Code of Conduct

LGBTQ in Technology prioritizes marginalized people’s safety and well-being over privileged people’s feelings and comfort.

When Something Happens

The Admin team will prioritize the well-being and safety of those affected negatively by the violation over the comfort of the violator.

Code of Conduct

Note: “LGBTQ in Tech” in this document refers to the LGBTQ in Tech Slack organization at lgbt.slack.com. “The administrators” refers to the administrators on this organization; a list is available at the top of the Team Directory (you must be a member of the organization to view this list).

LGBTQ in Tech is dedicated to providing a safe and harassment-free experience for everyone. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form.

Members under 18 are allowed, but are asked to stay out of channels with adult imagery.

Some LGBTQ in Tech spaces may have additional rules in place, which will be made clearly available to participants. Participants are responsible for knowing and abiding by these rules.

Conduct

Harassment includes:

For a primer on how people with privilege are expected to conduct themselves within the community, see https://guidetoallyship.com/

Reporting

If you see a violation or have any other concerns, please contact the administrators by typing /admin <your message> in Slack, or contact an admin directly via DM. If the violator is on the team, they will recuse themselves from handling your incident and will be investigated further by the rest of the team. We will respond as promptly as we can.

This code of conduct applies to all LGBTQ in Tech spaces, including public channels, private channels and direct messages, both online and off. This code of conduct also applies to non LGBTQ in Tech spaces when an LGBTQ in Tech member is involved. If you are being harassed by a member of LGBTQ in Tech outside our spaces, we want to know about it. We will take all good-faith reports of harassment by LGBTQ in Tech members, especially the administrators, seriously. This includes harassment outside our spaces and harassment that took place at any point in time. The Admin team reserves the right to exclude people from LGBTQ in Tech based on their past behavior, including behavior outside LGBTQ in Tech spaces and behavior towards people who are not in LGBTQ in Tech.

In order to protect volunteers from abuse and burnout, we reserve the right to reject any report we believe to have been made in bad faith. Reports intended to silence legitimate criticism may be deleted without response.

We will respect confidentiality requests for the purpose of protecting victims of abuse. At our discretion, we may publicly name a person about whom we’ve received harassment complaints, or privately warn third parties about them, if we believe that doing so will increase the safety of LGBTQ in Tech members or the general public. We will not name harassment victims without their affirmative consent.

Consequences

Participants asked to stop any harmful behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in harmful behavior, the administrators may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including expulsion from all LGBTQ in Tech spaces and identification of the participant as a harasser to other LGBTQ in Tech members or the general public.

Culture

LGBTQ in Tech fosters a culture of community accountability and growth. As such: