The GAB Guidelines is an evolving document that has been created with, by, and for youth accessing QMUNITY youth spaces and events.

  1. Anti-Oppression: No homophobia, transphobia, biphobia, misogyny, sexism, racism, anti-Blackness, anti-Indigeneity, Islamaphobia, ableism, ageism, classism, fatphobia, xenophobia or hatefulness allowed
    • It’s ok to make mistakes and respectfully correct one another.
    • Bullying and stereotyping is not tolerated (including gossip!).
    • Avoid oppressive language (ex. using identity terms as insults).
    • Appropriation is a form of racism (ex. speech, dress, dance moves, etc.).
  2. Confidentiality: What’s said here, stays here! What’s learned here, leaves here!
    • Personal information shared at check-in and during the activities stays within the drop-in space.
    • Your own experiences and learnings are yours to share!
    • Don’t give out private information, people’s names, identities, and experiences without consent of the people involved.
  3. Respect: Treat others how they would like to be treated.
    • Support and celebrate others for what makes them unique. Don’t yuck my yum!
    • Ask before entering a person’s space (ex. hugs & touching), listen to their answer (verbal and non-verbal), and keep in mind boundaries may change.
    • When sharing with the group, be mindful of other people’s experiences and comfort levels (ex. noise levels, swear words, discussions about sex, triggers). Provide content warnings before sharing when possible!
  4. Awareness: Be aware of the energy you bring into the space.
    • Be aware of how much space/time you take up in the Youth Space. Look for opportunities for other youth to participate.
    • Notice what’s for the group, and what you might want to check in with a Youth Worker, friends, or a volunteer about.
    • Take care of yourself, and ask for support when you need it!
  5. Drugs and/or Alcohol : Gab is a drug and alcohol free space.
    • Keep talk about drugs & alcohol use to a minimum.
    • If you wish to talk about or seek support drug/alcohol counselling with a Youth Worker, ask to have a one to one meeting with them and they can hook you up with resources!
  6. Scent Reduction: Gab is a scent-reduced space.
    • People with MCS (multiple chemical sensitivities), allergies, and other illnesses and disabilities can be harmfully affected by fragrances.
    • Don’t wear perfume/cologne, hairspray or scented lotions, gels, or other fragrances into Gab.
    • We want everyone to be able to attend and participate without feeling sick!
  7. Relationships: Gab is sex-positive, not sex-facilitating!
    • Be respectful of others around you when showing affection. Make out on your own time please!
    • Help new youth build connections in the space. Give new youth time (at least a month) to get to know the program before beginning to explore exclusive relationships.

 

 

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