This feels like an appropriate time to re-share some of the resources, links, and conversations that Yehoodi has compiled over the past couple of years on creating safer dance spaces and communities for everyone.
Originally this was largely directed at protecting women and young people from unwanted sexual advances and sexually predatory behavior and assault. But increasingly, we are seeing attention on ensuring that LGBTQ folk, people of color, immigrants, and people of all religious beliefs feel welcome and safe in our dance spaces.
The bad news is that it does take some work on all of our parts.
The good news is that there are lots of resources and people who are willing to help. And the larger goal of making our scenes welcoming and safe for all is how we keep this beautiful dance alive.
So here's a couple of places to start:
- A semi-definitive list of codes of conduct from different dances and events
- Resources for Creating Safe, Positive Swing Scenes
- The Safety Dance Facebook group
Here's three conversations on creating safer dance spaces among organizers, instructors and bloggers organized by Yehoodi: