Safer Spaces Policy/Ground Rules

FTM Brighton is a peer support organisation. We follow these rules to help ensure we create a safe and welcoming environment. These can and should be altered over time to better reflect the needs of the group.

An up to date version of the Safer Space’s Policy will be available on the website at all times.

1. Because confidentiality is essential, we expect each person will respect and maintain the confidentiality of the group. What is said in the group is not to be repeated or discussed at any other time or place.

In addition, we all have differing levels of privacy regarding our trans status. Do not assume other members are out to friends, family, work colleagues, neighbors, and acquaintance’s and as such refrain from saying anything that outs them.

2. This is a group run by volunteer members of the trans community. We do not provide a professional service, but share our feelings and experiences, and information we have picked up along the way.

3. We each share the responsibility for making this group work. Each member can contribute as much as they want or are able to. We are all volunteer’s. We welcome input from everyone.

4. We aim to accept people just as they are and avoid making judgments. We are all on our own journey’s with different destinations. There is no one way to be trans.

5. Don’t hog the floor! Give everyone an opportunity to say something and be considerate of those who haven’t spoken. But don’t feel pressured to speak if you don’t want to.

6. One person speaking at once please! Give attention to the person speaking and avoid side conversations, interruptions and talking over people.

7. Discriminatory language, including jokes, make the space unsafe. This includes but is not limited to; racism; sexism; homophobia; biphobia; transphobia including discrimination on the grounds of being genderqueer, non-binary, agender, or choosing which (if any) transitional steps to take; sizism; and ableism.

Please also be aware that the word “tr*nny” is seen as offensive by some trans people so is not used in the group.

8. Aggressive and violent language or behavior will not be tolerated. You may be asked to take time out of the group or leave.

9. The group meetings are a drug and alcohol free zone.

10. Please don’t discuss group members who are not present as this breaks the confidentiality rule as described in rule 1.

11. We aim to begin and end our meeting’s on time.

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