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WMF UCOC Update: Survey[edit]

Hello Everyone,

The message below is from Mervat Salman of the Trust and Safety Team. She is compiling information for the UCOC committee from all affiliate groups about their experiences with harassment, what they expect from the UCOC, and what they do not want to see in it. Links to the survey in several languages are below. If you need it in another language, please contact Mervat at msalman-ctr@wikimedia.org. She would like folx to send their responses within the next two weeks. Thank you very much!

Sincerely, Rachel Wexelbaum (User:RachelWex)


There has been talks about the need for a global set of conduct rules in different communities over time, and finally, Wikimedia Foundation Board announced a Community Culture Statement, enacting new standards to address harassment and promote inclusivity across projects.

Since the universal code of conduct that will be a binding minimum set of standards across all Wikimedia projects, will apply to all of us, staff and volunteers alike, all around the globe, and will impact our work as groups, individuals and projects, it’s of great importance that we all participate in expressing our opinions and thoughts about UCoC, its nature, what we think it should cover or include and what it shouldn’t include; how it may develop, drawback or help our groups.

This is the time to talk about it. As you are a valuable contributor to the Wikimedia movement, your voice counts. Before starting to draft the code of conduct, we would like to hear from you; We invite you to devote some minutes to take this survey; your answers will help us create a safer environment for all on Wikimedia:

(English): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd36dNdU3C5shXEkKp9itJOhuCTx9hZE5AE-xflkxtfRMnZtg/viewform?usp=pp_url

(Spanish): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSczplOUFD8MXf7hBBd6kuELGF4sOGyqnXwbrWHg3yP9JK3Cgg/viewform?usp=pp_url

(French): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeTJRc-8Pzi8J7rhlh3nqT7OvB5g1MN3n-SXCz786JCMWVHGQ/viewform?usp=pp_url

(Dutch): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeOdS5dCkC8eYlnc-546d42b8N36bOwZ9uFOjmvD3h2TNnysQ/viewform?usp=pp_url

(Russian): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeTJRc-8Pzi8J7rhlh3nqT7OvB5g1MN3n-SXCz786JCMWVHGQ/viewform?usp=pp_url

It’s possible that you are a member of more than one affiliate; hence you may receive this survey more than once, and you may have participated previously in the discussions or filled out a previous survey during the first round of consultations about UCoC which targeted wikipedia/wikimedia communities. We apologize for this; it is really difficult to identify if a wikimedian belongs to multiple groups that work to spread free knowledge.

Looking forward to your thoughts and opinions and hoping that you can respond within the next 2 weeks. If you have any questions about the surveys or difficulties accessing the link, please contact me by email (msalman-ctr@wikimedia.org)

Results will be considered during the drafting process for the UCoC

Thank you for your participation



Mervat Salman

Trust & Safety (Policy) Facilitator

Wikimedia Foundation

Wikimedia LGBT+ Movement Strategy Priorities[edit]

Hello Wikimedia LGBT+ Membership,

After our Wikimedia LGBT+ meeting this past Thursday, User:RachelWex and Blue Rasberry drafted the following Movement Strategy Priorities for Wikimedia LGBT+. This is only a draft at this point. Please feel free to comment and discuss in the next few days; we need to submit these Movement Strategies in two weeks or so.

For the complete list of Movement Strategy priorities, please refer to the following document: [[1]]


Recommendation 3: Provide for Safety and Inclusion
Priority:
Why We Want It:
Wikimedia LGBT+ membership is among the most targeted and at risk groups for harm in Wikimedia spaces. Moreover, the LGBT+ community is as diverse as the global population. While this maximal community diversity has its benefits, it also means that the safety problems which members report to us are also maximally diverse. The safety solutions which this community requires can only come from LGBT+ engagement in addressing the challenge of safety.
Wikimedia LGBT+ membership is most at risk for harm in Wikimedia spaces. We are a multinational, multicultural, intersectional group who also encompass Black, Indigenous, and other people of color; non-Christian individuals; disabled individuals, and individuals whose Wikipedia work may put them at odds with local or national LGBT-phobic laws.
What we want to do:
Lead in development of training materials or other educational opportunities to make online spaces more inclusive and accepting of LGBT+ people.
Advocate for more WMF legal representation and coordination with human rights organizations to protect LGBTQ+ Wikimedians.
16 Code of Conduct
17 Private incident reporting 18 Baseline of community responsibilities
19 Develop a safety assessment and execution plan - technical, human, and legal support processes
20 Advocacy - local capacity development
21 Built-in platform mechanisms for safety


