground, for a space of about 3 feet. It was not like this on Thursday or Friday, but was like this on Saturday.

The registration entrance sidewalk, under the awning was one of the few places with shade, as such, very large crowds of 40+ people were gathering under the awning, completely blocking off any ability to get from the door of the hotel to the parking lot. Many of them smoking, while standing in front of a sign, clearly marked as "No smoking in this area".

The only way to get passed this huge crowd, was to squeeze between them and the flowers along the side of the building, while also trying to maneuver around the entanglement of hose that had been pulled up out of the ground. As stated above, I have a lame leg.

I can not lift my leg, but rather it drags along beside me as I pull myself along with my other leg and my cane.

Stepping down off the sidewalk is a chore.

Stepping back up onto the sidewalk is a nightmare.

Trying to step over the entanglement of garden hose is a near impossibility.

I tried asking the crowd to let me through, but that many people in that small a space, all talking at once, my voice was lost and unheard by any of them. As stated before, I can not sit or stand motionless for long periods and must walk back and forth to keep circulation in my lame leg. This was one of those times.

I also have a high need for water intake (again due to blood circulation issues) and thus at events like this keep a cooler and case of water in my car (drinking a 16oz bottle of water every hour).

And so I was walking to my car both to circulate my leg and to get a new bottle of water. I was attempting to walk from the hotel to my car, but every inch of sidewalk under the awning was jam packed with people.

The only way to get around them was to step off the sidewalk, attempt to maneuver around the plants and garden hose, then get back up on the sidewalk on the other side of the crowd, which I attempted to do, after they refused to move off the sidewalk. In doing so, I got my lame leg tangled in the exposed garden hose, and fell, slamming my good leg, knee first onto the cement corner-curb edging of the sidewalk.

My knee is badly scrapped and bruised, however, it would have been worse, as in my fall, I also hit my head... thankfully, I was at the time CosPlaying BoomFuzzy the Unicorn, a candy wizard, and as stated above thus carrying and humongous beanbag chair sized pink donut, which I landed on. Had I not been carrying and thus landed on that donut, I would have slammed my face on the sidewalk, very likely breaking my jaw and nose.

Carrying the giant stuffed animal is the only thing that prevented my injury from being very serious and requiring going to the hospital. Had I not been carrying that, I would have been very seriously injured.

The Hotel Manager Steps In To Restore Order...
And the Hotel's Response & 
Reaction To Someone Being Injured On Their Property...

Seeing me fall, the crowd that had previously not moved to let me pass, quickly gathered, helped me up and made sure I was okay.

One girl, also on a cane, said the exact same thing had happened to her only a half hour prior.

A boy said he'd been sitting on the rocks across there, most of the day, and had seen dozens of people trip and fall over that hose as a result of trying to maneuver around the crowd that was staying under the awning to avoid the noon sun.

I called my boyfriend (who was not at the con, but lived near by) and he arrived minutes later. He helped me with my bruised leg, and then, went to the hotel front desk and asked to talk to the hotel manager.

The manager came out and offered first aid, but we had already done that, and then wanted to see the location. After being told what happened and seeing the hose, he quickly had the hotel staff block off the sides of the sidewalk under the awning to prevent any one getting hurt on the hose again.

After that, a hotel security (not a con security) was seen every few minutes patrolling the sidewalks and asking people to leave whenever crowds tried to gather on the sidewalks. From noon Saturday till the end of the con on Sunday, he continued to do this and there was no more crowds gathered on the sidewalks blocking traffic after that.

And so, again, I was wondering, could you possibly add a mention on the website and in the schedule booklet, of the importance of not loitering on the sidewalks, as well as not tampering with the hotel property?

This incident could have been avoided, had someone not pulled the hotel's watering system out from under the ground and had the crowd not been blocking the sidewalk.

My good leg is hurt now, resulting in, it'll be several days before I can move around. My left leg is near useless, and it was my right knee that was hurt in the fall.

As it is not a serious injury, it'll be healed in a week, but it posses to cause long term complications as I do need to get up and walk to increase circulation, and now I can't do that for an entire week, which could cause issues.

While a bruised knee is only a minor injury to a non-disabled person, for someone with limited mobility and the resulting circulation issues that come with limited mobility, a small bruise can be life threatening, which most people simply do not realize.

Anyways, that was my complaint. The con itself was great. I loved all the events I attended and made new friends and saw old friends and had a great time.

Like I said my complaint was not an issue of the con itself, and not really something you can prevent as it was an issue of inconsiderate people being inconsiderate. But perhaps, if it was mentioned in the schedule booklet, the importance of handicap parking spots and handicap bathroom stalls to actual handicapped people, as well as the safety issues involved with blocking sidewalks and tampering with hotel property, perhaps it'll help people to be less ignorant of the fact they were being inconsiderate?

I don't believe people were going out of their way to be inconsiderate to disabled people, I think it just didn't cross their minds to think - maybe the large stall in the bathroom is there for a reason, maybe those parking spaces are near the door for a reason.

It is my hope that in writing this, people become more aware of the reasons why the hotel provided those bathroom stalls and parking spaces, and the importance of why the con put up signs saying to not block halls, doors, and sidewalks... it is for the safety of every one, that these things are in place.


You Can Find Out More Information On How I Became Crippled/Why I'm On a Cane Here:





























Even more videos about the Ku Klux Klan's Terrorist attacks on the LGBTQ+ residents of Old Orchard Beach, can be found here.








