The Severn Bronies is a highly diverse group containing people of multiple ethnicities, gender identities, sexualities, disabilities, and religions. We aim to foster and encourage this inclusion—and that it is everyone’s responsibility to challenge discrimination—to help create an environment where anybody can feel respected and able to participate free from abuse or prejudice.
We also recognise that oppressive language and behaviours are built into society, culture and the political system and can be a result of ignorance as well as malevolence. We aim to educate rather than exile, for the mutual benefit all all involved.
Discrimination of any kind is considered unacceptable. This includes, but is not limited to: racism, ageism, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, sexism or ableism. Prejudice based on class, gender identity, gender presentation, physical appearance, language ability, ethnicity, nationality, asylum status, or religious practice will not be tolerated.
We encourage attendees to be aware of their language, position and privileges, and to be careful when using language that may perpetuate oppression. We wish to maintain an environment where we are free to challenge others and ourselves in the spirit of mutual respect.
Some good things to keep in mind are:
- Be aware of the power of language, and that many ‘innocent’ expressions are derived from historical discrimination.
- Err on the side of good faith, but be prepared to challenge hateful and discriminatory language.
- If you are challenged or corrected, take the opportunity to learn and think about the negative effect you have had upon others.
- Always respect physical and emotional boundaries. Stop means stop. No means no.