Bronies Buck Gender Stereotypes at BronyCon

Last weekend, I went to BronyCon, and two of my stories from the convention have already been published. Enjoy!

Brony Love: Lauren Faust, Bitch magazine

“Everypony, without further ado we’d like to introduce the creator of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Lauren Faust!” Four thousand fans leap from their chairs. The predominantly male crowd claps and whistles and screams Faust’s name, the auditorium echoing with their cheers.

When Lauren Faust developed the idea for a new iteration of Hasbro’s animated show My Little Pony, the last place she thought it would land her was here, on a stage in front of thousands of screaming men. Read more…

BronyCon: Men Who Love “My Little Pony”, Slate

“I’m a thirty-year-old man, happily married for five years, working as a defense contractor in conservative Georgia… and I dress like this,” says a man who prefers to go by the name “Faron.” He’s wearing a three-piece suit and a blue wig with matching whiskers, an homage to the animated character Mr. Fancy Pants.

Faron is one of 4,000 bronies—grown men who are obsessed with My Little Pony—in attendance at BronyCon, a convention that took place outside of Manhattan over the weekend. Another 3,500 fans streamed the event online. Read more…

I was also pleased to see these pieces highlighted on Equestria Daily and Derpy Hooves News, two brony websites. Thanks, everyone, for your support!

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