Recommendation 8: Identify Topics for Impact
Priority:
Why we want it:
LGBT+ content still non-existent, underrepresented, inaccurate, or culturally irrelevant in many language Wikipedias. As terminology evolves and the number of notable LGBTQ+ people, events, legislation, etc increases, Wikimedia LGBT+ needs to ensure that the main topic areas are kept authoritative and in good standing in all language Wikipedias.
What we want to do:
36 Identify the impact of Wikimedia projects & content

  • Eliminate Misinformation
  • Identifying impactful topics

37 List of high-impact topics

  • Bridging content gaps

38 Content initiatives in underrepresented communities


Recommendation 6: Invest in Skills and Leadership Development
Priority:
Why we want it:
Currently Wikimedia LGBT+ is a global thematic user group with growing international membership. While all of us are engaged in a wide variety of individual LGBT+ Wikimedia activities and initiatives, our global thematic user group needs community and topic specific leadership training to engage and include our broader existing and incoming membership and to ensure consistent funding for large global projects.
What we want to do:
Develop Wikimedia LGBT+ infrastructure, membership, and leadership so that it is sustainable.
31 Global approach for local skill development - gathering data, matching peers, mentorship, recognition
32 Leadership development plan
33 Skill development infrastructure


RachelWex (talk) 16:31, 30 October 2020 (UTC)

Thanks User:RachelWex and Blue Rasberry for getting this conversation started. What is the best way for us to discuss, develop, and wrap-up this effort? Should we reply here or just edit the parts above, wikk-style? I know the timeline is very close, after which we will miss out on funding as a UG as related to the Movement Strategy. --- FULBERT (talk) 16:37, 31 October 2020 (UTC)
@RachelWex and FULBERT: This is late but I have an editable document at Wikimedia LGBT+/2020 Movement Strategy Priorities. Will also share with telegram. This should go to Mehrdad as our WMF contact for this. Can one of you send this to him for comment? "Mehrdad - to what extent is this kind of document what you are requesting from Wikimedia community affiliates for the upcoming Wikimedia Foundation Movement Strategy discussion on priorities? Would you want other affiliates to produce a list like this?" Blue Rasberry (talk) 15:39, 6 November 2020 (UTC)
Thanks User:RachelWex and Blue Rasberry (talk). I made some edits on that link for flow and clarity. Let me know if you prefer me to port those here. --FULBERT (talk) 16:10, 8 November 2020 (UTC)

I will send this to Mehrdad on Monday with the questions that you present here. Thanks Lane. RachelWex (talk) 00:40, 8 November 2020 (UTC)

We need to submit our prioritized recommendations for what our UG is requesting related to the Movement Strategy. Any other feedback or thoughts on this, please add or offer thoughts by Thursday November 12 — https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_LGBT%2B/2020_Movement_Strategy_Priorities. Either RachelWex or I will submit for our UG on Friday. Thanks Blue Rasberry (talk) for your help moving this forward. --FULBERT (talk) 02:32, 10 November 2020 (UTC)

Wikimedia LGBT+ Annual Report[edit]

Hello Everyone,

User: FULBERT and I (User:RachelWex) have to put together our annual report for Wikimedia LGBT+. We have to talk about what the group accomplished in the past 12 months, and perhaps what WMF funds we spent doing those things. I will put something on meta later so that people can contribute content. We did all the conference planning of course for Queering Wikipedia, but there was a lot of other things people did too I think that we accomplished as a larger group.

We received a 30 day extension to submit the report in December, but we are trying to get on top of this now. Please let us know if you have anything we should include in this report.

