#22 Event Planning : May 17 LGBT Awareness Day
Closed: Complete 3 years ago Opened 3 years ago by bee2502.

The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia[1][2][3] is observed on May 17 and aims to coordinate international events that raise awareness of LGBT rights violations and stimulate interest in LGBT rights work worldwide. It would be great if we have some event on this day. In #11, @tatica suggested we have a panel, however I am open to discussion on this.

Issue #21 links the strategy plan for FLISOL and #11 the overall plan for events around the year. Both these tickets could be used for reference in event planning. However, I suggest we have a more active presence for LGBT Awareness Day.


We could start working on this post April 22 by which Council report, FLISOL and Fedora women revival tasks will hopefully be over.

Metadata Update from @bee2502:
- Issue priority set to: normal (3 -4 weeks)
- Issue set to the milestone: Fedora 26
- Issue tagged with: awareness, events, needs feedback, outreach

3 years ago

Thanks @bee2502 for putting this one in Pagure (easy to track).

Do you also have answers for? (or we can discuss as team) -
1. Are we targeting an event here similar to fedora-women's day?
2. Who will be the target audience and what will be the goal of the event?
3. Are we considering any LGBT community people related activity here?

@jonatoni @rhea @bee2502 @jflory7 do we have some ideas around the questions I have opened in above comment. If we are targeting a date in May, we need to plan this out ASAP.

@amsharma I am adding a meeting tag so this comes up for discussion in upcoming meeting.

As a first step, I think we should talk to LGBT members of Fedora community about what event or initiative they would like to see before we come up with a concrete plan.

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- Issue priority set to: happening now (was: normal (3-4 weeks))
- Issue tagged with: meeting

3 years ago

Discussed in 2017-05-03 meeting.

This is probably the highest priority task we have at the moment since it's coming up in exactly two weeks! We don't think we'll be able to plan something on the scale like last year's Fedora Women Day, but a short awareness day or community meet-up could be a nice way to do something to celebrate this day in the Fedora community.

Organizing a video call / IRC meet-up

The most realistic thing we thought we could organize is a video call or IRC meet-up for people who identify as LGBTQ to meet with others in the Fedora community, say hello, and hold a brief Q&A of sorts. The agenda is intended to be loose, but we have a few ideas for things that might be helpful to cover.

Some of the ideas from our meeting were:

  • @amsharma: Reach out to some of the LGBTQ Fedora community members we know of via email, solicit their feedback and input on planning the LGBT Awareness Day event
  • @chhavi Put together a draft on the Community Blog to ask for feedback on planning an International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia awareness / community meet-up event in Fedora, ask for feedback and comments in our ticket for planning the event (@jflory7 to help) (due: 2017-05-09)
  • @bee2502: Begin putting together a loose agenda or talking points to have during the event, maybe find some statistics on violence against these groups but also brainstorm general ideas on how Fedora community could help through awareness (due: 2017-05-10)
  • @meskarune: Reach out to some people in Arch Women who identify as LGBTQ, ask for their feedback in our ticket if they have anything to share

Agenda / topic ideas

Some of the ideas we had were:

  1. Awareness of any problems
  2. How allies and Fedora community can help
  3. What tools in Fedora marginalized people can use to protect themselves online

@amsharma: Reach out to some of the LGBTQ Fedora community members we know of via email, solicit their feedback and input on planning the LGBT Awareness Day event - Mail Sent - this is done.

Hope to get feedback soon.

The draft for the community blog asking for feedback/ideas from the community
link : https://goo.gl/qKORgS

I'm happy to join in with a video call or IRC meetup if it'd be helpful. I'm not super political / politically experienced with this stuff though (I'm fortunate enough to live somewhere I don't need to be...), so I don't really have any significant suggestions to contribute. Maybe try and co-ordinate a few blog/social media posts on the day too?

@adamwill thanks for your inputs, we are working on community blog post for this and a video call will be nice idea and recording can be posted later on Fedora youtube channel. Thanks again Adam!

