Code of Conduct
Welcome! This is a tool to ensure safety and respect across our intersectional community, a professional group for LGBTQ+ people who work in, or have a passion for, technology.
Our core values are kindness, knowledge, belonging, and joy — you can make these come alive by attending our events and practicing and upholding these five standards IRL and online:
- Lift each other up with kind words, inclusive actions, and warmth. We’re a community, not a clique. Seek out others who are different from you, and try to learn from and embrace their experience. You’ll meet folks of a different race, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability, and experience than you. If it feels uncomfortable at first, that’s okay. It's integral that all members of this community make an effort to communicate consciously, accurately, and with empathy.
- Ask about a person’s pronouns. Be careful not to make assumptions about someone’s gender identity, gender expression, and gender-related appearance and behavior.
- Whether you’re planning an event or attending one, make sure all voices are included and heard. You can do this by creating physical and conversational space for others, especially queer people of color, women, trans, non-binary, and disabled folks. Make sure you don’t endorse specific political candidates, but you are welcome to discuss their policies that impact the community.
- Look out for each other by recognizing and confronting microaggressions, racist assumptions, transphobic remarks, ableism and general unfriendliness. We don’t tolerate harassment of any kind, unwelcome physical contact; denigrating or hostile words, visuals, or behaviors; or intentional mis-gendering of individuals. Do not diagnose an individual’s mental or physical health.
- All are welcome. Out in Tech strives to create a culture of belonging for LGBTQ+ identifying folx, and has some programming and Slack channels exclusively dedicated to members of the community. That said, allyship is important and we thank you for joining us.
Digital Code of Conduct (Slack, Zoom, Notion)
Please note that the aforementioned norms still apply to digital workspaces, too.
- Membership in our Slack community is a privilege. We want you to leverage Out in Tech to advance your career and grow your network. Share or promote yourself thoughtfully on the appropriate channels (e.g., #nyc vs. #sf), refrain from spamming and excessive cross-posting.
- Please consider this space may be used by individuals of all ages and backgrounds, and keep content to a semi-professional tone. Even though healthy discourse is encouraged, do not use the space for personal attacks. No explicit images or graphic language. Post a trigger warning before discussing matters related to sexual abuse, self-harm, violence, eating disorders, and so on. The way to add a trigger warning is to start your post with the warning type (“TW:” or “CW:,”) and then add keywords (e.g. “sexual abuse,” “self-harm,” “violence”. Then post the message and/or images within the thread of your post. For example, if you are referring to an attack against a member of the community, you might post: ‘CW: Violent Physical Attack’ and then post information in the thread. If you're unsure as to whether or not your post should include a CW, better to err on the side of caution than cause unintentional harm. Still unsure? Reach out to one of our Slack Admins.
- Respecting the space(s): Read the description of the channel you are posting in and ask if it’s the best spot for your questions or comments. Do not post the same message or link in more than 3 channels within 48 hours. Although you are welcome to post your message(s) in #everybody, try to find the best place for your post and trust it will reach the desired audience (for example, you can also post fundraising posts in #mutual-aid).
Understand that some channels are meant for specific subsets of the community, and respect those boundaries by not joining those spaces if they are not for you (even if they are public). Use threads to organize discussions to avoid repeat notifications and keep posts to less than 1250 characters (roughly around 200 words) to help keep the space organized.
Always provide context for why you are sharing a link (don't do "link bombing" aka posting a link with no context, it feels suspicious and bot-like). Try to avoid sharing more than 2-3 links in one go (this can be overwhelming). If sharing multiple links, remove the preview (it takes up unnecessary space). Avoid cross-posting the same links more than 3 times within 48 hours, as it can feel spammy.
4. Read up before speaking up: When speaking about an identity you're not familiar with, we encourage you to check an inclusive style guide maintained by people of that identity to confirm the correct language to use (see bottom of this page for resources). For a general one-pager on speaking about age, disability, medical conditions, gender and sexuality, race, heritage, and nationality, we recommend Mailchimp's guide on Writing About People.
5. Shine: We want you to use the OIT community to advance your career. Share or promote yourself in channels like #jobs, #announcements, or our city based channels, and we’ll be here cheering you on. That being said, please don’t flood or spam the channels. We suggest keeping general promotions to 2x per week, and if you’re promoting an event, no more than 2x total in 2-3 channels max. If you are connecting to someone for a referral, please take care to realistically portray your professional experience; do not misrepresent yourself. If you’re hiring, make sure the position is paid. Economic empowerment is a great way to support the LGBTQ+ community.
6. Confidentiality: Please be mindful of the sensitivity of this space. Being an LGBTQ+ community, it's important that we respect one another’s privacy. Don't attribute things said to, or reveal the identity of, folks in this slack without the affirmative consent of the speaker(s).