Talk:Wikimedia LGBT+/Archive 11

The Affiliations Committee (AffCom) – the committee responsible for guiding volunteers in establishing Wikimedia chapters, thematic organizations, and user groups – is looking for new members!

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The main role of the Affiliations Committee is to guide groups of volunteers that are interested in forming Wikimedia affiliates. We review applications from new groups, answer questions and provide advice about the different Wikimedia affiliation models and processes, review affiliate bylaws for compliance with requirements and best practices, and update the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees as well as advise them on issues connected to chapters, thematic organizations and Wikimedia user groups.

The committee consists of fourteen members, selected every twelve months for staggered two-year terms. Those joining the committee during the current process will serve a two-year term ending in December 2021.

AffCom continues to closely monitor the Wikimedia 2030 Strategy process that was initiated in 2016. While the affiliation models continue to be discussed as part of the broader strategy discussion, as no decisions have been made to change the current affiliation models yet, AffCom will continue to work in the same manner with regard to affiliate recognitions and intervention support for affiliates with issues of non-compliance in 2020. Specifically, AffCom will continue to process applications for user group and chapter/thematic organization creation, while we await the strategy next steps and begin to prepare for a smooth transition of the committee and affiliates ecosystem to any changing movement structures and systems in 2021.

Being a part of the Affiliations Committee requires communication with volunteers all over the world, negotiating skills, cultural sensitivity, and the ability to understand legal texts. We look for a healthy mix of different skill sets in our members.

Required and Recommended Skills for Affiliations Committee Members

Across all committee members there are additional relevant skills as well as requirements which help to support the committee and its sustainability which include both required and relevant general skills

Required Skills

  • Fluency in English
  • Availability of up to 5 hours per week, and the time to participate in a monthly one and two-hour voice/video meetings.
  • Willingness to use one's real name in committee activities (including contacts with current and potential affiliates) when appropriate.
  • Strong track record of effective collaboration
  • International orientation

Relevant Skills

  • Skills in other languages are a major plus.
  • Public Communications (English writing and speaking skills)
  • Strong understanding of the structure and work of affiliates and the Wikimedia Foundation.
  • Documentation practices
  • Interviewing experience
  • Knowledge of different legal systems and experience in community building and organizing are a plus
  • Experience with, or in, an active affiliate is a major plus.
  • Teamwork
    • Focusing on shared goals instead of disagreements
    • Focusing on the conflict at hand and not past ones
    • Ensuring each member of the team has a clearly defined role, which can help reduce disagreements over areas of responsibility
    • Project and people management to coordinate different parties on a shared plan and seeing it through to completion.
  • Problem-Solving
    • Ability to evaluate various solutions
    • Ability to consider multiple interests and points of view
    • Willingness to revisit unresolved issues
    • The capacity to recognize and respond to important matters
    • The ability to seek compromise and avoid punishing
  • Ability to work and communicate with other languages and cultures.

Given the expectations for maintaining course in 2020 and preparing for potential 2021 transitions, it is important that we are also clear about two different skill sets critical to committee support at this time. The first skillset is oriented to understanding affiliate dynamics and organizational development patterns to successfully process affiliate applications for recognition; the other is oriented to conflict prevention and intervention support for affiliates in conflict.

Affiliate Recognitions Relevant Skills

  • Administration
    • Willingness to process applications through a set, perhaps bureaucratic process.
    • Attention to detail
  • Monitoring & Strategic Development
    • Readiness to participate in political discussions on the role and future of affiliates, models of affiliation, and similar topics.
  • Organizational Awareness
    • Understanding of and community building and organizational development
    • Understanding of group dynamics
    • Awareness of the affiliates ecosystem and models

Conflict Prevention & Intervention Relevant Skills

  • Communication
    • Active listening
    • Reading nonverbal cues
    • Knowing when to interrupt and when to stay quiet
    • Being culturally sensitive at the same time remaining clear and concise when explaining a concept or opinion
  • Stress Management
    • Patience
    • Positivity
    • Ability to inject a dose of humor to dilute anger and frustration when needed
    • Taking well-timed breaks that can bring calm in the midst of flared tempers
    • Ability to manage stress while remaining alert and calm
  • Emotional Intelligence
    • Being emotionally aware,
    • Ability to control emotions and behaviors,
    • Ability to practice empathy,
    • Impartiality,
    • Don’t take anything personally,
    • Being aware of and respectful of differences.
  • Facilitation skills
    • Meeting facilitation experience
    • Peer or community mediation training
    • Peer or community mediation experience

Do you have any of these skill sets and an interest to support movement affiliates?

