Tips for Making Your Event/Activity LGBTQ-Inclusive
“Inclusion is not bringing people into what already exists; it is making a new space, a better space for everyone.” – George Dei
The Planning Process
- Who is included in the event or activity’s planning leaders, audience, and presenters? What about event/activity materials like posters, videos, books, and music?
- Does the event or activity include discussion of topics with which participants identify? How can you ensure safe and respectful discussion?
- Is it a physically accessible space? Is it easily and safely reached by public transport? If not, are you subsidizing or arranging for safe and easy transport?
- Are there all-gender access washrooms? If not, can you designate a single stall washroom as an all-gender washroom?
Language and Tone
- Ensure event/activity leaders are comfortable with LGBTQ language and definitions.
- Use gender inclusive language e.g. “everyone” or “folks” instead of “ladies and gentlemen.” Avoid making assumptions by not addressing individuals with gendered titles “sir” and “ma’am.”
- Provide opportunities for people to specify preferred pronouns before and during the event (e.g. name tags that include pronouns)
Communication and Promotion Materials
- Clearly communicate to ALL stakeholders that the event/activity is LGBTQ-inclusive.
- Include LGBTQ-themed flyers, posters, video, and other media.
- If you need to collect information about gender for your event/activity make sure you do so in a way that allows people to properly identify their gender.