Safe Space Policy

Melbourne Gaymers is a community that welcomes everybody, regardless of gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, size, race/ethnicity, age, or religion. The aim of the safe space policy below is to ensure that people are never made to feel uncomfortable or unwelcome on any of these grounds, both in our online spaces and at the events we run.

By participating in Melbourne Gaymers, you agree that:

  • We are collectively and individually committed to safety and inclusivity.
  • We have zero tolerance for bullying, abuse, harassment, or discrimination.
  • We respect everyone’s identities, including their sexual orientation, gender, name and pronouns. We do not make assumptions about any of these things, and ask if there is a need to do so.
  • We respect people’s physical and emotional boundaries, and we actively communicate to seek consent from those around us before engaging in physical contact or discussing sensitive subjects.
  • We refrain from using language that can be considered oppressive (systemically or otherwise), e.g. sexist, racist, homophobic, biphobic, transphobic, ableist, classist, etc., including (but is not limited to) the use of slurs, stereotypes and jokes that target marginalised groups.
  • We respect that people who experience exclusion or discrimination in the wider community may not wish to participate in discussions about such issues here, and we put each member’s right to an inclusive and supportive space ahead of anyone’s desire to raise questions or debates on those topics.
  • We respect people’s opinions, beliefs, lived experiences and differing points of view – while also aiming to express our own views in a way that does not conflict with any of the above.

Anyone engaging in harassment of members or guests in or around Melbourne Gaymers events or online spaces will be asked to stop immediately, or risk expulsion from the event. Harassment includes offensive verbal comments or attitudes related to identity or appearance, deliberate intimidation, stalking, doxxing, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of the event, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.
These things are NOT OK.

All members of Melbourne Gaymers, including the committee, are subject to these policies. As such, if there are ever any aspects of our events – including our artwork, communication, game selection or event partners – which you feel are offensive or make you uncomfortable, please let us know.

We welcome you to reach out to us at any time to inform us of harassment or other incidents that have made you feel uncomfortable or unsafe in the group, regardless of when they occurred. You can contact anyone on the committee via Facebook, or reach us at [email protected] All communication will be dealt with in confidence.