We are looking for people who are excited by the challenge of empowering volunteers to get organized and form communities that further our mission around the world. In exchange, committee members selected will gain the experience of supporting their world-wide colleagues to develop their communities as well as personal development in guiding organizational development, facilitating affiliate partnerships, and professional communications.

Selection process

As a reflection of our commitment to openness, transparency, and bilateral engagement with the Wikimedia community, the 2019 member selection process will include a public review and comment period. We invite you to share with us you applications, specifying your focus area you’re interested in. All applications received by the committee will be posted on Meta, and the community will be invited to provide comments and feedback about each candidate.

At the end of the public comment period, the applications will be voted on by the members of the committee who are not seeking re-election, taking into account comments put forward by the committee's members, advisors, Wikimedia Foundation staff and board liaisons, and the community. A final decision will be made by mid-January 2020, with new members expected to join later that month.

How to apply

If you are interested in joining the committee, please post your application on the nomination page and send an email announcing your application to AffCom by 10 January 2020. Your application must include the following information:

  • Your full name and Wikimedia username
  • A statement describing your relevant experience, skills, and motivation for joining the committee.
  • Answers to the following questions:
  1. How do you think affiliates work best together to partner on effective projects and initiatives?
  2. What do you see as the role of affiliates in the Wikimedia movement in the next three years?
  3. What do you feel you will bring to the committee that makes you uniquely qualified?
  4. Which subcommittee are you most interested in serving on: Recognitions OR Conflict Prevention & Intervention?

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me and/or the committee as a whole. We are happy to chat or have a phone call with anyone about our work if this helps them decide to apply. Please distribute this call among your networks, and do apply if you are interested!

On behalf of the committee,

Camelia Boban, AffCom member

The 2030 movement strategy recommendations are here!

Greetings! We are pleased to inform that the 2030 movement strategy recommendations have been published on Meta-wiki. Over the last two years, our movement has worked tirelessly to produce these ideas to change our shared future. Many of you participated in the online conversations, hosted strategy salons, attended regional events, and connected with us in-person at Wikimania. These contributions were invaluable, and will help make our movement stronger for years to come. 

The finished set of 10 recommendations emphasizes many of our core values, such as equity, innovation, safety, and coordination, while tasking us jointly to turn this vision into a reality. These recommendations clarify and refine the previous version, which was published in January this year. They are at a high strategic level so that the ideas are flexible enough to be adapted to different global and local settings and will allow us to navigate future challenges. Along with the recommendations, we have outlined 10 underlying principles, a narrative of change, and a glossary of key terms for better context.

The recommendations are available in numerous languages, including Arabic, German, Hindi, English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish for you to read and share widely. We encourage you to read the recommendations in your own time and at your own pace, either online or in a PDF. There are a couple of other formats for you to take a deeper dive if you wish, such as a one-page summary, slides, and office hours, all collected on Meta. If you would like to comment, you are welcome to do so on the Meta talk pages. However, please note that these are the final version of the recommendations. No further edits will be made. This final version of the recommendations embodies an aspiration for how the Wikimedia movement should continue to change in order to advance that direction and meet the Wikimedia vision in a changing world. 

In terms of next steps, our focus now shifts toward implementation. In light of the cancellation of the Wikimedia Summit, the Wikimedia Foundation is determining the best steps for moving forward through a series of virtual events over the coming months. We will also be hosting live office hours in the next coming few days, where you can join us to celebrate the Strategy and ask questions! Please stay tuned, and thank you once again for helping to drive our movement forward, together. RSharma (WMF)

Feedback on movement names

There are a lot of conversations happening about the future of our movement names. We hope that you are part of these discussions and that your community is represented.

Since 16 June, the Foundation Brand Team has been running a survey in 7 languages about 3 naming options. There are also community members sharing concerns about renaming in a Community Open Letter.

You should have received a separate affiliate survey via email. If you have not, feel free to email brandproject

Our goal in this call for feedback is to hear from across the community, so we encourage you to participate in the survey, the open letter, or both. The survey will go through 7 July in all timezones. Input from the survey and discussions will be analyzed and published on Meta-Wiki.

Thanks for thinking about the future of the movement --The Brand Project team, 13:37, 2 July 2020 (UTC)

Note: The survey is conducted via a third-party service, which may subject it to additional terms. For more information on privacy and data-handling, see the survey privacy statement.

