SAFER SPACES AND SOBER PLACES

Every­one shows up at IDA with their own his­to­ries, strug­gles, and heal­ing edges, needs, and desires. More than any­thing, we hope that WHSH is an oppor­tu­nity to have fun and learn with other queer peo­ple in as safe a place as pos­si­ble. Here are some guide­lines that we hope will make that possible:

  • Be car­ing and care­ful. Try not to use lan­guage that reflects racism, clas­sism, ableism, ageism, sex­ism, trans­pho­bia, fat­pho­bia, or other oppres­sive sys­tems, and be open to learn­ing new things about lan­guage as we fig­ure it out together.
  • Be even more car­ing and care­ful when some­one has the kind­ness to tell you when you’ve done some­thing offen­sive. Please lis­ten more than you talk and remem­ber that defen­sive­ness is the death of com­mu­nity. How we choose to resolve con­flicts lays the ground­work for the world we want to live in.
  • Be mind­ful that gen­der, phys­i­cal abil­ity, and other iden­ti­ties may not be vis­i­ble at first glance. Put effort into lis­ten­ing to and hon­our­ing co-workers.
  • Respect sober spaces. Camp Bertha should not only be free of booze, etc., but also peo­ple who are in an altered state. Also, refrain from smok­ing out­side of des­ig­nated smok­ing areas. Do your best to make IDA a wel­com­ing space for all queer people.
  • Pay atten­tion to self-care as well as IDA-care. Stay hydrated, take breaks, lis­ten, and let oth­ers know if your feel unsafe phys­i­cally of emotionally.
  • Hav­ing a hard moment? Check in with the health­care crew — they are ready to help with phys­i­cal and mental-health sup­ports includ­ing tinc­tures, teas, and some­one to talk to if you need it.

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