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Smithsonian NMAH[edit]

Hi everyone. An update on User:Uncommon fritillary, User:Bluerasberry and my meeting with folks at the National Museum of American History on Wednesday November 19th- The three of us met with five Smithsonian staff, including Katherine Ott, and Franklin Robinson, and Dan Gifford, archivists that have been working on the Smithsonian's recent efforts to collect LGBT History materials. (another link). Folks there are excited to host a Wikipedia:Wiki Loves Pride event, and we discussed logistics for that including identifying a good space, and working with Wikimedia D.C. to ensure Wikipedians would be there. They expressed interest in hosting a "preview" event and tour of the collections, for local Wikipedians and those that wanted to attend Wiki Loves Pride, so that future attendees could get a sense of the collection, and identify materials that they would want to come back to, and edit. Beyond Wiki Loves Pride, they would be interested in having a more regular volunteer or resident help document the collections materials on Wikipedia. My suggestion was to sync them up with the Wikipedia Library Interns program, and try to get a student volunteer in such a position, that could then be considered "workstudy." Next steps include them reviving the GLAM pages that were created with the help of User:Dominic (Wikipedia:GLAM/Smithsonian Institution), finding some Wikimedia D.C. volunteers for the event, scheduling, and investigating other opportunities for engagement. Let me know if you have thoughts or questions! I was really happy with our meeting. OR drohowa (talk) 17:33, 8 December 2014 (UTC)

Congratulations and welcome![edit]

Congratulations on your recent recognition as a user group! We wanted to let you know about this tool for Wikimedia organizations (including user groups) that was just recently developed, in case you are interested in participating in the first phase of the project. We are collecting a first round of responses until 21 December: Organizational_effectiveness/Tool. We wanted to let you know about the tool, since as a newer group, we may not have reached out to you yet.

If your group is interested in participating, but has questions, we'd be happy to help you get started. Just contact me on my user page or send me a note at orgeffectiveness at wikimedia dot org. Cheers and welcome, Winifred Olliff (FDC Support Team) talk 19:08, 15 December 2014 (UTC)

Facebook update[edit]

The Wikimedia LGBT+ Facebook page has surpassed the 100-*Like* threshold, which isn't too shabby considering posts to the page are infrequent and we don't really have any sort of marketing or social media strategy. I try to add a news update when a major event takes place, but feel free to post here if you think of content to add to the page, status updates, etc. And needless to say, do feel free to join the page and/or invite a friend! -Another Believer (talk) 22:40, 15 December 2014 (UTC)

LGBT History Month (UK)?[edit]

February is LGBT History Month in the UK. Any thoughts on something we could do in conjunction? Could be a low-key online edit-a-thon at English Wikipedia, where we identify articles needing improvement and any one may participate remotely, or an organized meetup in the UK? Just throwing the idea out there. -Another Believer (talk) 22:48, 15 December 2014 (UTC)

I have some contacts with key groups, however December is a bust for me and leaving it to January to start arranging things is probably too late. I'm sad to say that after the totally embarrassing way the chapter responded to my simple request to borrow a projector to support the LGBT editathon, I have no intention of being stung for a second time.
For the UK it is probably more realistic to think about planning events in advance of Pride in the summer which require no material support, unless WM-LGBT can arrange some independent funding. -- (talk) 14:38, 16 December 2014 (UTC)
Understood. Physical meetups can require a lot of work. If group members would be interested in some sort of online collaboration/project, feel free to share your thoughts and ideas here. Otherwise, if we would prefer to begin working on the next Wiki Loves Pride campaign, we can get an early start on that... -Another Believer (talk) 15:45, 16 December 2014 (UTC)

Queer History edit-a-thon in Vancouver[edit]

The Georgia Straight reports (January 8) that there will be a Queer History in Vancouver editathon in the Bennett Library at Simon Fraser University on January 12:

-Another Believer (talk) 21:08, 9 January 2015 (UTC)