Sincerely,

Rachel Wexelbaum (User:RachelWex)

Jeffrey Keefer (User:FULBERT)

We are tracking our Annual Report specs for the last year HERE. Please add whatever you have about our User Group over the last year. Pinging a few of our memebrs who may be able to add things to this User:Another Believer, User:Fæ, User:RachelWex, Pharos, Shikeishu, Nattes à chat, Rajeeb, Zblace, Kawayashu. We need this completed and submitted by December 11, 2020. --FULBERT (talk) 18:36, 12 November 2020 (UTC)

Thank you for reminder! I can contribute with reporting on the work I did inside the conference program group, my own efforts in Video statements (with 3 members contributing) and #femWikiRAINBOW intervention (with one other member joining). I am not sure if work that was done on http://Queer.WikiSpore.org counts into this (just to make sure it is not double reported). Zblace (talk) 07:50, 13 November 2020 (UTC)

Wiki Women/Womxn Meet Up for Movement Strategy Implementation[edit]

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Hi everyone. The time has come to put Movement Strategy into work and we need your help. We are inviting Wiki women/womxn of all languages to join an online meeting focused on Movement Strategy and Implementation.

  • Date/Time: Saturday, November 14, 2020, at 16:00 - 18:00 UTC
  • Zoom link

The purpose of the meeting is to prepare for global conversations, to identify priorities for implementation in 2021, and to plan the following steps. There are 10 recommendations and they propose multiple 45 initiatives written over two years by many Wikimedians. It is now up to communities to decide which ones we should work on together in 2021, starting with local and regional conversations. Global meetings will take place later in November when we will discuss global coordination and resources.

We would not be able to grow and diversify as a movement if wiki women/womxn communities are not meaningfully involved in implementing the recommendations. Join the conversation with your questions and ideas, or just come to say hi. Learn more here. See you soon! --Rosiestep (talk) 17:12, 11 November 2020 (UTC)

November LGBT+ User Group Meeting - Thursday November 12 at 1:00 pm EST[edit]

We have been discussing meeting in November to finalize our LGBT+ User Group's Priorities for the Movement Strategy -- see HERE for what we are proposing -- and the final time we can discuss this before it must be submitted is at this time. It has been shared on the Telegram channel and through the email list, so now our task is merely to finalize any open language issues.

Here is a link to a page for today's meeting, so please check your times HERE. All are welcome. --FULBERT (talk) 17:40, 12 November 2020 (UTC)

Join the Global Conversations on November 21 and 22[edit]

Hola, こんにちは, E kaabo, Ciao, ਸਤਿ ਸ਼੍ਰੀ, Hello, سلام, Halo, Salut, 你好, Nnọọ, হ্যালো, Hallo, สวัสดี, Dzień dobry, Gyebale ko, வணக்கம், Mi Kwabo, ନମସ୍କାର, приветствие, שלום, Mholo, नमस्ते, γεια, Ahoj, ഹലോ, 여보세요, مرحبا, Բարեւ Ձեզ, Xin chào, Hallå, ಹಲೋ, Sawubona, નમસ્તે, Здраво, Merhaba, Talofa, హలో, Olá, ನಮಸ್ಕಾರ

Wikimedia LGBT+, we would love to see you at the upcoming Movement Strategy Global Conversations. It’s been a while.

The Movement Strategy Global Conversations will take place on Saturday November 21, 11:00 to 15:00 UTC, and Sunday November 22, 17:00 to 21:00 UTC, and you are warmly invited.

The focus will be to look at priorities identified by communities and affiliates, and to begin to create a movement-wide implementation plan for 2021. The main sessions will be in English. Any group interested to support live interpretation in another language may be able to receive a rapid grant. Let us know as soon as possible.

Please register by Nov. 20 so we can share the Zoom login information with you. If you have any questions or comments, don’t hesitate to reach out to the Support Team via Telegram, Wikimedia Chat or by email at strategy2030(_AT_)wikimedia.org.

Looking forward to seeing you on November 21 or 22.

