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2021 Workplace Summit Community Guidelines

Welcome to the 2021 Workplace Summit! Out & Equal is the premier organization working exclusively on LGBTQ+ workplace equality. Through our worldwide programs, such as our annual Workplace Summit, we help LGBTQ+ people thrive and support organizations creating a culture of belonging for all. 

Every year, the community that gathers at Summit is known for its generosity of spirit, open-mindedness, and genuine interest in connection and learning. 

Please keep the following in mind when attending Summit: 

Safe Space 
Summit is intended to be a safe and welcoming space for all individuals, inclusive of all sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions. Please treat everyone with respect. Healthy debates are natural, and kindness is required. Degrading comments on/about topics such as race, religion, culture, ability, geographic or political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender or identity will not be tolerated. In addition, we seek to uphold a safe space in which speakers and attendees can share real life experiences – these may include traumatic experiences that, for some, is difficult to take in. We encourage attendees to take the space they need should these topics arise.   

Call In, Not Out 
This is an educational space and there are varying degrees of familiarity and fluency with identities, expressions, concepts, and language. We ask that attendees try to be grounded in the positive intent of others’ learning experiences. Look for opportunities to call people in, rather than out. This means engaging people one-on-one at times when they express themselves in ways that may run counter to one’s own style or preferences.  We are all learning from each other. 

Identity Stays, Knowledge Leaves 
Being part of the Summit community requires mutual trust. The platform is closed, password protected, and not public – but people will be sharing their experiences, learnings, and giving shout-outs on social media (just as they would at an in-person Summit). We encourage you to show up as your authentic self and trust that information shared in this community stays in the community, while also understanding that there is an inherent risk in sharing personal information on message boards at a forum this size. Video-recording live sessions (via your computer or handheld device) or taking photographs/screengrabs of live conversations and messages is not permitted. Please honor the trust of those who have shared themselves, just as you would want from them in return. 

Please note: Across Summit, speakers are taking part in both personal and professional capacities. 

Community Guideline Violations 
Should you not abide by the above criteria, Out & Equal reserves the right to take action to address the situation. This could result in deleting your comment(s), removing you from a session, and/or revoking your conference attendance. 

It is exceedingly rare that attendees violate these guidelines. We appreciate the caliber of content and experiences all attendees bring to Summit. We are very glad you are here with us at Summit 2021! 


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Out & Equal is the global convener, thought leader and catalyst actively working to achieve workplaces of equality and belonging - supporting LGBTQ+ employees and leaders who thrive in their careers and lives and achieve greater impact on the world.