We feel the need to create safer spaces where queer people and allies can come together and celebrate their identities in many unique forms while being safe. We offer an opportunity to reinvent a safer, kinder and intersectional approach on how to relate to each other, have fun and contribute to this shared dream come true.
This is essential since we are living in a society where the structures are based on exploitation, unequal competition and discrimination. Making the change requires active reflection, anti-racist action radical trust and work.
Take care of the event space and the people around you.
Creating a safer space is a shared responsibility.
Ask before pursuing anything. If you make someone uncomfortable, stop and listen. Reflect and change your behavior.
“Consent is not just the absence of a “no,” but the presence of a “yes.” “ -Feminist culture house
Members of our collective take responsibility for these decisions and in unclear situations we always take the side of the survivor.
We will communicate these safer space responsibilities to our visitors, people working in our events and members of the collective and make sure everybody agrees on them.
Liquid family is committed to creating safer spaces. Taking responsibility for the space and caring for each other is applied, and ingrained, in our practice.
We will be recognisable from the crowd (by distinct clothing or accessories) and deal with all situations with compassion and understanding.
We will have safety persons at every event. Before they are hired we make sure that they know our values and are dedicated to creating a queer-friendly and safer space with us.
If we are informed of harassment or violence we take it seriously. We ensure that the needs of the person who has been harassed are met. We make sure to listen, understand and ask how they want to proceed with the situation.
We will arrange a separate space for these conversations. If any aftercare is needed, we will have a list of contacts and info (found from the bottom of the page) ready.
We provide calmer and less sensory-irritating space for winding down. We are working on accessibility - it is an ongoing process. Due to a lack of funding and with limited options for spaces available we can not, at the moment, guarantee full accessibility. We will communicate the accessibility of every event separately.
We actively keep these shared responsibilities updated and keep them in our collective’s ongoing discourse.
We are eager to hear from you. If something comes to mind regarding the events, our policies or the shared responsibilities, please contact us <3
Thank you to everyone working on safer space culture and the info shared on different platforms. The demand for safer events is growing, so working together and sharing is vital for healthy and sustainable safer space event culture.
references and inspirations:
Mieli Ry Kriisipuhelin/Crisis-number: 09 2525 0111 24/7 in finnish. (Check the time slots for other languages swe/eng/arabic)
Seri tukikeskus/Support center for sexual violence cases: 040 701 8446 fi/swe/eng, 24/7
Nollalinja/For close relationship violence: 080 005 005 fi/swe/eng, 24/7
Helsinkimissio (Easy access to therapy for younger people) FI/SWE/ENG
Seta (Support/info for gender- and human rights) FI/SWE/ENG
https://tukinet.net/ (Yleisiä resursseja tukea tarvitseville suomeksi) FI