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A personal experience regarding safety at conference venues

Mina Theofilatou
I was appalled to read that there are such crazy laws against LGBT
individuals!


However I should point out that one need not be LGBT to be challenged in
terms of safety at a conference venue: I was shouted at in Malpensa airport
right after Wikimania 2016, in the presence of a WMF employee who did
nothing to stop the shouting, by a Wikimedian who should be a "role model"
for his community (given all the authorities he has been conceded); the WMF
totally backed the offender and decided that despite my feeling harassed,
hurt, intimidated and frustrated, no action need be taken.

[Needless to say I don't put up with hypocrisy and if you ever see me again
at a Wikimania or other Wikimedia event it will not be on a WMF scholarship
(I've received three). If the WMF supports such unacceptable behavior I want
nothing to do with it: I remain faithful to the movement and the movement
only, it being by the people for the people.]


Read my full report about the encounter here:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants_talk:TPS/Saintfevrier/Wikimania/2016/Report 
(also check out the last paragraph in the Grants tab)


Best of luck in your endeavors to find a safe venue for upcoming Wikimanias
and do not tolerate harassment in any form, from anyone. Keep us posted.


Best wishes,


Mina (User:Saintfevrier)

Kefalonia, Greece



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> Date: Sun, 16 Oct 2016 10:26:56 -0700
> From: Pine W <[hidden email]>
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> Hi Pax,
>
> My understanding is that WMF is doing a strategic review of Wikimania. If
> that is correct, considerations like the ones you raise about location
> could be included in the scope of that review. I'm pinging Ellie with the
> hope that she can provide information about the status of WMF's thinking
> about Wikimania, perhaps in a new thread. Wikimania involves significant
> amounts of time and money, and I am hoping that WMF will develop ways to
> align Wikimania with WMF and community strategic goals.
>
> Pine
>
> On Oct 16, 2016 08:10, "Pax Ahimsa Gethen" <[hidden email]>
> wrote:
>
>> Hello all. I had a positive experience at WikiConference North America
>> last weekend, where I gave a talk on transgender issues and Wikipedia.[1]
>> I'm posting because there's an active discussion in Wikipedia Weekly on
>> Facebook about choosing a host country for Wikimania 2018.[2] I am
>> concerned that some of the suggestions are not taking into account the
>> safety of LGBT+ people; not just those attending the conference, but also
>> those living in the host country.
>>
>> As a queer trans atheist in a same-sex marriage, there are a number of
>> places where I am considered a criminal for just existing or going about
>> my
>> daily routine. This applies to some parts of the U.S. as well, by the
>> way;
>> I won't be visiting North Carolina as long as it's illegal for me to use
>> the men's restroom there. Please keep these considerations in mind when
>> planning meetups and conferences. Thank you.
>>
>> - Pax aka Funcrunch
>>
>> [1] http://funcrunch.org/blog/2016/10/12/making-connections-at-
>> wikiconference-north-america/
>>
>> [2] https://www.facebook.com/groups/wikipediaweekly/permalink/
>> 1114259788621851/
>>
>> --
>> Pax Ahimsa Gethen | http://funcrunch.org
>>
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> We talked about this in the LGBT meetup in Wikimania several times. As far
> as I remember it is a huge concern for coordinators and Wikimania
> committee
> when considering a bid for Wikimania. IIRC, there are several examples
> that
> situation of LGBT laws was a reason to reject a bid.
>
> So I assure you Wikimania committee is aware of these issues and keeps
> this
> in their mind when deciding on bids. (I must note I'm not in these
> committees. I talked about it with them before as a member of Wikimedia
> LGBT)
>
> I'm really saddened by the stupid laws made by ignorance of people. Let's
> laugh at it and then educate them:
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIvCh3EQv1Q :)
>
> Best
>
> On Sun, Oct 16, 2016 at 8:57 PM Pine W <[hidden email]> wrote:
>
>> Hi Pax,
>>
>> My understanding is that WMF is doing a strategic review of Wikimania. If
>> that is correct, considerations like the ones you raise about location
>> could be included in the scope of that review. I'm pinging Ellie with the
>> hope that she can provide information about the status of WMF's thinking
>> about Wikimania, perhaps in a new thread. Wikimania involves significant
>> amounts of time and money, and I am hoping that WMF will develop ways to
>> align Wikimania with WMF and community strategic goals.
>>
>> Pine
>>
>> On Oct 16, 2016 08:10, "Pax Ahimsa Gethen" <[hidden email]>
>> wrote:
>>
>> Hello all. I had a positive experience at WikiConference North America
>> last weekend, where I gave a talk on transgender issues and Wikipedia.[1]
>> I'm posting because there's an active discussion in Wikipedia Weekly on
>> Facebook about choosing a host country for Wikimania 2018.[2] I am