I created a page for the event at ENWP here. We may also want to include it in the calendar we have here? -Another Believer (talk) 21:28, 9 January 2015 (UTC)

Intro to LGBTQ Wikipedia event in downtown Boston on Jan 20...[edit]

Wikimedia Conference 2015[edit]

The Wikimedia Conference is where all Wikimedia affiliates get together to discuss the future of the Wikimedia movement. It was recently announced that the Wikimedia Conference 2015 will take place in Berlin, Germany on 15-17 May 2015. As an approved user group I believe we are in a position to benefit from this event, both in terms of us sharing what we are doing as a new user group, but also finding out what other affiliates are doing which we could learn.

Based on last year's policy, there will be two scholarships available for us to send two representatives to the conference and I think we should make use of them. Now is probably the time to start thinking about who we should send to represent the Wikimedia LGBT+ User Group at the conference. From what I've seen, I believe the two individuals most suited to representing us are Another Believer (talk · contribs) and (talk · contribs) – are you both interested? However, the tasks involved (attending the conference, reporting back what happened etc.) aren't too demanding most of the time, so I'm sure there are others who we could happily send as well. I myself would be open to the idea. Any thoughts? CT Cooper · talk 22:24, 13 January 2015 (UTC)

I am glad to see there are two scholarships. Having been the Chapters Association Chair but now am independent, I know many of the people going and they know me. It may be a plus that I'm not too far away, though it does save on costs and carbon-footprint (the latter is something that these conferences tend not to measure but is worth pondering). I would not want to personally drive any significant agreements, but if this is a question of taking on board what is possible, taking part in workshops, discussions and reporting back, I would be happy with that scope.
Note that our initiatives need follow-through, so how other small groups and user groups network, motivate and deliver on aspirations is something we probably could learn from as a group.
I suggest anyone interested in going put their name up and we could always arrange a telecon to decide how we want to be represented and by whom. I would expect that a few WM-LGBT members may be going and sponsored in other roles, so that may help in terms of a larger LGBT group representation than just 2.
Oh, keep in mind that Wikimania will probably be a much bigger opportunity for representing our projects and related issues. Having this in quite a different part of the planet is probably a useful factor to balance. -- (talk) 23:11, 13 January 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for starting this thread. It is helpful to know sooner than later who is interested in attending (and I invite other project members to also express interest). We are lucky to have more representatives who would like to attend than possible. My understanding of the conference is that invitations are extended to groups (and/or individuals?), though the rules may be more strict or subjective. I would be interested in attending on behalf of either WMLGBT+ and/or WMCascadia, but at the same time I would not want to deprive the opportunity from someone who is interested in affiliate operations, applying for funding, reporting, outreach initiatives, program implementation, etc. (These are the sorts of things I assume are discussed at this conference.) I would be happy to have the LGBT+ group represented regardless of who attends. And I do recognize the monetary and environmental savings by sending representatives from Europe over North America. Other conferences (and opportunities to represent the group) this year include Wikimania and WikiConference USA. -Another Believer (talk) 23:45, 13 January 2015 (UTC)
Thank you to you both for your speedy responses and for expressing interest. I'm currently presuming we'll get offered two scholarships based on last year's system, though that may be changed for one reason or another. Worst case scenario and we don't get invited, there's always next year, and I've already confirmed my attendance at Wikimania, which I believe will be the biggest opportunity to communicate with the wider community. I am interested in going as I'm passionate about WM LGBT+ and it would be easy for me to get to Berlin from London, though I've never been to a Wikimedia Conference before and I would know few of the people there. There's always a first though.
For the time being, it would be great to know if some further people would be interested? Please feel free to put your name forward. CT Cooper · talk 19:05, 14 January 2015 (UTC)
I support the nomination of User:Another Believer and User:Fae to attend the Chapters conference if indeed Wikimedia LGBT gets offered two scholarships. 03:22, 17 January 2015 (UTC)
Part of me says thanks and the other part of me is confused because I don't know where this is coming from... or if/why I am being associated with your other comment re: HR staffing. (?) -Another Believer (talk) 16:50, 17 January 2015 (UTC)
I will already be attending in my capacity on AffCom, and happy to help support or represent the group while there. :) --Varnent (talk)(COI) 07:04, 17 January 2015 (UTC)
Glad to hear! Again, we are fortunate so have multiple people interested and willing to represent this group. What a great problem to have! -Another Believer (talk) 16:50, 17 January 2015 (UTC)

