Because we are a community who span the world, with many different experiences, ideas, thoughts and feelings, we have developed a set of rules which apply to both here on our website, out in the community at our stalls, events and conferences and on our social network pages. These community rules are designed to maintain equality, diversity and inclusion within our network.
While we aim to tackle transphobia in society, we are also very active in combating transphobia in our own networks. Where transphobia is concerned, this organisation does not limit our support to specific types of people; rather we aim to support anyone who may come into contact with transphobia. This includes but is not limited to, Transgender (trans*) people, Cross-Dressing people, people who consider themselves to be Transvestite, Transsexual people, Intersex people, Gender Queer people, Gender Variant people, Gender Fluid people, Non-Binary people, Androgynous people, Agender people, Bigender (bi-gender) people, Drag performers and all other gender diverse identities. This also applies to Cis-identified people.
We aim to be as intersectional as possible.
While we actively encourage free speech and opinions across our network and active discussion and debate on a range of topics, we will not tolerate hate speech. We believe there’s a fine line between expressing yourself and that expression affecting someone else negatively. Hate speech is dangerous and results in the death of many trans people across the world annually. We do not condone the kind of ‘free speech’, projected by such hateful organisations as the Westboro Baptist Church. Any comments hateful in nature will be removed and the author banned.
We actively discourage all forms of discrimination within our network and elsewhere and we will challenge this when we come across is. Equality is the notion that everyone should be treated fairly, equally and allowed to be themselves with the same rights as anyone else in society, whether you agree with who they are or not. Discriminatory posts will be removed and the author banned.
Bullying of any kind will be actively moderated and the people responsible, warned and banned. Wipe Out Transphobia have a zero tolerance approach to any kind of bullying, harassment, belittling or targeting of any person using our networks.
Religious discussion is of course allowed on our pages and comments relating to religion are also allowed. We believe in freedom of personal religion and the expression of such in a non discriminatory fashion. People are free to believe what they choose, however should this impact on other people, we will take action:
• Comments that resemble any sort of preaching will be banned. Our network is for many people from many backgrounds and as such, no one religion can ever be represented and nor should it. Posts like this will be removed and the poster asked to desist. Continuing to post material like this will result in a ban.
• In the same instance, we will also not tolerate hate towards religion. We often have members from a religious background who may express sentiments like ‘God Loves Everyone’. which is perfectly acceptable as this is an opinion and one free from hate and discrimination. Attacks on this kind of message will be seen as hate and discrimination and will be removed and the author banned.
~ Essentially, with religion we’re advocating tolerance. If you’re not religious, please be happy about that and feel free to make a non-religious post. If you are religious, be happy about it and feel free to make a personal statement if you wish, keeping in mind that preaching does not respect diversity and inclusion.
Grammar and Punctuation
We will not tolerate messages posted which relate to the targeting of people who do not spell something properly, or use the correct grammar and/or punctuation. While we appreciate a well written sentiment or article as much as anyone else, our members come from a wide range of backgrounds and differing levels of education for different reasons. Due to the nature of Transphobia, people may not have had the chance of an education, may have left school early due to bullying or may not have been able to fully digest information due to personal turmoil. This does not exclude them however from being a part of our network and so we view attacks on people for their command of any language as discrimination. People who continually attack people for this, will be warned and then banned if it persists.