React JS returns in November – LGBTQ not invited

The React Eurasia conference (formerly React Europe) finally returned to its in-person roots in November after two years of online-only events.

Good news for fanatics: If you hate the LGBTQPIA+ community and don’t want to attend STEM events with gay people, then you are in luck!

The event takes place in the United Arab Emirates. Conference organizers announced the venue earlier today along with a glowing recommendation for host city Dubai:

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We’re excited to announce that ReactEurope, now ReactEurasia, will be back in person in November 2022!

ReactEurope has always had a very diverse audience from both Europe and Asia who for years have asked us to move the conference closer to home.

We were looking for a venue for this 8th edition that would be close to all of Europe, Asia and North Africa and found a great location in the heart of these three regions, the beautiful city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, the technology hub of the region with a cosmopolitan lifestyle mixed with local culture.

November offers the best weather of the year in Dubai, neither too hot nor too cold with pristine beaches, desert adventures and a food scene

ReactEurope has always attracted an eager audience from all over the world, however, the Western European visa system makes it difficult for some passport holders to enter, especially for people from Africa, the Middle East, Asia and South America who are underrepresented.

Dubai is one of the easiest countries to enter without the need for a visa for most of the countries and it is also a quick and straightforward online procedure for the countries that require a visa.

It also provides modern infrastructure while still being accessible, allowing us to offer a larger, higher quality venue and side events to make sure you have a great time.

Why can’t gay people attend? Homosexuality and cross-dressing are illegal in the UAE. This means that trans people cannot attend unless they conceal their gender identity. It also means that any behavior or communication that could be considered “homosexual” is illegal.

A Scottish man was arrested in Dubai in 2017 after he accidentally put his hand on another man’s hip in an attempt to avoid having his drink spilled in a crowded bar.

What’s the worst that could happen? the death. Death is the worst that can happen. The UAE not only follows Sharia law, but has also codified laws against “homosexuality” with penalties ranging from fines, forced anal examinations, forced hormone injections, flogging and torture, to life imprisonment and even the death penalty.

Who usually attends the conference? It’s a technology conference. In the modern era, this usually means that professionals and journalists working in this field are welcome regardless of their race, gender, religion or sexual orientation.

According to the event code of conduct, everyone should You are welcome to get a ticket and attend:

Our conference is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices.

Who is responsible for this? React is a free and open source library for JS, maintained by a community of developers and Meta.

Wait dead? Is this dead? Yes, that’s dead. The one that was called Facebook.

So Meta supports holding a STEM conference in a city where gay attendees will have to risk death in order to attend? Apparently. We’ve reached out to the React conference organizers and the Meta press department with this very question A question. We will let you know if they respond.

what can I do? If you are an ally of the LGBTQPIA+ community, do not attend or support this conference. And be sure to spread the word, so we can let React, Meta, and every other STEM event organizer know we deserve to be included.

2022-06-06 18:06:00

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