I can now confirm that I'll be in Berlin at that time in order to meet a friend who is also attending the conference, who I haven't seen since 2011. I've made the presumption that I won't be getting a scholarship, but it is permissible for Wikimedia affiliates to register additional delegates over the two getting scholarships, and I would be happy to act as a third representative as required. CT Cooper · talk 20:43, 23 January 2015 (UTC)

The registration details for the Wikimedia Conference 2015 have been announced, though they are different from last year. The good news is that because we are active and up-to-date on our reports, we are eligible to attend, however as we are a user group, there is only one scholarship available rather than two and we have only been invited to send one person. CT Cooper · talk 18:36, 11 February 2015 (UTC)

It sounds like there will be several people taking part who will be publicly networking on behalf of WM-LGBT anyway. I'm happy to drop out and see Another Believer be our sponsored delegate. Face-smile.svg -- (talk) 19:09, 11 February 2015 (UTC)
That is very kind, Fae. I'd be honored to represent our group and appreciate your support. @CT Cooper: You have also expressed interest in going. You've noted that you will already be in Berlin at the time of the conference. Does this mean you will be able to attend without scholarship funding? I do hope so and I do not want to take the opportunity to attend the conference away from you. Finally, is there anyone else who would like to represent our group? Please speak now or forever hold your peace. -Another Believer (talk) 22:21, 11 February 2015 (UTC)
You are clearly best placed to represent WM LGBT+ at the conference, so I believe the scholarship should go to yourself. I will indeed be in Berlin at the time of the conference. I've been talking with the friend I'm staying with who has attended WMC before now, I'm reasonably confident I will be able to get in without scholarship funding since I won't be costing anyone anything. The more the merrier for our user group I think! CT Cooper · talk 13:31, 12 February 2015 (UTC)
My friend has been in contact with WMDE who are hosting the conference. They're are happy for me to attend on behalf of WM LGBT+ as a supporter and advisor for our chosen delegate. The chosen delegate will have transport and accommodation paid for them by the WMF and they will be responsible for casting any votes on behalf of our user group during the conference and for producing a post-conference report – I will be available to advice and assist on either of these tasks however. Per above, for the time being, I'm presuming our chosen delegate will be Another Believer. CT Cooper · talk 17:59, 15 February 2015 (UTC)
I am very happy to hear of your ability to attend the conference. Great news! I'm not sure about the sorts of votes that take place at the conference, but I'd be proud to serve as a representative of this group and vote in accordance with what I believe are our shared values. Similarly, I will share what is taking place and report results to the best of my ability. Of course, I would also welcome CT to do the same because the more perspectives, the better. Since no one else has thrown their name in the hat the past few days, I intend to register for the conference in the coming days and once I know I am cleared from work. -Another Believer (talk) 19:46, 18 February 2015 (UTC)
Yeah, I think it's clear now that you're going to be our representative. I don't know much about the votes either, though I'm confident we can handle them as they came. The reports shouldn't be a major issue either. I've already registered, so I welcome you doing the same as soon as you can be sure you can attend. I'm really looking forward to it! CT Cooper · talk 16:13, 19 February 2015 (UTC)