Invitation to participate in LGBTQ Lowcountry Wikipedia edit-a-thon

Hi all! College of Charleston (South Carolina, USA) Special Collections is hosting a virtual Wikipedia edit-a-thon for LGBTQ history in the Lowcountry area of South Carolina. The event will take place from July 13-July 17, 2020. More information about the articles we hope to improve is available on our Wiki Event Dashboard, where you can sign up. Please share to other groups that might be interested. Thanks so much! Lgbtqlowcountry (talk) 20:13, 1 July 2020 (UTC)

Announcing a new wiki project! Welcome, Abstract Wikipedia

Hello everyone. I am posting the announcement below, which you may have missed elsewhere, and in the hope that you can share it with your local communities. Please note that it may be available in your language at m:Special:MyLanguage/Abstract Wikipedia/July 2020 announcement. Thanks for your attention! m:User:Elitre (WMF)

Organizing meetup Pages

Hello. Should the meetup pages be moved to the respective locations? Reason: To get everything to be subpages of Wikimedia LGBT+ instead of them being a "standalone" page. Wikimedia LGBT User Group should be created and redirected to Wikimedia LGBT+/Portal

This is not really necessary but it'll be better to do so. --Minorax (talk) 01:49, 8 July 2020 (UTC)
While we are talking about housekeeping, could we also swap to ISO date format of YYYY-MM-DD in the page names? This would mean the files sort themselves nicely by page name, even if the meeting titles written on the meeting agendas remain in whatever long format is preferred. -- (talk) 10:21, 8 July 2020 (UTC)
Yes, agree, move all meetings to be sorted by date.
Minorax, why create any heading for "Wikimedia LGBT User Group"? The organization already has a name, "Wikimedia LGBT+". Also, I wish we could get rid of "Wikimedia LGBT+/Portal" by moving everything there to "Wikimedia LGBT+". The "/Portal" part was an error in organizing, I think.
I would like to set up some kind of tabs for this group, perhaps something like at Wikimedians in Residence Exchange Network. At Wikimedians_in_Residence_Exchange_Network/reports#Annual_reports I set up a list of all the meetings and put them into what will be each year's annual report. I am not sure which Wikimedia organization has the best way of logging meetings, but this could be a model unless someone has seen or can propose a better way. Blue Rasberry (talk) 19:47, 8 July 2020 (UTC)
@Bluerasberry: The reason for creating the redirect (Wikimedia LGBT User Group) is to actually sort the meetup pages and link it back to the main page. It depends on how you guys want to sort the pages, and the redirect is redundant if the decision is to follow the name of the main page. Pinging @: as well. --Minorax (talk) 07:00, 9 July 2020 (UTC)
It's a good point. The name "LGBT+" was a hard won compromise when we established the group, and "Wikimedia LGBT+" or "WM-LGBT+" are unique to our user group, so they are sufficient names to identify meetings and documents.
For those unaware in countries like France, using 'LGBT' is often thought a less inclusive term, but no one abbreviation satisfies all groups. Hence words like "queer" can have more reach even while being less specific. Our compromise is the "+", so it turns out to be important not to miss out. Considering it's been several years without too much debate, it's been working fairly well for us. -- (talk) 07:25, 9 July 2020 (UTC)
IMO, the format for the dates should be kept as it is as there are pages without a specified date in the title (Wikimedia LGBT User Group September 2019). --Minorax (talk) 09:29, 9 July 2020 (UTC)
The benefit of ISO format is those would sort fine, e.g. 2019-09 though actually that example is really 2019-09-09. -- (talk) 09:51, 9 July 2020 (UTC)
Ok. I'll list down the pages and their respective target page for vetting latest by the end of the week. --Minorax (talk) 13:38, 9 July 2020 (UTC)


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These are the pages and their respective target. Kindly check. --Minorax (talk) 02:48, 10 July 2020 (UTC)

Thanks for following up. The reorganization was briefly mentioned at the UG zoom yesterday, and nobody has objections. There's general recognition that an easy to navigate set of meeting records helps to establish that the UG is active and might help in future funding proposals or a change in affiliate status. If there was an easy way to have an autogenerated navigation template on each meeting notes page, this would be a cool addition too.
The "+" in the name was also discussed, but it was suggested that we might use a redirect page for the parent category, so that links and external links can be used without the "+" that would end up in the same place. Exactly as LGBT has done for the past 8 years and avoids having to use URLs in emails or publications with "LGBT%2B" in them. -- (talk) 08:15, 10 July 2020 (UTC)
So basically Wikimedia LGBT User Group July 23 2020 -> Wikimedia LGBT/2020-07-23 and Wikimedia LGBT+/Portal -> Wikimedia LGBT+ with Wikimedia LGBT be redirected to the latter? --Minorax (talk) 11:48, 11 July 2020 (UTC)
Moving the meeting notes pages is fine. Moving the portal should have a bit more of a consensus, as there might be other things, like the templates, we could do with more voices on. -- (talk) 16:09, 11 July 2020 (UTC)


