[HOT] LGBTQ people at HOT Summit? [WAS: SAVE THE DATE Aug 27-Sep 2: HOT and FOSS4G Together in Tanzania]

Rory McCann rory at technomancy.org
Fri Feb 16 16:09:03 UTC 2018


So the HOT Summit is in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. But, erm, it's illegal
to be gay in Tanzania[1]. Travel advice from the UK[2] and US[3]
governments repeats that: "Homosexuality is not tolerated".

The code of conduct for this conference[4] is (mostly) excellent, it
covers "sexual orientation". But that's impossible in a country with
such laws.

(IMO) this conference cannot be a safe space for LGBTQ people[5]. We
have the strange situation of HOT saying "This is a safe space for LGBTQ
people, but follow the law which makes your existence illegal"[6]. I am
flabbergasted at how HOT can think this can be a safe space, and HOT
runs the risk of looking like they don't know what a safe space is...

There's nothing wrong (IMO) with a CoC adapted to local laws[7]. But
please be honest. The conference venue is homophobic. HOT should delete
the "sexual orientation" parts from your CoC. SotM Africa 2017 in Uganda
had a similar CoC[8], and similar laws. There is talk about (good) CoCs
being mandatory for events, and if this is what passes as a CoC, then
we've already given up.

There's an argument about how far to go ("This country's
anti-discrimination law doesn't go as far as my home country! Racist
country!"), but I think there should be *a* line. Let's talk about that.
"Illegal to be gay or trans[9]" is (IMO) a good line for LGBTQ issues.

It looks like limiting LGBTQ attendance wasn't a deal breaker for HOT,
or that diversity/inclusivity just isn't thought about much, which is sad.


[1] Technically same-sex sex is illegal, and so is having a same-sex
spouse https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_rights_in_Tanzania
[2] https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/tanzania/local-laws-and-customs
[4] http://2018.foss4g.org/code-of-conduct.html
[5] Same-sex sex is illegal in TZ, along with having a same sex spouse.
I haven't see anything on trans laws, but I think we can guess.
[6] https://twitter.com/hotosm/status/964252343318532096
[7] I propose: "If the event covers a region where it's legal to
be gay, then the event cannot be held in a place where it's illegal to
be gay." This makes SotM Africa (or global SotM) in Uganda wrong, but 
SotM Tanzania in Tanzania OK. "SotM East Africa" in Uganda would be OK.
[9] "illegal to be trans" is often laws against "crossdressing". This is
happening now in Aceh, Indonesia, and the modern Gay Pride parades
sprung from such a law in New York, USA in 1969.

(I've been to Tanzania a few times, and it's a great country, Dar &
Zanzibar are wonderful tourist destinations, and I totally recommend the
area. But LGBTQ folk need to be careful.)

On 14/02/18 01:49, Tyler Radford wrote:
> Dear HOT Community,
> You are invited to the 2018 HOT Summit at FOSS4G, August 29-31in Dar es 
> Salaam, Tanzania!
> This year we again had a great selection of potential locations for the 
> HOT Summit and were faced with a hard decision as we were very keen to 
> have a joint event with both the OpenStreetMap and FOSS4G communities. 
> As a first time chance to hold the Summit in a HOT project location, and 
> through a wonderful partnership we are pleased to bring the HOT Summit 
> to FOSS4G this year. HOT will lead the “Widening Access and Humanitarian 
> Mapping” conference track. We welcome you to Tanzania -- home to our 
> flagship Ramani Huria and Data Zetu projects.
> The Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) conference is 
> the yearly gathering of the OSGeo community and this year they are 
> looking to bring impact stories to their audience. With humanitarian and 
> disaster response use of FOSS, especially in regards to geospatial, the 
> HOT community brings an amazing showcase to an already impressive 
> conference program. We can’t wait to see the collaboration between these 
> open communities.
> Key Dates:
>   *
>     Coming Soon: Discounted Ticket Sales for HOT community
>   *
>     March 21: Presentation Submission
>     <http://2018.foss4g.org/programme.html>Deadline
>   *
>     August 27-28: FOSS4G Pre-Conference Workshops
>     ​​
>   *
>     August 29-31: FOSS4G and HOT Summit Main Conference
>   *
>     September 1-2: FOSS4G Code Sprints and Community Events
> Stay tuned to http://2018.foss4g.orgfor more information on FOSS4G and 
> the HOT Summit.
> --The 2018 HOT Summit Working Group
> *
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