I'm afraid I have some bad news. Despite WMDE initially being happy for additional attendees to come to the conference, the Wikimedia Foundation are insisting that no one can attend the conference above the quota, which is just one person for user groups, two for chapters and thematic organisations, and four for chapters with paid staff. These quotas are highly arbitrary given that some user groups are as "important" as some chapters, and having at least two representative has many advantages over having just one, but the WMF are pushing this clampdown due to some chapters last year sending far too many people which resulted in overcrowding and food running out – Wikimedia UK for example sent nine people!? I will however be attending the socials, which are run by WMDE, who have explicitly said I will be welcome and have noted that more sometimes gets achieved at such events than during the official conference. Currently WMDE seem to think I'll be the representative for WM LGBT+; I'm working on clearing this up now. CT Cooper · talk 14:59, 20 February 2015 (UTC)

This is very disappointing news, especially since you plan to be in the city at that time and were already under the impression you could attend as a guest. I am sure there will be many ways for you to participate nonetheless. -Another Believer (talk) 16:20, 20 February 2015 (UTC)
I think it'll work out for me, as it will allow me to spend more time with my friend who has also been caught out under this new rule, including on his birthday. I'll still be around for socials and we can still meetup outside the conference to discuss things whatever happens CT Cooper · talk 18:31, 20 February 2015 (UTC)

Wikimania 2015, Mexico City[edit]

Wikimania 2015?

Never too early to start making plans for LGBT representation at Wikimania 2015, Mexico City. I'm not certain I will be attend, but I went ahead and created an LGBT Meetup page because I hope there can be at least one LGBT+ meet and greet during the conference. This could be for official Wikimedia LGBT+ User Group business and/or a casual meet and greet (we had both in London--fun times!). Also, here is an opportunity to discuss other ways to participate in the conference, such as proposed sessions/panels/presentations or LGBT+ handout distribution, etc. All thoughts welcome. -Another Believer (talk) 20:30, 14 January 2015 (UTC)

I'm definitely going to be there, barring extreme circumstances, and I'm happy to do my bit to ensure the meetup happens. I think the formal session followed by something less formal worked well last time and we could do that again. I had initially ruled out doing a presentation or session for Wikimania 2015, but given this opportunity to showcase Wikimedia LGBT+, I'm going to re-consider. I've run a session for Wikimania before, and I'll happily do it again, though I'd welcome doing a joint one with one or more other volunteers. That said, I think our top priority should be to have something in the Community Village, presuming this will on again for Wikimania 2015. CT Cooper · talk 15:21, 15 January 2015 (UTC)
Glad to know we have at least one project member with confirmed plans to attend and ensure an LGBT+meetup! -Another Believer (talk) 18:10, 15 January 2015 (UTC)
I will be there. I will support. Blue Rasberry (talk) 19:10, 15 January 2015 (UTC)
I will be there and would be happy to help preparing the presentation or the meetup or both Amir (talk) 13:55, 16 January 2015 (UTC)
User:Bluerasberry and I have discussed with many community members, stakeholders, and 3rd party organizations, the possibility of creating a grant-funded position for a HR staff person to handle harassment reports on Wikipedia, and also on Tor, and possibly other like-minded projects. I think this would be a great project for us (perhaps Lane and I, and others if they want to join) to present on and gather support, on behalf of Wikimedia LGBT, at Wikimania 2015. Grants:IdeaLab/Fund a community human resources staffperson. 03:26, 17 January 2015 (UTC) (This is Fae, I think. Blue Rasberry (talk) 22:25, 17 January 2015 (UTC)}
I am hoping to go and would like to suggest we consider a fundraiser or something to help possibly raise funds for additional LGBT+ scholarships to future WM conferences. Just a thought. --Varnent (talk)(COI) 07:05, 17 January 2015 (UTC)
That's certainly something we could consider. The main scholarships programme has limited resources, though they are setting some funding aside explicitly for those doing presentations, and then there's chapter scholarships. CT Cooper · talk 12:34, 17 January 2015 (UTC)

Just a note to remind everyone that the deadline to apply for a WMF scholarship to attend Wikimania is 16 February 2015, so please get an application in soon if you want to do so and haven't yet got round to it. Furthermore, the deadline for making submissions for Wikimania is 28 February 2015, a date which is also coming up fast. Since there has been some interest in submitting an Wikimedia LGBT+ presentation I'm going to take the lead and draft something before the deadline. Myself and others can make amendments and improvements after the deadline, but late submissions are not normally accepted. I'll keep this talk page updated. CT Cooper · talk 17:01, 10 February 2015 (UTC)

