The Pride Commission of Iran, IranPride and all member organisations and members are committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for Gays, Lesbians, Transgender and Intersex people and queers (LGBTI+) and all humans.
We encourage all participants to approach the commission with open and positive attitudes, and to engage constructively with others at all times. It is vital that discussions include many different opinions and experiences, so we do not tolerate any kind of harassment.
We will take action in response to harassment related to national origin, gender, gender identity and expression, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical characteristics, disability, religion, and age.
Together, we can make sure that we don’t miss out on valuable insights from our amazing participants:
- Speak clearly and at a moderate pace.
- Be an active listener, and be patient with people who are speaking their second language.
- Avoid jargon. Assume that people don’t use the same terms, and explain them.
- Address the idea, don’t attack the person.
- Disagreements happen; it’s okay to walk away from a conversation that isn’t fruitful or is becoming tense.
- Your personal choice of technology doesn’t fit all users’ needs. There is space for different devices, software, tools, operating systems, programming languages, and licences. Focus discussions on tools, whether closed source and commercially supported or open source, on the needs of users.
- If you do not like a solution someone else is proposing, explain why, and state an alternative.
- If you aren’t having success on your own, ask for help from the session leader if you are in a session.
Please don’t hesitate to report any misbehaviour to [email protected]
Harassment may occur online or in person. Examples of unacceptable behaviours include:
- Verbal comments that reinforce oppression related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, age or religion (or lack thereof);
- Imitating or making fun of accents or grammatical errors, or giving unsolicited grammar corrections (but clarifying questions are fine);
- Verbal threats or demands;
- Harassing photography or recording;
- Sustained disruption of sessions or events;
- Unwelcoming physical contact;
- Unwelcoming drugging food or drink;
- Enlisting the help of others, whether in person or online, in order to target an attendee;
- Advocating for or encouraging any of the above behaviour.
Let someone leave a conversation that makes them uncomfortable, and do not follow people who asked to be left alone. If you discuss difficult topics that may be traumatic for participants, provide warnings so people may leave a conversation or plan coping strategies.
Participants who are asked to stop harassing behaviours are expected to cease immediately. Depending on severity of harassment or repeat offences, IranPride staff will respond appropriately, including but not limited to giving warnings or expulsion from the commission. With the consent of the person being harassed, local authorities will be informed if needed.
We count on everyone – from partner organisations to individuals – to do their part to ensure positive experiences for all members. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of IranPride management team immediately.
The following individuals are from the IranPride Code of Conduct Incident Response:
- Raham Rafiee – [email protected] (male)
- Arghavan Shamsara – [email protected] (female)
- Saeed Ghorbani – [email protected] (male)
- Rene Khazaee – [email protected] (female)
All reports are confidential. You will not be asked to take actions that make you feel unsafe. Commission members will be happy to assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe.
IranPride is trying its best to make the world a better place. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at any time for any misconduct using the form below or any email address listed above.