Respect for others
We welcome everyone through both our physical and virtual studio doors, regardless of ethnicity, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, body size, disability, physical appearance, age, kink, pronouns, personal space or any label/identity/presentation preference. We ask you to treat everyone with respect and courtesy while in our space. ALL are welcome.
We particularly encourage those who may feel underrepresented in our community to join us at the studio.
We want to make those first steps to our space as easy as we can, so if you are nervous please reach out and contact us.
Every person has something worth contributing to the scene and we intend to foster a space where everyone feels welcome to do so. If you marginalise and devalue people based on their individual characteristics, you are not a person who will be welcome in our Studio.
Please treat everyone with the respect and courtesy you would expect for yourself in words and actions, regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, disability, religion, sexual orientation, appearance, age, or identity/label/kink.
Do not assume the pronouns individuals use. If in doubt ask them what their preferred pronouns are. This can make all the difference in making people, of all gender identities, feel accepted and welcome.
Harassment is unwanted behaviour that you find offensive, where the other person’s behaviour is because either you have a protected characteristic or if there is any connection with a protected characteristic (for example, you are treated as though you have a particular characteristic, even if the other person knows this isn’t true).
Examples of harassing behaviour:
- Invading personal space
- Touching without permission
- Following or cornering someone
- Unwelcome remarks based on racial, religious or ethnic characteristics
- Sexually suggestive comments when it’s been made clear they’re unwelcome
- Ignoring pronouns
- Pestering people to play
- Continuing with any of the above when a person is clearly uncomfortable with you
- Spoken or written abuse
- Offensive emails
- Tweets or comments on websites and social media
- Images and graffiti
- Body Language
- Banter that is offensive to you
Cues someone may not be into or comfortable with the interaction:
- Giving very little verbal indication they are engaged in the interaction
- Leaning away
- Trying to move away
- Looking around for a way to disengage
- If you feel an interaction may be unwelcome then end it.
It is always possible that people can misunderstand each other so invite them to find you later if they’d like to talk more.
If you have extended an invitation to play which has been declined, do not ask them again for the duration of that event. They know you are interested. If they become interested they can seek you out and ask.
We will not tolerate:
- Discriminatory words or attitudes
If you feel you are a victim of any of the above please bring this to the attention of a member of the studio team to investigate further. If upon investigation any wrongdoing is found, a member of the team will have a discussion with the individual regarding their behaviour, informing the individual of possible consequences. Possible consequences will depend on the seriousness of the incident.