Thanks for the reminder and for working on a draft presentation. -Another Believer (talk) 18:24, 10 February 2015 (UTC)

Wiki Loves Pride 2015[edit]

Are project members interested in hosting another Wiki Loves Pride campaign for 2015? Last year, the campaign was mostly held in the U.S. in June (in conjunction with Pride Month, and because Dorothy and I both live there), though some events were held in India and photo galleries were created for newly-uploaded images in Austria, Canada, Poland and South Korea. For an inaugural campaign, I thought it was successful, but certainly there is room for improvement. What would we like to do differently? Who wants to be involved? Is there a better time of year or region(s) we should focus on?

Based on last year's experience, I think the sooner we can encourage people and affiliates to consider an LGBT-related event in June, the better. Organizing events late in the game is hard, especially when many chapters already have calendars and budgets established. We could encourage in-person meetups, try to form partnerships with LGBT-related institutions, or even ask that people attend and document/photograph LGBT events such as pride parades. It might also help if we had a dedicated volunteer to distribute a press release to LGBT publications, local or national, to spread the word about the purpose of Wiki Loves Pride. The Art+Feminism project has been very successful in this regard. Maybe there could also be a dedicated volunteer for reaching out to chapters and other affiliates, requesting their participation. The 2014 campaign also saw a collaboration with Wikimedia Commons in the form of a photo contest. It would be nice if we could replicate this and/or also collaborate with other Wikimedia communities such as Wikivoyage, Wikisource, Wikidata, Wikinews, etc. Similarly, is there a volunteer who would like to invite Wikipedias in other languages to participate?

Thoughts? Concerns? Volunteers? I am really just thinking out loud at this point, but I'd like to gauge the level of interest and give others the opportunity to provide input about this group's goals for the year. Keep in mind, we don't have to do the same Wiki Loves Pride campaign we did last year. Who knows... maybe this group will be most productive by doing collaborative projects remotely instead of trying to coordinate in-person meetups around the world. All ideas and goals are welcome. -Another Believer (talk) 17:23, 17 January 2015 (UTC)

  • There are organizations hosting meetups in NYC and Washington DC in the United States. Details are not public yet but in my opinion there is good support in those two places. Blue Rasberry (talk) 22:22, 17 January 2015 (UTC)
Re: User:Bluerasberry's comments - we have been talking to institutions about hosting meetups in NYC and Washington DC and these places seem fairly sure that they will host events. OR drohowa (talk) 20:16, 31 January 2015 (UTC)
  • I certainly think we could arrange something for here in the UK. Wikimedia UK has said they would be happy to fund an LGBT related event if one was to be arranged, and I would be happy to get that organised. I'm not exactly sure what and where yet, but London events tend to have good turn outs. CT Cooper · talk 20:48, 23 January 2015 (UTC)

Wellcome Library image donation[edit]

Project supporters, check out "Wellcome Library donates 100,000 medical images to Wikimedia Commons" on the Wikimedia blog. The post was written by Fae and mentions Wikimedia LGBT+ specifically. Great work, Fae! -Another Believer (talk) 17:30, 21 January 2015 (UTC)

One more thought: Might it be worth creating a page, either here or at Commons, for displaying of gallery of the LGBT-related images specifically? -Another Believer (talk) 17:31, 21 January 2015 (UTC)
Another Believer I think lots of people would make all kinds of galleries if making galleries were encouraged. So far as I know, it never has been, and there is no way for people to browse Wikimedia Commons image galleries or curate their own picture collections.
I support the idea of curating these posters and have thought of doing so myself because of the attention that they could attract. Do you know of any existing model for arranging what you imagine? Blue Rasberry (talk) 18:26, 21 January 2015 (UTC)
I don't know of a model, but it would be nice to be able to curate LGBT-related images, not only because they carry a common theme and could prove educational for someone searching for LGBT images specifically, but it is an opportunity to showcase the work of one of our own project members. In case we need to report on our activities and results, it would be helpful to know the number of LGBT images uploaded, usage statistics, etc. -Another Believer (talk) 18:49, 21 January 2015 (UTC)