MPourzaki (WMF) (talk) 16:05, 16 November 2020 (UTC)

November LGBT+ User Group Meeting #2 - Wednesday November 18 at 1:00 pm EST /[edit]

At our monthly User Group meeting last week, we discussed scheduling a follow-up to write our LGBT+ User Group's Annual Report together. Some have already been working on this, and this will be an opportunity to do this together.

Here is a link to a page for today's meeting, so please check your times HERE. All are welcome. --FULBERT (talk) 14:04, 18 November 2020 (UTC)

Call for insights on ways to better communicate the work of the movement[edit]

The Movement Strategy recommendations published this year made clear the importance of establishing stronger communications within our movement. To this end, the Foundation wants to gather insights from communities, including affiliates, on ways we all might more consistently communicate about our collective work, and better highlight community contributions from across the movement. Over the coming months, we will be running focus groups and online discussions to collect these insights. We hope your affiliate will decide to share your thoughts by participating in a focus group or joining the discussion on Meta-Wiki.

ELappen (WMF) (talk) 18:54, 18 November 2020 (UTC)

Sunday November 29 Strategic Wikimedia Affiliates Network meeting[edit]

Take flight with us.

The Strategic Wikimedia Affiliates Network (SWAN) is a developing forum for all Wikimedia movement affiliates to share ideas on the Wikimedia 2030 strategy process. It expands on the model of the All-Affiliates Brand Meeting to help lay some of the groundwork for a future Global Council.

Following up on the August, September, and October SWAN meetings, and June's All-Affiliates Brand Meeting, as well as strategic and outreach topics of mutual concern to all affiliates including the recent proposed changes to the Wikimedia Foundation Bylaws, this month we are meeting on Sunday November 29, and you are all invited to RSVP here.

(Note that the UTC times of 03:00 UTC and 19:00 UTC are the same as before, although a number of places have had daylight savings time changes since our last meeting).--Pharos (talk) 18:48, 24 November 2020 (UTC)

Global Conversations continue on December 5 and 6[edit]

Hola, こんにちは, Ciao, Hello, سلام, Halo, Salut, 你好, Nnọọ, হ্যালো, Hallo, สวัสดี, Dzień dobry, வணக்கம், приветствие, שלום, Mholo, हैलो, γεια, Ahoj, ഹലോ, 여보세요, مرحبا, Բարեւ Ձեզ, Olá, Xin chào, Hallå, ಹಲೋ, Sawubona, Здраво, Merhaba, Talofa, హలో

Global Conversations Dec. 5 & 6

Hi Wikimedia LGBT+. 250 people participated in virtual Global Conversations that took place on November 21 and 22. The conversation continues on December 5 and 6 and we warmly invite you to take part. Registration is open until December 4. Looking forward to seeing you.

Since September, many groups have shared their local, regional, and thematic priorities for implementing the Movement Strategy recommendations. During the first set of Global Conversations on Nov. 21 and 22, we focused on initiatives that should be globally prioritized and coordinated. We invite you to read the selected global priorities. What do you like about them? What is missing? And what would make you want to play an active role in implementation? Share your thoughts in advance and continue the conversation on December 5 and 6.

Looking forward to seeing you again, or for the first time, on December 5 and 6.

MPourzaki (WMF) (talk) 20:58, 25 November 2020 (UTC)

On the Map: Wikimedia LGBT+ Movement Strategy Priorities[edit]

Wikimedia LGBT+ Movement Strategy Priorities are now officially on the map and table of Wikimedia Movement Strategy Priorities...

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/Transition/Prioritization_events/Table

Thank you to all who worked on this. I hope that Wikimedia LGBT+ represents on the Dec 5 - Dec 6 Movement Strategy discussions.

RachelWex (talk) 20:14, 1 December 2020 (UTC)

2020 December Foundation commitment of support for LGBT+ volunteers[edit]

On Tuesday December 8, 2020, Maggie Dennis, VP of Community Resilience and Sustainability at the Wikimedia Foundation, released the following statement of commitment to support LGBTQ+ Wikimedians and those from other vulnerable populations with some actions to be taken.

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Resilience_and_Sustainability/2020_December_Foundation_commitment_of_support_for_LGBT%2B_volunteers

I would like to thank the team of international LGBTQ+ Wikimedians who have helped me draft the commitments and actions to bring to WMF for discussion and implementation. The only reason I do not name them here is for their safety, as not everyone supports this work, and two of the volunteers engaged in this work are currently under threat. If you worked on this team with me and would like to be named, please reach out and I will do so.

Sincerely, RachelWex (talk)

Thank you for coordinating this @RachelWex:. I was glad to participate! In the meantime the statement has benn translated into French, Italian and ‎hrvatski. Let's hope that it will be translated in all languagesǃ Nattes à chat (talk) 17:46, 9 December 2020 (UTC)

December LGBT+ User Group Meeting #1 - Thursday December 10 at 1:00 pm EST /[edit]

Our December monthly User Group meeting will be at our regularly scheduled time of 1:00pm EST via Zoom. Please check your time here.

Please add agenda items and discussion points on our page for the meeting. All are welcome. --FULBERT (talk) 03:29, 10 December 2020 (UTC)

Sunday January 10 Strategic Wikimedia Affiliates Network meeting[edit]

Into the blue.

The Strategic Wikimedia Affiliates Network (SWAN) is a developing forum for all Wikimedia movement affiliates to share ideas on the Wikimedia 2030 strategy process. It expands on the model of the All-Affiliates Brand Meeting to help lay some of the groundwork for a future Global Council.

Following up on the August, September, October, and November SWAN meetings, and June's All-Affiliates Brand Meeting, as well as strategic and outreach topics of mutual concern to all affiliates including SWAN input on Interim Global Council and Movement Charter, this month we are meeting on Sunday January 10, and you are all invited to RSVP here.

To start the exchange of ideas on the IGC early, and to help prepare before the SWAN calls, we have set up and invite everyone to participate at this etherpad. If you like a more interactive way of discussing, we have also made a jamboard. Check here for more details.

--Pharos (talk) 18:39, 1 January 2021 (UTC)

January 2021 LGBT+ User Group Meeting - Tuesday January 19 at 12:30 pm EST/ 17:30 UTC[edit]

Our January monthly User Group meeting will be at 12:30pm EST via Zoom. Please check your time here.

Please add agenda items and discussion points on our page for the meeting. All are welcome. --- FULBERT (talk) 10:18, 18 January 2021 (UTC)

2021 Affiliates membership survey[edit]

There has been some discussion within the informal LGBT+ User Group Telegram Channel about the 2021 Affiliate Membership Survey, and the concerns about its asking questions related to gender (both of self as well as the respondent's perception of the gender of others), IP tracking, lack of privacy, lack of being able to skip questions, and overall intrusive questions (there are multiple surveys this year for Affiliates, and some ask questions about individual financial strain, if you can walk up and down stairs, and the like that seem odd and intrusive at best, while potentially threatening at worst). These survey concerns were raised with the Affiliations Committee and also a standing working group series of meetings between this User Group and WMF Trust and Safety. We have been told the survey has been adjusted based on our concerns, though it is challenging to understand how changing a survey mid-use is methodologically sound, not to mention after many people being told to avoid this as problematic. As a result, at the last LGBT+ User Group meeting on January 19 it was unanimously agreed by all members present that we recommend members of our User Group to NOT complete this survey due to concerns for privacy and safety. We understand the issues have supposedly been addressed, yet we have lost faith in survey process this year.

The survey is open and available for a few more days if anybody wishes to see it via the link above, and while our voices not being included in it and thus the results will not speak to us or our needs, we believe the survey is problematic enough that participating in it will be more problematic than its excluding us. I do understand two of our members have completed it, though more than that I cannot say as I personally abandoned the survey midway due to my concerns. I am posting this here in part as a representative for our User Group who offered to do it here on Meta, sharing our concerns with a survey that does not speak to our needs. Thank you. --- FULBERT (talk) 00:16, 27 January 2021 (UTC)

+1, we discussed this, it is in our meeting notes. Blue Rasberry (talk) 14:56, 27 January 2021 (UTC)

Project Grant Open Call[edit]

This is the announcement for the Project Grants program open call that started on January 11, with the submission deadline of February 10, 2021.
This first open call will be focussed on Community Organizing proposals. A second open call focused on research and software proposals is scheduled from February 15 with a submission deadline of March 16, 2021.

For the Round 1 open call, we invite you to propose grant applications that fall under community development and organizing (offline and online) categories. Project Grant funds are available to support individuals, groups, and organizations to implement new experiments and proven ideas, from organizing a better process on your wiki, coordinating a campaign or editathon series to providing other support for community building. We offer the following resources to help you plan your project and complete a grant proposal:

Weekly proposals clinics via Zoom during the Open Call. Join us for #Upcoming_Proposal_Clinics|real-time discussions with Program Officers and select thematic experts and get live feedback about your Project Grants proposal. We’ll answer questions and help you make your proposal better.

Program officers are also available to offer individualized proposal support upon request. Contact us at projectgrants@wikimedia.org if you would like feedback or more information.

We are excited to see your grant ideas that will support our community and make an impact on the future of Wikimedia projects. Put your idea into motion, and submit your proposal by February 10, 2021!

Please feel free to get in touch with questions about getting started with your grant application, or about serving on the Project Grants Committee. Contact us at projectgrants(_AT_)wikimedia.org.
RSharma (WMF)MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 07:56, 28 January 2021 (UTC)

February 2021 LGBT+ User Group Meeting - Tuesday February 16 at 12:00 pm EST/ 17:00 UTC[edit]

Our February monthly User Group meeting will be at 12:00pm EST via Zoom. Please check your time here.

Please add agenda items and discussion points on our page for the meeting. All are welcome. FULBERT (talk) 14:59, 15 February 2021 (UTC)

Sunday February 21 Strategic Wikimedia Affiliates Network meeting[edit]

We are a mosiac.

The Strategic Wikimedia Affiliates Network (SWAN) is a developing forum for all Wikimedia movement affiliates to share ideas on the Wikimedia 2030 strategy process. It expands on the model of the All-Affiliates Brand Meeting to help lay some of the groundwork for a future Global Council.

Following up on the August, September, October, November, and January SWAN meetings and June's All-Affiliates Brand Meeting, as well as strategic and outreach topics of mutual concern to all affiliates, this month we are meeting on Sunday February 21, and you are all invited to RSVP here.

To help set priorities for the SWAN agenda, and also to help manage which global conversations should be a focus in general, we have set up and invite everyone to participate at this SWAN priorities form.

Possible topics include Community Board seats, Interim Global Council, Strategy prioritization follow-up events, Branding, Universal Code of Conduct, Grant strategy, and WMF CEO search. That is a lot of things, which are most important to cover in our upcoming SWAN meeting?

--Pharos (talk) 18:49, 15 February 2021 (UTC)

Communications policy[edit]

There has been a refresh to the Wikimedia LGBT+/Communications page, so it can become a reference for what safe space means and our expectations that these groups and meetings are respected as confidential. It's a first pass, so a topic we can discuss at the next UG meeting. -- (talk) 13:22, 27 February 2021 (UTC)

Four panel discussions - Call for Feedback: Community Board seats final sprint[edit]

The final sprint

The Facilitation team invites you to a round of panel sessions March 12 - 14 in the last days of the Call for feedback: Community Board seats.

We are confirming guests and times, and we are updating the wiki pages accordingly. Expect 90-minute sessions with video recording: 45 minutes for a panel to dive deep into possible scenarios followed by 45 minutes to continue the conversation with open mic for all participants. You can share your questions and comments now on the panel Talk pages. Best, JKoerner (WMF) (talk) 17:46, 5 March 2021 (UTC)

March 2021 LGBT+ User Group Meeting - Tuesday March 9 at 12:00 pm EST/ 17:00 UTC[edit]

Our March monthly User Group meeting will be at 12:00pm EST via Zoom. Please check your time here.

Please add agenda items and discussion points on our page for the meeting. All are welcome. --- FULBERT (talk) 02:11, 8 March 2021 (UTC)