Inaugural Pride Con event canceled without refunding ticketholders

Pride Con 2016

Just ten days away from Pride Con’s inaugural event in Anaheim, Calif. – a first year convention focused on the LGBT online video community – the organizers have canceled the event and elected not to refund ticketholders.

Two days prior to the cancellation, the event used their Twitter account to tell attendees that without a sudden boost in ticket sales or donations, they wouldn’t have enough cash to pay the venue. They asked wavering attendees to purchase their tickets, and others to donate whatever they could, even offering a $2,000 “lifetime” pass to the convention.

Thai Pham, CEO of ‘H8 M3 N0T Enterprises’ – the convention’s parent company – released a statement on their Twitter account that apologized to fans but explained that they would not be able to issue refunds.

Pride Con's official statement about their event's cancellation

“Unfortunately, as much as it pains me, refunds to all of our attendees cannot be given as we made deposits towards the expense of the venue rental of the hotel along with marketing expenses and other operating expenses to advertise,” wrote Pham.

The event raised over $15,000 in a Kickstarter late last year, and has since been selling tickets, exhibitor booth spaces, and sponsorship packages.

According to Long Vo, the company’s Chief Operating Officer, the event sold just 276 badges – including both single-day and 2-day ticket types.

“It was never our intention to have Pride Con go down,” said Vo. “We believe that recent horrific tragedies may have attributed [to] low badge sales as this was an event focused [on] the community.”

Many patrons are upset, some of whom had non-refundable travel plans in place.

Chris Thompson, Will ShepherdMatthew Schueller, and Parker Kit Hill were among the many popular content creators slated to attend.