Creating galleries is fine on Commons, see c:Commons:Galleries. If a gallery exists, a user need only put that word in the search bar to find it. Examples include c:LGBT activists, c:LGBT protest in Milan, December 10 2008 and c:Homosexuality (pre-modern). So, if you fancy creating a show case for key LGBT images from the Wellcome collection, or indeed elsewhere, give it a go. -- (talk) 18:52, 21 January 2015 (UTC)

So, would commons:Wellcome Library/LGBT be the best location? -Another Believer (talk) 19:04, 21 January 2015 (UTC)
Maybe, if you were to create the parent. Face-smile.svg -- (talk) 19:16, 21 January 2015 (UTC)
I went ahead and created the page (it can always be moved later). I have no idea how to best go about sifting through 100,000+ images for LGBT-related ones specifically, but I've started browsing from the beginning and added a few to the Commons gallery (including a sub-gallery for a series of "Stop AIDS' campaign posters). Needless to say, I welcome others to assist with this task, especially if you know how to find/isolate images specific to the gallery's purpose. -Another Believer (talk) 19:27, 21 January 2015 (UTC)
You can play around with incategory searches like this. For example typing "AIDS incategory:Files_from_Wellcome_Images" in the Commons search bar returns 2,782 images. -- (talk) 19:34, 21 January 2015 (UTC)
Indeed, I remember adding some very educational images on from this batch. AIDS prevention seems to get worse pretty much everywhere in the world, so there is a lot to inform in this area. --Nemo 11:24, 22 January 2015 (UTC)

Draft submission for Wikimania 2015, Mexico City[edit]

Per earlier discussion at #Wikimania 2015, Mexico City, I have completed a draft submission on our user group for Wikimania, which can be found at wm2015:Submissions/Wikimedia LGBT+. What I currently have in mind is a presentation which reviews and promotes Wikimedia LGBT+ to a wider audience. I've gone for the default time allocation of 30 minutes, as I think this should be enough for us and time comes at a premium at Wikimania. I've drafted an outline of what the presentation will cover, though I've avoided going into too much detail as this is probably best decided later, particularly as we still have over five months until the conference and a lot can happen in that time. In the meantime, I welcome feedback on the overall plan and how the submission is currently presented. I'm happy to put together the presentation and present it on my own when the time comes, though I'd also be pleased to work with any volunteers. CT Cooper · talk 18:12, 15 February 2015 (UTC)

Thank you for putting this together, CT Cooper. It is a solid draft and I'd be happy to assist in any capacity, from simply attending to participating, if helpful and if I am able to attend the conference. I proposed a similar presentation last year, which was commended but ultimately not accepted, but I hope your attempt is successful. The feedback I got was that presentations should not only illustrate impact within the Wikimedia movement but also illustrate how take-aways from the presentation can be replicated additionally in the future, or elsewhere in the world. I hope other project members will express their support and provide feedback of their own. -Another Believer (talk) 19:10, 15 February 2015 (UTC)
Thank you for your support. Interesting feedback you got there and I'm going to keep it mind. CT Cooper · talk 19:16, 15 February 2015 (UTC)
I will probably be there (depends on scholarship) and I offer my help anyway I can help even for organizing the LGBT meetup Amir (talk) 08:13, 20 February 2015 (UTC)

Since the deadline for submissions is tomorrow I've given it a further run through and added more detail – including proposing some audience participation and making the intended outcomes clearer. Since the abstract is now past 500 words, I don't think lack of detail will be a problem. As always, feedback is welcome, and edits can be made after the deadline. CT Cooper · talk 20:11, 27 February 2015 (UTC)