Intersectional Anticissexist Awareness - Concept
This concept is about dealing with and preventing intersectional/interdependent discrimination, sexualised violence and structural violence. We do not write about specific incidents, but people with bad club experiences might feel triggered. If you notice while reading that you are not feeling well, take a break and take the time you need. If you notice anything in this concept, please contact us, we are always open to feedback and criticism.
We would like to thank all the people who are committed to make awareness visible at public events and who are actively involved in these contexts.This draft has dealt with many public awareness concepts in the German-speaking regions.
Our concept is not a substitute for addressing the issue of structural violence and intersectional/interdependent discrimination. We want to encourage you to deal with structural discrimination and privilege, because we want a society with more sensitivity for the needs and perspectives of other people.
The awareness concept speaks of forms of discrimination and racism that we want to name clearly. Anti-black racism, anti-Jewish racism, anti-Muslim racism, anti-Roma and Sinti racism, anti-Asian racism, cissexism, ableist racism, ageism, adultism, lookism. Discrimination based on: sexual orientation, gender construction, race, nationality, socio-economic living conditions and religion.
Our concept of awareness is not closed. This approach is constantly changing, as the language we choose is always linked to social discourses. If a community or an individual is excluded or discriminated by the current state of language in this text, please feel free to bring it to our attention. We want to learn and continue to unlearn. We will also continue to question and develop our actions in the context of awareness.
For us, awareness means being attentive to situations where a person's boundaries and sense of safety are crossed. Our awareness work deals with the clear awareness of the created space in which different people meet respectfully and want/need to feel safe. We want to be aware and sensitive to individual boundaries and needs. It is about mutual support, about creating a place where people are aware of their different positions and privileges in the white hetero-dominated society and act anti-racist. Where no discriminatory or encroaching behaviour is tolerated, where border crossings are defined self-determinedly by those affected, where we as contact persons can offer a space for protection and rest.
The pillars of our work¹:
1. consensus or agreement
Individual boundaries are respected: No always means no! And more importantly: Only yes means yes!
2. power of definition
Where an assault begins is always determined by the person affected and they have the right to decide how to proceed after the incident.
The perception of the person affected is not questioned - solidarity comes first.
For whom and why Safer/Braver Spaces?
Awareness names sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic and other assaultive behaviour and actively counters it. Not everyone can always feel safe in public spaces. Marginalised communities, such as Bi_PoC, FLINTA+ and LGBTQIA+ people, experience discrimination in everyday life.
Awareness wants to draw attention to this discrimination and power relations that are structurally anchored in society. We try to protect and support people who have experienced transgressions such as physical or psychological sexualised violence. We cannot dissolve the structural relationships of violence. With the help of our concept and our work on the ground, we try to work as preventively as possible against assaults. However, assaults or discrimination can never be completely ruled out. In these cases, we stand in solidarity with those affected and intervene if desired. When something happens, we want to create a space where the persons concerned feel safer and are taken seriously. Events and feelings entrusted to us are treated confidentially. In addition, people who are overwhelmed by a situation or have experienced something bad can always approach the awareness team.
Awareness focuses on the behaviour of guests, staff, artists and the team. Violent behaviour can come from specific people (individual violence), but it can also come from spaces or structures (structural violence), making it difficult for people to participate or access resources. This concept is tailored to the individual premises of the venue. More information can be found on our website before the event.
Important: A safer space should not only be available on the event. We want to be accessible before and after the event. email@example.com
On the day of the event, we work together with bouncers in front of the door as a host and behind the door as a visible awareness team. All employees of the event are briefed beforehand and sensitised with our awareness concept.
The Code of Conduct
We have established a Code of Conduct to define how we will interact and communicate in a Safer/Braver Space. We are aware that this code was compiled by the event management and that visitors could not participate in the process. However, you can write to us before the event if you feel there are any crucial aspects missing.
We hope that you will take these guidelines seriously.
We want to create a space with you that is as non-discriminatory and non-judgmental as possible. Sensitive and respectful interaction is important to us so that everyone can feel comfortable at the event.
Forms of discrimination, cissexism or racism will not be tolerated.
Respect individual boundaries: Only yes means yes! No always means no! Act according to the consensus principle.
The use or threat of psychological or physical violence is not tolerated.
Do not infer the gender identity of the other person from their appearance, ask for the pronoun.
The awareness team is always available for you and wants to support you.
Photography and filming at the event is prohibited.
The power of definition always lies with the people concerned. We are always open to feedback and criticism and adapt our concept dynamically.
Lack of understanding for assaultive and or discriminatory behaviour or consumption that endangers others will inevitably lead to exclusion from the event. The perpetrator will not be allowed back in.
In case of exclusion, the persons are not allowed back into the premises, if personal belongings have to be fetched, this is done by acquaintances who are not excluded or the awareness / bouncer team.
The Awareness Team is made up of four people and a host person. Perspectives from the queer and trans community as well as the Bi_PoC community are represented. Our affected person perspective is a component of our awareness work. We wish to empower other affected people and create an event space where all people feel comfortable.
We, that is Seb (he/him) and Josh (he/him) are two white cis men who have been working alone and together in the event and festival industry since 2011 and 2018 respectively, primarily in Hamburg and mostly in collectives (e.g. Flugmodus or Fluid Festival).
We would like to host a monthly event with rundum, aiming for the following points:
musical focus within techno, electro and trance with a claim to diverse booking
adaptable format with focus (e.g. modular sound or live sets)
safer/braver spaces (for the community)
door policy with host
visible awareness work
The awareness concept was developed by our host Rigmor (dey/ricki). Design and corporate identity are the work of Tim Schütze (he/him).
¹Taken from the awareness guide "Safe the Dance"
You can recognize our awareness team through this symbol. Contact these persons directly.