Wikimedia LGBT/2023-10-19

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This online video conference is open to all participants of the LGBT+ User Group , and is intended as an opportunity to discuss shared interests, opportunities, and challenges. The meeting will be conducted in English and Spanish, with a translator present.

The meeting will have an entry lobby, please reach out on the Telegram group if you are left waiting. The Wikimedia Universal Code of Conduct will be followed for this meeting.

Expected attendees[edit]

RSVP here!


  • User Group administrative updates
    • Wikimedia LGBT+ User Group Membership Registration and Elections
      • Membership launched Tuesday 12 September Wikimedia LGBT+/Membership/Registration-questions
      • You will have an opportunity to register as a voting User Group member. See here for details about the Membership process: Wikimedia LGBT+/Membership. Members will have voting privileges for upcoming Wikimedia LGBT+ Board Elections: Wikimedia LGBT+/Elections
      • Please invite LGBT+ editors you know to apply for membership and consider standing for election!
      • Updates on member registration:
        • Current number of registered people
        • Problem or issue reports?
        • Questions about membership registration?
        • Questions about running for the Wikimedia LGBT+ Board or Board elections?
    • Wikimedia LGBT+ board elections!
      • general rules at Wikimedia LGBT+/Elections
      • this election at Wikimedia LGBT+/Elections/2023
      • Only registered members can vote
      • Only registered members can stand as candidates
      • 1–15 November 2023 - candidate nomination period
      • 16–30 November 2023 - Voting
      • This is the last user group meeting before election starts!
      • Questions about election?
    • Wikimedia LGBT+ asked Wikimedia Foundation for US$100,000, to spend starting January 2024
      • See the proposal - Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/General Support Fund/Sustaining Wikimedia LGBT+
      • The User Group is applying for funding for governance/administration from the WMF. Feedback from UG participants and partners about strategy, fundraising, and governance is welcome and encouraged.
      • General plan: hire a part time executive director, one other staff person, and have budget for consultants
      • total annual administrative budget will be US$100,000
      • budget for programming will be negotiated with WMF in other grants, such as for Queering Wikipedia, safety concerns, and a conversation series
      • Questions about this annual grant from the WMF and generally about UG governance and financials?
  • Events and announcements
    • Wiki Loves Pride updates from anyone organizing an event or related campaign
    • Anyone have other events to promote/announce?
      • Put yours here or come ready to say something about your event
  • Community discussion
    • Wikimedia Foundation events in anti-LGBT+ jurisdictions
      • It is a recurring issue for Wikimedia LGBT+ to be asked to support WMF events in anti-LGBT+ spaces
      • What should our position on this be?
      • We do not have time to discuss now. Will revisit in 2024
      • We requested WMF funding to organize discussion on this in February 2022 and September 2022. WMF did not select for funding at that time. We are invited to submit again in 2024.
      • Anyone who has volunteer capacity to organize discussion or draft position comments may do so. This is a complicated issue.

Share + Discuss Ideas and Proposals[edit]

(please add any specific Wikimedia projects/events/activities topics you'd like to share with the group or open for discussion)

  • Decolonial frameworks in the effort to decenter Western languages and cultural norms as default categories for global conversations about LGBT+ topics Hexatekin (talk) 00:42, 19 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
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Chai Time! (After-meeting informal chats)[edit]

Tea, Turkish style
A tea cabin in Sreemangal, Bangladesh

Getting to know each other and having fun is an important part of why we exist! Following the meeting, there will be a half hour of unstructured time, where the meeting room will stay open for people to chat and form any proposed breakout rooms.


Previous meetings[edit]