@jonatoni @chhavi @jflory7 @bee2502 Let's schedule a video call for the event day i.e. on May 17 and I will try to invite more people for the call from the LGBT community.

Please let me know who all can join, and also please check https://goo.gl/qKORgS and give your feedback, so that we can timely schedule the article for Fedora Community blog.

@chhavi I have already put some comments for the blog, lets wait for one more day and if nothing comes, please put the blog in commops blog, so that it can be pushed timely. Thanks.

Long comment:

On the day events can also relate to the following:

We can have :
1. a few pages guide to resources on LGBTQIA basics on Fedora
2. links to conference policies, formats for those who are organizing events
3. a page on locale-specific diversity issues - I would expect local ambassadors to help with this. The task requires skills in gender and feminist studies. This is very essential for community building.
4. In a few years time, the way people would be working/be in employment is also likely to change. Community expansion is important also because of this. More welcoming and responsive a community is ...more people it is likely to attract.
5. Most 'out and open' LGBTQIA people are into activism in various forms. Given the refusal of a substantial percentage of people to religious bigots to change themselves, rational people are likely to be attracted in greater numbers towards activism. Fedora can help with tools and related guidance.

For various events in Kolkata for example, most activists do not use digital tools at all.
Awareness of free software is not too high even in the forums in reddit for example.
Look at the technical articles in autostraddle

  1. SH Policies: Ideally this should be implemented through a 2 stage process with generalities in code of conduct and locale/event specific things in locale/event rules (this should ideally be checked up with the diversity/Fedora women).

In few Indian cities like Kolkata, we have few LGBTQIA cafes. I can possibly get an interaction going.

hello everyone,

I am actively working on scheduling a video call for the day @May 17 - 11:30AM to 12:30AM UTC .
Please let me know if this works for you all.

I need to inform participants , so it will be great if someone wants a change in time then please reply asap.

@jflory7 @bee2502 @chhavi @rhea @jonatoni @adamwill @amani

Thanks

@amsharma +1, this time works for me.

that time doesn't work for me at all (it's 4:30am Pacific time), but finding a time that works for everyone might be very hard - if I'm the outlier, never mind :)

I am looking to change the time at 3:30 PM UTC, is that suitable for everyone? @adamwill

I am looking to change the time at 3:30 PM UTC, is that suitable for everyone? @adamwill

As a note, 17 May is an exam day for me, so I don't anticipate being around much next Wednesday. If I end up finishing early or have time, I'll make a best effort to participate, but scheduling this event shouldn't block around my schedule since I'm fairly inflexible from now until August.

@jflory7 we need your help to publish article in comops blog asap for the event. Thanks.

Hello Bee,

Do you have any update on this action item -
@bee2502 : Begin putting together a loose agenda or talking points to have during the event, maybe find some statistics on violence against these groups but also brainstorm general ideas on how Fedora community could help through awareness (due: 2017-05-10)

Hey Meskarune, Can you still help us with this -
@meskarune : Reach out to some people in Arch Women who identify as LGBTQ, ask for their feedback in our ticket if they have anything to share

As event is approaching fast, your replies will help us :) Thanks.

Here is some more information about the event.

WHEN -

May - 17
3:30 PM UTC
9:00 PM IST
11:30 AM EDT
9:00 AM PDT

WHAT (Agenda List)-

  1. General Awareness of the Day and LGBTQA - 15 mins
  2. Awareness of any problems - 15 mins
  3. How allies and Fedora community can help - 15 mins
  4. What tools in Fedora marginalized people can use to protect themselves online - 15 mins

NOTE - We can extend the event by another 15 mins or so, if at all needed.

HOW -

This will be more like a panel discussion, where above mentioned topics will be discussed and I will be the moderator for the panel.