Articles About PortCon Maine 2017

These pages are currently being built. The links will go live as each page goes online.

PortCon 2017

PortCon 2017 Panel Reviews

The Foundations of Worldbuilding - Best Panel Ever!

The Poetry Workshop - A Review of my 2nd fave panel

Yaoi Madlibs

Tatas GTFO

The REAL Hentai

Your First RolePlaying Game

Back To Riverdale

Mark Out, StoryTelling In Wrestling

Geek Jeopardy

Show Don't Tell

From Your Brain To Amazon

Undertale: The Panel I Walked Out Of

Character Creation

Gender @ Con

Lolita Fashion 101

J-Fashion 101

Costume Makeup on a Budget

Comic Universes & You

MACE'S "So I have a CosPlay, now what?"

LGBT in Anime - a Ranting Review on Why This Panel Pissed Me Off (the only bad review you'll find here)

PortCon 2017 Vlogs

Pre-Con Prep Vlogs

Day 1 Vlogs

Day 2 Vlogs

Day 3 Vlogs

Day 4 Vlogs

Thoughts After The Con Vlogs

General Issues & Experiences
While At PortCon 2017

On being a handicapped CosPlayer

My encounter with a guy who thinks girl gamers know nothing

Things That Can't Be Unseen - The panel I did not attend and why

Hatoful Boyfriend Comes To PortCon! YAY! & Why I Did Not Attend The Panel About My Favorite Game :(

PortCon Goes Green: A Cup Free Event

Crowd Control Issues - The Mob At The Garage Sale Opening, and The Extreme Safety Issues It Caused

Transgender in Maine: A Comparison Of How Two of Maine's Largest Hotels Have Treated Me: Too Gay For Old Orchard Beach vs The Hotel Manager Who Helps a TransPerson Injured At His Hotel

Life With The Paranormal: Uhm... yeah...about that...

CosPlaying Quaraun & BoomFuzzy
PortCon 2017 Edition

Quaraun the Insane CosPlay - PortCon 2017 Edition

BoomFuzzy the Unicorn CosPlay - PortCon 2017 Edition


PortCon Novels:

The City of the Slushies:

PortCon 2017 Inspires A Brand New Quaraun Novel

The City of the Slushies Chapter Index

Flamboyant Nipples

PortCon 2017 Helps To Flesh Out A Quaraun Novel-in-Progress

Flamboyant Nipples Chapter Index








The Dungeons & Dragons Articles:



Meet My D&D Player Characters:

 The Chaotic Neutral Mind Flayer Wizard-Priest

(ZooLock the Great)

Lawful Good Space Cat

(Empress EelKat)

The Chaotic Evil Faerie (Phooka/Unicorn) Illusionist Necromancer

(King Gwallmaiic aka BoomFuzzy the Unicorn aka The Elf Eater of Pepper Valley)

The Chaotic Good Gnome Illusionist/Thief

(BeaLuna the Faerie Hunter)

The Chaotic Neutral Half-Dwarf/Half-Troll Barbarian

(Bullgaar the Vulgar)


Sadly I've not played in a D&D game group since I was beaten up at Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) November 14, 2013 and left paralyzed for 5 months, relearned to walk for 18 months, and am still now in 207 crippled and with very limited mobility. A 4 door white truck left the scene.

The FBI believes this attacker to be the same person who blew up my house with a bomb on October 18, 2006.

The 4-door white truck has Maine plate #: 1459 US.

More information can be found HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE.

If you know the driver of this truck, they are wanted for 2 counts of attempted murder, the bombing of my house, the kidnapping of my cats, the murder/beheading of my cousin, and more than 200 terrorist attacks on LGBTQ residents of Old Orchard Beach, Maine. Please give any information you have to the identity of this very dangerous criminal to:

FBI Agent 
Andy Drewer 
@ (207) 774-9322  



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Please Note: The Quaraun Series Is Rated M18+ and you must be 18 or older to buy it.

Most pages on EelKat.com are about writing Yaoi, and thus probably is NSFW; reader discretion is advised.

Why is the Quaraun Series Rated M18+?


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  35. How To Write A Stage Play Script Frenzy 2010 Writing Dialogue
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  37. An Elf Gone Mad: The Rise of The Pink Necromancer
  38. A Field of Poppies On The Road To Witch Pond | Summoner of Darkness
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  42. Online Income: The Reality vs The Fantasy
  43. OtherKin: My 30th Anniversary of Being Transgender
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Where to get ideas

  1. Story Prompts & Writing Dares
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  3. Daily Writing Prompts June 2017

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The Quaraun Series On Amazon:

I am wondering why has Amazon moved the Quaraun books to the category "Transgender Romance" and also "Gay Erotica"? The base story is a deeply depressed, suicidal, drug addict Elf who's lover commit suicide and he's trying not to do the same. It's an old Elf in a tavern, monologuing a lot of flashbacks and back story scenes of his youth. These stories are dark, bloody, angsty, full of drug use, murder, rape, Medieval torture, mental/physical/emotional abuse, and references to depression and suicide - no romance in it, unless you count the occasional (and usually brutally violent) rape scenes that show up in nearly every volume - sorry - no clue what Amazon is thinking or why they moved these to Romance and Erotica, but these books are NOT even close to being Romance or Erotica on any level at all. When I published these books I put them in "Dark Fantasy" and "Yaoi". If they show up in any category other then "Dark Fantasy" and "Yaoi", it's because Amazon put them there without my authorization or approval.

~EelKat