Toward Building A Global Community

Anti-Oppression, Anti-Racism and Anti-Bullying

 

Lesbians Benefitting the Arts and the Ohio Lesbian Festival (LBA /OLF) are committed to the inclusion and honoring of ALL womyn. We seek to establish a culture that fosters respect for each other as a global community. Our desire is to create a lesbian centered world where we celebrate all womyn.  We strive to create a culture of radical global community-building and safer space 1. We call on the OLF community to join us in this work and to draw strength from our differences and our shared commitment to each other.

All Womyn Welcome, Always means we must stand together as womyn, as lesbians, as womyn of color, as native and indigenous womyn, as womyn with disabilities, as deaf womyn, as womyn born womyn, as transgender womyn, as de-transitioned womyn, as straight womyn, as bisexual womyn, as immigrant womyn, as undocumented womyn, as young and old womyn, as spiritual womyn and womyn of faith, we must recognize our common ground and celebrate our differences together.  

LBA / OLF: A Safer Space for ALL Womyn.  Guiding Principles

  • A safer festival environment is essential for ALL womyn
  • Womyn are entitled to enjoy the festival free from racism, harassment, intimidation, and bullying
  • LBA / OLF is a place where every womyn is free to be exactly who she is

LBA / OLF:  A Commitment to Radical Community Building.  An Invitation

  • Stake a claim – we all have space here.
  • It is OK to be uncomfortable – trust the friction.
  • Actively work to unlearn; internalized patriarchy, dismantle racism, & strive for accessibility.
  • Practice Radical Listening – we can all be better listeners.
  • Womyn sometimes disagree – but always treat ALL sisters with respect.
  • Acknowledge that our words or actions may harm another woman, even if unintentionally.
  • Do not hesitate to offer your hand to a sister – Be good Allies.

LBA / OLF:  Acknowledgement.  Our Truths

  • Actions have consequences
  • Oppression can be expressed in writing, verbally or by physical action
  • Incidents will happen within the LBA / OLF community
  • We have plans in place to respond

LBA / OLF: Actions and Expectations

  • We don’t tolerate words that traditionally silence, hurt, undercut, or erase
  • We ask you to refrain from using any slur or derogatory term
  • Intentionally misgendering another womyn is unacceptable
  • When referring to others, respect their choice to use of gender neutral pronouns
  • It is likely that the default pronouns you will hear used are female pronouns
  • If you witness something troubling, reach out to the womyn affected, offer assistance, notify OLF crew

LBA / OLF: Consequences

  • LBA / OLF reserves the right to delete comments online that are not consistent with this spirit
  • LBA / OLF leadership will interrupt bad behavior
  • LBA / OLF will determine and implement the appropriate response to any incident 2
1 LBA / OLF defines community space to include not only the physical festival space but also our online forums, social media, web site and all other activities or events produced by LBA / OLF.
2 In the unlikely event that a woman is asked to leave the festival grounds, there will be no refund of ticket price

Ohio Lesbian Festival Statement of Inclusion and Anti-Bullying

As a core value, OLF believes in and is committed to inclusion and honoring of ALL womyn. We seek to establish and maintain an inclusive culture that fosters appreciation and respect for each other as a community.  We see our desire to create a space for us to celebrate, center, and honor all womyn as being directly tied to creating a culture of radical community building and safer space for each other. Toward that end, we call on the OLF community to join us in this work of community building and draw strength from both our myriad of differences and our shared commitment to each other.

The Ohio Lesbian Festival is a gathering with a 27 year herstory of providing a fun, supportive, and safer environment for any and all women .  Our commitment to every womon is reflected in our declaration which has been and continues to be our mantra and guide post in our planning and in our outreach, inviting others to join us in co-creating this labor of love:  “ALL Womyn Welcome. Always.” 

As a community committed to ALL womyn, we request all womyn who join us to be committed to this too! With consideration for the spirit of this festival, the Festival Committee has identified the following guiding principles that underpin our policy of inclusion and respectful treatment of ALL womyn:

