The organizers and volunteers of the Queerness and Games Conference are committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and safe space for all participants. This means every step will be taken to ensure no one is mistreated or disadvantaged because of ability, socioeconomic status, race, sexuality, age, gender, nationality, or any other factor. We recognize that many people are coming to our conference with different understandings of privilege and social oppression, and mistakes may happen. Because of this, it is paramount that we encourage attendees to speak when they can about something that bothers them, and for those who misstep to be open to correcting their behavior. We expect this to be a lively and friendly event where everyone treats each other with respect.
Here are some guidelines to follow:
-Avoid making assumptions about other people’s identity, including, but not limited to, race, sex, and gender. Let others disclose the information they choose to, and if you absolutely must know something (like preferred gender pronouns), don’t single a person out for their information. Offer yours first, and if you’re in a group of people, pose it to the entire group.
-Please be aware that discriminatory slurs commonly allowed in everyday life will not be welcomed at this conference. This is particularly true for ableist (pejorative associations with physical and mental abilities) and sexist (using femininity as an analogy for something negative) language, but also cissexist, classist, racist, and other terms. If you are unfamiliar with these words and someone brings them up to you, respectfully ask them or a conference organizer for help. Internet search engines are your friend, and we can point you towards a computer.
-Be mindful if you are dominating a conversation and not leaving room for others to speak. Ask others if they are comfortable with adding in their own thoughts if a discussion seems one-sided. Respect others if they say you are making them uncomfortable. If someone needs to be left alone, respect their wishes and allow them to re-engage on their own terms.
-Refrain from publicly shaming other participants and report your concerns to a conference organizer. Organizers will respond to these issues as a community so we can all learn together. Those who do act in a manner that makes others feel unsafe, especially after an initial encounter, will be asked to leave the conference.
(Inclusivity statement adapted with permission from writing by the organizers of Different Games.)