The LGBTIQ Women’s Conference is committed to meaningful inclusion, diversity and access. It aims to create safer spaces to strengthen the health and wellbeing of all LGBTIQ women, including Aboriginal women and Sistergirls, women of colour, women with disabilities, trans, gender diverse and intersex women.

We acknowledge that striving for best practice and positive health outcomes for all women requires meaningful engagement and fostering a cross-sector response that embeds these principles in all aspects of our work.

Safety and inclusion are central to the online conference space. We invite participants to approach the conference and other delegates with openness and thoughtfulness regarding other people’s knowledge, experience and identities.

Please keep in mind that the conference is open to everyone, and often attracts an incredibly diverse audience.

The 2021 LGBTIQ Women’s Health Conference aims to be a safe and welcoming space for all members of our communities

While we encourage healthy discussions, we will not allow comments that are discriminatory. This includes transphobic, homophobic, biphobic, racist, ableist or misogynist comments, or comments that are discriminatory towards sex work or sex workers, or any other protected minorities.

Please keep in mind that many of the people speaking today, and many of the people in our audience, are part of the communities we are discussing. Please be respectful of each other and only use other peoples pronouns where they are clearly stated. If you don’t know someone’s pronouns, please use their name.

MISGENDERING 

Misgendering occurs when language does not match how someone identifies. We ask that all delegates respect and replicate the language that someone uses to describe their own genders and experiences.

Consider not just the use of pronouns, but also gendered relationship terms like ‘mother’, ‘girlfriend’, or ‘brother’. If you don’t have confirmation from the person you’re referring to, consider using non-gender specific terms like ‘partner’, ‘sibling’, or ‘parent’.

Be considerate when describing people’s bodies or genders and do not assume that physical characteristics, defined in terms of binary, medically-defined sex, indicate gender.

Confirm a person’s pronoun directly with them rather than assuming. Check with them privately, rather than in a public space or session. If there is no opportunity to do so, use their name rather than a pronoun.

If you’re unfamiliar with gender neutral and/or neo (new) pronouns, we recommend familiarising yourself with TransHub’s guide to pronouns

SUPPORT

Many of the sessions and conversations within the conference may provoke strong emotional or personal responses.

Support is available via QLife, a national counselling and referral service for LGBTIQ people. You can call or contact them online any time between 3.00pm and midnight: qlife.org.au

PERMISSION & PRIVACY

We encourage everyone to share their experiences of the conference and engage in sharing and distributing knowledge. We ask that when you share information regarding another person you are mindful of the way that the speaker has framed their identity or described their experiences, body, gender, relationship or sexuality.

We also invite you to obtain consent when sharing any image or recording of a person and to particularly keep this in mind during workshops. Please do not share any contact information or identifiable information of other people without their explicit consent.

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