Some Information -

  1. I will request to the attendees to please have a look on the agenda list and get an idea about the topics before the call, if possible.
  2. FYI, The event meeting will be recorded and also will be published on Fedora you tube channel, which can be viewed by anyone. I will take some screen shots as well of the meeting screen for the event report, so I may request to the attendees to switch on their cam for a while at-least.

Looking forward to a great participation. Thanks for your kind support.

Metadata Update from @amsharma:
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3 years ago

@amsharma I like the themes you have suggested. However, I think asking specific questions always gives us enriched answers and also reduces confusion amongst people on when to voice their particular concerns. Here is a rough list of questions I have compiled based on my work in Mozilla for May 17 events : https://etherpad.persephone.cloud/p/may17
We may or may not ask all questions based on time constraints.

Instead of a panel discussion, a suggest a focus group approach where interviewer nudges and takes notes but does not strictly moderate i.e. the focus is more on creating an open environment for hearing perceptions and opinions. More info here : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Focus_group
It's not much different than a panel discussion, just a bit more open and encouraging.

I would request to not ask attendees to think on exact questions before call as we want to hear their spontaneous thoughts. However, we should definitely make the themes public so that it is not too sudden for anyone. Also, I suggest that we definitely take notes but not make this public on Fedora youtube channel or any social media because we want to respect privacy, safety and ensure that this is a safe environment for everyone to speak up.

cool, thanks @bee2502 for inputs. I will consider most of them keeping in mind whatever time we are left with, now for the event.
See you @event

Here is some more information about the event.
WHEN -
May - 17
3:30 PM UTC
9:00 PM IST
11:30 AM EDT
9:00 AM PDT
It is 8:30 AM PDT
@adamwill thanks for pointing it out :)
WHAT (Agenda List)-

General Awareness of the Day and LGBTQA - 15 mins
Awareness of any problems - 15 mins
How allies and Fedora community can help - 15 mins
What tools in Fedora marginalized people can use to protect themselves online - 15 mins

NOTE - We can extend the event by another 15 mins or so, if at all needed.
HOW -
This will be more like a panel discussion, where above mentioned topics will be discussed and I will be the moderator for the panel.
Some Information -

I will request to the attendees to please have a look on the agenda list and get an idea about the topics before the call, if possible.
FYI, The event meeting will be recorded and also will be published on Fedora you tube channel, which can be viewed by anyone. I will take some screen shots as well of the meeting screen for the event report, so I may request to the attendees to switch on their cam for a while at-least.

Looking forward to a great participation. Thanks for your kind support.

May 17 Questions.                                   
1. Are there any times at Fedora that you feel left out or excluded?                    
Are there aspects of your identity, background or life circumstances that you believe are a negative for you at Fedora or that cause challenges for you?                    
What challenges or barriers, if any, do you see to improving diversity and creating a more inclusive culture in the Fedora community?         
What is one thing you think would most improve diversity and inclusion in the Fedora community?         
Is there a common understanding of what interactions are acceptable and unacceptable in the Fedora community?         
What future initiatives or directions would you like Fedora to take to increase participation and visibility of LGBTQI members of Fedora community ?

As someone who is also not very politicized or aware of the LGBTQ community (or their struggles) this looks great, and as much as I'd like to participate the blog post came at the last day (it only takes a minute if you wait for the last minute), I'll be looking forward to the artifacts that this generates.

Thanks for your efforts and raising awareness and support for the anit{homo,trans,bi}phobia (some of the other more notable celebrations are here: https://goo.gl/iCkxo6).

Looking forward to more information (where the group/video chat is going to be held seems to be missing so far)...

@mianosm thanks for your inputs. Video call details will be shared before the call on this ticket.

Metadata Update from @jonatoni:
- Issue close_status updated to: Complete
- Issue status updated to: Closed (was: Open)

3 years ago

Metadata Update from @jflory7:
- Issue untagged with: meeting, needs feedback
- Issue set to the milestone: Fedora 26 (to June 2017) (was: Fedora 26)

3 years ago

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