>> concerned that some of the suggestions are not taking into account the
>> safety of LGBT+ people; not just those attending the conference, but also
>> those living in the host country.
>>
>> As a queer trans atheist in a same-sex marriage, there are a number of
>> places where I am considered a criminal for just existing or going about
>> my
>> daily routine. This applies to some parts of the U.S. as well, by the
>> way;
>> I won't be visiting North Carolina as long as it's illegal for me to use
>> the men's restroom there. Please keep these considerations in mind when
>> planning meetups and conferences. Thank you.
>>
>> - Pax aka Funcrunch
>>
>> [1]
>> http://funcrunch.org/blog/2016/10/12/making-connections-at-wikiconference-north-america/
>>
>> [2]
>> https://www.facebook.com/groups/wikipediaweekly/permalink/1114259788621851/
>>
>> --
>> Pax Ahimsa Gethen | http://funcrunch.org
>>
>>
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> This is a follow-up to a posting to this list by the Wikimania Committee
> in
> July soliciting proposals for people who might be interested in hosting a
> future Wikimania (especially 2018 and 2019), as follows:
>
> ​">
> We are now looking for proposals of teams and locations. This is not a
>
> bidding process; we are keen for this to be a light-weight, simple request
> for suggestions. You don’t need to have a venue locked down, contracts
> drafted or sponsors lined up. You can have a quick look at the “judging
> criteria” which were used for 2016,[2] but the key part is commitment. In
> deciding where to hold conferences, we have to take into account
> additional
> factors about potential sites such as cost,
>
> accessibility, and security.
> ​">
> I will be following up with various people who have expressed interest in
> the coming week.  If anyone  else is interested in discussing the
> possibilities (the team/prospective host need not be tied to a particular
> venue), please get in touch with me directly by October 30, 2016.    We
> will be working with the WM
> ​F
> in the coming months in finalizing a venue/team for 2018, and we also want
> to get an early start at identifying potentials for the following year.>
> Thank you,
>
>
> Ellie Young
>
> WMF Events Manager
>
> [hidden email]
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> [2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_2016_judging_criteria
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> I am seriously interested in organising a Wikimania in Bangkok.
> The Thai Wiki does not have a functional chapter, but there is a user
> group chaired by a professor at Thailand’s major Medical College, and we
> have collaborated on various projects.
> With our combined knowledge we could get a team together fofr 2018 0r 2019
> probably 2019 would be best. .
> I have experience in event management. Taweetham has lived and studiedfor
> his PhD in Australia and has attended several Wikimanias. I have lived in
> Thailand for nearly 20 years and was a professor at a government
> university in Bangkok for several years.
>
> Bangkok has an ideal geo location, it’s a very modern city with excellent
> transport and communications infrastructures.  (two large interation
> airports only 20 mins from the city centre; highly developed urban rapid
> mass transport systems; first class Internet).
>
> Food, accommodation, and other facilities for visitors cost roughly one
> sixth of those in Western (USA, Canada, Australia, Europe,) or Westernised
> economies (HK, Singapore, etc).
>
> Chris
> (Kudpung)
>> On 17Oct, 2016, at 07:24, Ellie Young <[hidden email]> wrote:
>>
>>
>> This is a follow-up to a posting to this list by the Wikimania Committee
>> in July soliciting proposals for people who might be interested in
>> hosting a future Wikimania (especially 2018 and 2019), as follows:
>>
>>
>> ​"​We are now looking for proposals of teams and locations. This is not a
>> bidding process; we are keen for this to be a light-weight, simple
>> request for suggestions. You don’t need to have a venue locked down,
>> contracts drafted or sponsors lined up. You can have a quick look at the
>> “judging criteria” which were used for 2016,[2] but the key part is
>> commitment. In deciding where to hold conferences, we have to take into
>> account additional factors about potential sites such as cost,
>> accessibility, and security. ​​">>
>> I will be following up with various people who have expressed interest in
>> the coming week.  If anyone  else is interested in discussing the
>> possibilities (the team/prospective host need not be tied to a particular
>> venue), please get in touch with me directly by October 30, 2016.    We
>> will be working with the WM
>>
>> ​F ​ in the coming months in finalizing a venue/team for 2018, and we
>> also want to get an early start at identifying potentials for the
>> following year.>>
>> Thank you,
>>
>>
>>
>> Ellie Young
>>
>> WMF Events Manager
>>
>> [hidden email] <mailto:[hidden email]>
>>
>>
>> [2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_2016_judging_criteria 
>> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_2016_judging_criteria>>>
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