@: Done. Redirects have been left to avoid breaking any incoming links. Let me know if there are more pages to move/delete. --Minorax (talk) 08:24, 12 July 2020 (UTC)
Thanks for this organizing effort Minorax and your guidance in this . Can you clarify how we should continue to create new meetup pages now? Also, what other options should we continue to consider to make our site easier to use and find? --- FULBERT (talk) 14:21, 12 July 2020 (UTC)
For the first part, it'll be Wikimedia LGBT/YYYY-MM-DD. The second is actually up to the members of the user group. --Minorax (talk) 14:39, 12 July 2020 (UTC)
In effect m:LGBT is the movement wide UG "landing page" (i.e. that same shortcut works on Commons, the Spanish Wikipedia and everywhere else). Rethinking how we could use it as a more dynamic portal or main page for all our Wikimedia LGBT+ related projects, and maybe newbies who care about LGBT+ topics but not necessarily the UG itself, could be a useful discussion at the next Zoom, perhaps coming to some decisions about redirects and whether less obvious pages, like "resources" or "things you can do to help" could do with being independently useful things to land on with their own shortcuts. -- (talk) 17:45, 12 July 2020 (UTC)
, that sounds like a helpful discussion to have. Can you add it to the agenda for the next meeting? I am afraid if I try to write it then it would become more scattered and you made it rather clear. --- FULBERT (talk) 22:31, 12 July 2020 (UTC)
  • This is great! There were many discussions about naming the organization "Wikimedia LGBT+", and I think we should keep that name, but for the practical reason of making links render properly, I think that keeping everything at "Wikimedia LGBT" is reasonable. This new link structure will make the meeting notes easier to find through conventional search and also help organize our list of meetings. Blue Rasberry (talk) 22:35, 12 July 2020 (UTC)

July LGBT+ User Group Meetings: Thursday July 9 at 1:00pm EDT & Thursday July 23 at 1:00pm EDT

As we mentioned at the last user group meeting two weeks ago, we will continue with our meetings twice a month on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month for our online User Group meetings at 1:00pm EDT.

More specs about the meeting on Thursday, July 9 is here and for Thursday, July 23 is here.

Both will use Zoom, with the links and agendas on those individual pages. All are welcome. --- FULBERT (talk) 01:33, 8 July 2020 (UTC)

Looking forward to our second User Group meeting of the month today. All are welcome. --- FULBERT (talk) 15:54, 23 July 2020 (UTC)

Wikimedia Foundation: male, female, or rather not say?

gender survey question from a July 2020 Wikimedia Foundation questionnaire for the Code of Conduct project

This comes from a survey titled "UCoC: Affiliates Outreach Survey" which says "This form was created inside of Wikimedia Foundation". The survey asks for the respondent's gender, giving options of female, male, or rather not say. There is no option for other answers.

I set up en:Gender survey question as part of a response. Anyone can comment here. I would like to talk about this at a future LGBT+ online meeting. Blue Rasberry (talk) 22:37, 24 July 2020 (UTC)

