[HOT] LGBTQ people at HOT Summit? [WAS: SAVE THE DATE Aug 27-Sep 2: HOT and FOSS4G Together in Tanzania]
jwhelan0112 at gmail.com
Fri Feb 16 18:14:44 UTC 2018
Perhaps the board could come up with a policy that either says we don't
care about such things and recognise that it will be dangerous for some to
attend or we only hold HOT summits in places that are safe from local laws
It should certainly be drawn to the attention of anyone planning to attend
just in case they may not feel comfortable in such an environment.
On 16 Feb 2018 11:10 am, "Rory McCann" <rory at technomancy.org> wrote:
> So the HOT Summit is in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. But, erm, it's illegal
> to be gay in Tanzania. Travel advice from the UK and US
> governments repeats that: "Homosexuality is not tolerated".
> The code of conduct for this conference 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. 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". 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. 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, 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" 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.
>  Technically same-sex sex is illegal, and so is having a same-sex
> spouse https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_rights_in_Tanzania
>  https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/tanzania/local-laws
>  http://2018.foss4g.org/code-of-conduct.html
>  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.
>  https://twitter.com/hotosm/status/964252343318532096
>  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.
>  "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
>> Key Dates:
>> Coming Soon: Discounted Ticket Sales for HOT community
>> March 21: Presentation Submission
>> 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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