  • Help us maintain an environment where there is NO room for judgment or bullying of ANY woman based on her race, age, size, ability, or her perceived gender.
  • On the note of radical community building and inclusion, OLF has always and continues to invite our trans-systers to join us. To clarify:
  • We do not tolerate the use of certain words that have often been traditionally used to silence, hurt, undercut, or erase certain womyn. This is true when we speak of womyn of color or different abilities and it is true of how we talk to and about each other with regards to our trans-inclusive policy. This means that we ask members of our community to refrain from using the term “TERF”, gendered pronouns, or any other deliberate slur as a derogatory term directed at members of our community and that likewise we ask our community to acknowledge that transwomyn are also our systers and are womyn who should be treated with the same respect and referred to and honored as such. We do not have to agree on this outside of the OLF community but our inclusion of our trans-systers is not up for debate within our community.
  • Please be respectful to each other. This applies when talking to your systers online or in-person, even if – especially if – you disagree!
  • In addition to asking our community to honor this and, in turn, each other during the festival weekend, this act of radical community building also extends to our website and social media pages. Understand that we reserve the option to delete comments on our pages  that are not constant with the spirit of OLF.
  • We ask for each of us to continue to educate ourselves and each other about things that tear apart or hold down any womyn or any part of our OLF community. This includes but is not limited to: unlearning internalized misogyny, dismantling racism, striving for accessibility for all abilities, and encouraging openness and radical listening to each other all ways, always.

We live in quickly changing times and our awareness or even capacity to respond in the fast-paced world of social-media often lags behind our sincerely held values of inclusion, acceptance, healing, and growing together. We also know that OLF continues to grow each year and we will continue to learn and adapt as we do.  Make no mistake that we hold all of us, which includes each of you, responsible for holding us all accountable to each other as we continue to learn and grow.   Thank you for your respect and your participation. We literally could not build this community without you.

Location

Hoover Y
1570 Rohr Road, Lockbourne, OH

Ohio Lesbian Festival

Lesbians Benefitting
the Arts

@2018
All Right reserved.

Contact Us

Follow this link to the
Contact Page

 

Ohio Lesbian Festival Statement of Inclusion and Anti-Bullying

As a core value, OLF believes in and is committed to inclusion and honoring of ALL womyn. We seek to establish and maintain an inclusive culture that fosters appreciation and respect for each other as a community.  We see our desire to create a space for us to celebrate, center, and honor all womyn as being directly tied to creating a culture of radical community building and safer space for each other. Toward that end, we call on the OLF community to join us in this work of community building and draw strength from both our myriad of differences and our shared commitment to each other.

The Ohio Lesbian Festival is a gathering with a 27 year herstory of providing a fun, supportive, and safer environment for any and all women .  Our commitment to every womon is reflected in our declaration which has been and continues to be our mantra and guide post in our planning and in our outreach, inviting others to join us in co-creating this labor of love:  “ALL Womyn Welcome. Always.” 

As a community committed to ALL womyn, we request all womyn who join us to be committed to this too! With consideration for the spirit of this festival, the Festival Committee has identified the following guiding principles that underpin our policy of inclusion and respectful treatment of ALL womyn:

  • Help us maintain an environment where there is NO room for judgment or bullying of ANY woman based on her race, age, size, ability, or her perceived gender.
  • On the note of radical community building and inclusion, OLF has always and continues to invite our trans-systers to join us. To clarify:
  • We do not tolerate the use of certain words that have often been traditionally used to silence, hurt, undercut, or erase certain womyn. This is true when we speak of womyn of color or different abilities and it is true of how we talk to and about each other with regards to our trans-inclusive policy. This means that we ask members of our community to refrain from using the term “TERF”, gendered pronouns, or any other deliberate slur as a derogatory term directed at members of our community and that likewise we ask our community to acknowledge that transwomyn are also our systers and are womyn who should be treated with the same respect and referred to and honored as such. We do not have to agree on this outside of the OLF community but our inclusion of our trans-systers is not up for debate within our community.
  • Please be respectful to each other. This applies when talking to your systers online or in-person, even if – especially if – you disagree!
  • In addition to asking our community to honor this and, in turn, each other during the festival weekend, this act of radical community building also extends to our website and social media pages. Understand that we reserve the option to delete comments on our pages  that are not constant with the spirit of OLF.
  • We ask for each of us to continue to educate ourselves and each other about things that tear apart or hold down any womyn or any part of our OLF community. This includes but is not limited to: unlearning internalized misogyny, dismantling racism, striving for accessibility for all abilities, and encouraging openness and radical listening to each other all ways, always.

We live in quickly changing times and our awareness or even capacity to respond in the fast-paced world of social-media often lags behind our sincerely held values of inclusion, acceptance, healing, and growing together. We also know that OLF continues to grow each year and we will continue to learn and adapt as we do.  Make no mistake that we hold all of us, which includes each of you, responsible for holding us all accountable to each other as we continue to learn and grow.   Thank you for your respect and your participation. We literally could not build this community without you.

Location

Hoover Y
1570 Rohr Road, Lockbourne, OH

Ohio Lesbian Festival

Lesbians Benefitting
the Arts

@2018
All Right reserved.

Contact Us

Follow this link to the
Contact Page