Gender Journey Mid (ZOOM) Atlantic is designed to be a safe and respectful space. We recognize that everyone is in different phases of their journey. It is important that there is plenty of room to explore ideas, express feelings or simply listen knowing that this is a supportive space in which to be heard. In order to make room for each person’s perspective and experiences, we ask you to observe the following guidelines. If you have any questions or concerns, please check in with the Room Moderator of your individual session and/or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be open to the realities of others
Recognize and respect the presence of many perspectives and truths in the room.
Each of us has had our own experiences. What may be true for one person may not be for another. Avoid discussing your experience in a way that silences or erases someone else’s.
Use “I” statements
Speak from your own personal experience, understanding, and feelings; use “I” statements and avoid generalizations and assumptions of other experiences.
Instead of: “Everyone knows that as kids get older…” Try: “As my child has gotten older, I have observed…”
Embrace gender inclusive language
We understand that gender is on a spectrum and we acknowledge that there are more than two genders. In order to create a more inclusive space for everyone, please be aware of your use of gendered language. For example, we encourage you to use kid, kiddo, or child instead of son or daughter. Use sibling instead of brother and sister. Use parent or caregiver instead of mom and dad.
Acknowledging and using someone’s pronouns is a way to respect their experience and humanity.
If you don’t know someone’s pronouns, ask them.
Stories stay, lessons leave
In our discussions, participants are encouraged to share openly and authentically.
As we learn together, we encourage you to share those lessons, but without sharing details like names or other personal details outside of the session/discussion.
Watch your airtime
Each story is unique and valuable.
If you share a lot, consider making space for others.
If you share less, consider offering your story to the space.
Assume positive intent
It's so easy to see a behavior and assume the worst – or even just assume that we know that person's motivation. Instead consider, "maybe they are saying something to me that I'm not hearing."
Please know that we take very seriously creating a brave and inclusive space. Should anyone feel as if they have in some way felt excluded, silenced, or negatively impacted while attending this gathering, we wish to know about it. We are committed to not only listening, but also truly hearing concerns about each attendee’s sense of safety while here. Should you need to connect with a Gender Journey Mid (ZOOM) Atlantic staff member about any issue that has made you feel uncomfortable or unable to fully participate, please email us at email@example.com.