Breaking Boundaries Event Guidelines
Creating Safe(r) Spaces
We hope to create a welcoming, safe, inclusive, positive, and nourishing atmosphere at all of our events – a place where queer and trans people from all walks of life feel comfortable. We are collectively responsible as team members, performers, and guests for creating the supportive, diverse, and fun space we desire.
People attending Breaking Boundaries events are asked to consider their behaviour and language. Our events are not spaces for racism, sexism, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, transmisogyny, ableism, classism, or any other language or behaviour that may perpetuate oppression. We believe every person, including event goers, guest creatives, performers, and Breaking Boundaries team members are entitled to an environment free from violence, hate speech, predatory and discriminatory behaviours.
As of August 2017, we will now also be offering name and pronoun stickers for use at our events. These are to help ensure that names and pronouns are respected at all times.
We encourage you to contact a Breaking Boundaries volunteer if you are concerned about someone’s behaviour at our events. Our volunteers will generally be wearing an identification item (e.g. blue BRKBND arm band).
We do our best to ensure that our events take place at accessible spaces, however this is not always guaranteed. If we believe a venue may present accessibility issues, these will be clearly stated on event information and we will do our best to work with those affected so they can still attend the event. If you or someone you know needs any assistance at an event, please find a team member and we will help out.
We prioritize spaces which are easily navigable by those with mobility concerns, are wheelchair accessible, and have accessible gender neutral bathrooms. Where applicable, we also limit the use of lighting/sound effects (e.g. strobe lights) which may pose a danger to some people. In the case that food and beverages are provided, we will do our best to accommodate people with special diets (e.g. gluten free).
We want everyone to be able to enjoy our events regardless of life circumstances. This means that most of our events are koha (donation) entry, or in the case of a registration/entry fee, are on a sliding scale.
At many of our events we have light snacks and beverages in exchange for koha. If you are struggling financially but need something to eat, please have a quiet word to one of our team members so we can offer something at no cost.
We are always incredibly grateful to those from our community (and beyond) who are able to offer larger donations to Breaking Boundaries at our events or via online methods. These donations help us ensure that we can keep our events as affordable as possible to all and help out those who need it.
We encourage feedback (both good and bad!) about our events. If you have any concerns, suggestions, or just words of encouragement - please get in contact!