The LBQ 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 LBQ women, including Aboriginal women and Sistergirls, women of colour, women with disabilities, trans, gender diverse and intersex women.

We respect that experiences of lesbian, bisexual and queer sexuality can intersect with diverse gender experiences, intersex status and all forms of marginalisation that women experience. 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 physical and 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.

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.

SUPPORT

Many of the sessions and conversations within the conference may provoke strong emotional or personal responses. There is a support team of ACON counsellors on hand throughout the two days. These counsellors are accredited, professional, and everything you talk to them about is confidential. They will offer you referrals to other services if you require.

For more details: ACON Counselling Services

Support is also 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. http://www.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.