For our community, it makes more sense to ask about self identifying pronouns rather than "male or female". One can use gender neutral pronouns, that does not mean you are "gender neutral" in a medical sense. It is also weird to me that form-designers always revert to vaguely biological terminology of "male or female" which could apply to cats or monkeys, while humans have identifying genders like "woman", "genderqueer", "non-binary". This way of talking about volunteers, makes me wonder why WMF employees what to know what genitals we have in our pants. It feels as bad as if they had a colour chart to identify what "race" you are. -- (talk) 07:49, 25 July 2020 (UTC)
I normally say that the best practice for forms, if gender data needs to be collected at all, is to make gender a fill-in-the-blank question. But if that isn't possible, having Female, Male, Other, and Prefer Not To Say is the next best choice, though Female and Male are really sexes, not genders. Funcrunch (talk) 14:57, 25 July 2020 (UTC)
I think this raises issues concerning gender and sex and how they are related. I am not sure if there is universal consensus on this scientifically or socially, and as result it also affects how policies are made and followed. Is there an article in this area that can be pointed to for evidence or guidance in informing policy? --- FULBERT (talk) 12:05, 26 July 2020 (UTC)
This article is very on point: New Categories Are Not Enough: Rethinking the Measurement of Sex and Gender in Social Surveys
Available without login at -- (talk) 14:13, 26 July 2020 (UTC)
Thanks for sharing this article . I think the conclusion is useful, "To do so, surveys must also consistently distinguish between the concepts of sex and gender, incorporate self-identified sex and gender, provide clear cri-teria or instructions for how to determine sex and gender, acknowledge change in sex and gender over the life course, and rethink the necessity of employing binary sex and gender categories throughout the survey materials" (pg. 555). The challenge is this seems a big ask for some gender scholars to ask for society in general, given "Many contemporary gender scholars see sex and gender as distinct, though the concepts are often conflated in both academic and nonacademic contexts" (pg. 537). That research paper continues with an interesting discussion on sex and gender and how they are similar and / or different depending on numerous factors. It seems that these issues may exist more in academic discourse than in practice, with practice lagging behind (as commonly the case). It does raise the issue of this needing a wider discussion, for while a simple change on its face (e.g., survey itself), it would ultimately be a deeper mindset change to disambiguate sex and gender for the sake of surveys or other forms of communication. Do you think there would be wide appetite for this discussion? --- FULBERT (talk) 15:10, 26 July 2020 (UTC)
While I understand (and share) the impulse to identify the "best" way to ask this question, I believe there are only iterations that cause more or less harm. So when including such a question one must first ask if it is necessary data to collect and, if so, how to mitigate the harm it will cause. I find this question deeply hostile to the queer community, and an unsettling first step in this process. Very much looking forward to further insight from @RachelWex:. Megs (talk) 12:59, 27 July 2020 (UTC)
  • "Do you think there would be wide appetite"; no, especially not if this was the English Wikipedia, where there is a long problematic history of being hostile and even abusive to trans or non-binary related policy discussion, and treating that hostility as protected "free speech".
(Mild tangent alert) What may be more effective is for the WMLGBT+ User Group to create our own exemplar policies, which themselves could be lifted from external organizations like GLAAD glad guidelines. Perhaps even an 'exemplar diversity policies' page as a resource? This could cover the appropriateness of diversity questions in surveys, contributory factors for assessing notability for queer-related articles on people, places, history, and a few special queer-related issues on handling harassment or supporting LGBT+ people who are being targeted. -- (talk) 09:31, 28 July 2020 (UTC)
  • The wording can be improved, but in general I see little utility in having more than 3 options. The main function of such demographics questions is to be able to compare the sample to some baseline; if you can't stick to the same method as the baseline data you have (whatever it is), you might as well just ditch the question. (The same for age and whatever.) Nemo 15:44, 27 July 2020 (UTC)
The question has been removed from the survey. Megs (talk) 17:23, 27 July 2020 (UTC)
  • I just completed a survey from the Trust and Safety Team to advance the UCOC Committee's questions about gender, nationality, sexual orientation, or any other identifying information are collected other than one's affiliate group / user group that they are aligned with... RachelWex (talk) 00:14, 4 August 2020 (UTC)
Not sure if you mean it as praise, criticism or maybe just a fact. I was quite happy with the survey.--Jetam2 (talk) 14:35, 4 August 2020 (UTC)

New Research: Characterizing Existing Practices for Identifying and Mitigating Knowledge Gaps

Hi All,

My name is Jim Maddock, and I’m with a researcher at Northwestern University working on identifying missing content on Wikipedia. As a first step, we want to talk to members of Wikipedia’s editor community to better understand how editors currently identify and add missing content. Participants must be Wikipedia editors who speak English and will be compensated for their time.

For more details about our project, please refer to our project meta page. If you are interested in participating, please fill out this screener and consent form. Additionally, feel free to reach out to me at if you have any thoughts and suggestions. Thanks!

Study Information

Study Title: Characterizing Existing Practices for Identifying and Mitigating Knowledge Gaps

PI: Darren Gergle

IRB Study #: STU00212033

Cheers, Jmads-nu (talk) 16:36, 4 August 2020 (UTC)

August LGBT+ User Group Meetings: Thursday August 13 at 1:00pm EDT & Thursday August 27 at 1:00pm EDT

We are continuing to meet twice a month on the second and fourth Thursdays ofor our online LGBT+ User Group meetings at 1:00pm EDT.

More specs about the meeting on Thursday, August 13 is here.

More specs about the meeting on Thursday, August 27 will be here.

All are welcome. --- FULBERT (talk) 02:55, 12 August 2020 (UTC)

As many cannot make the second scheduled meeting for August (on August 27), we will not hold it. The best for the end of the summer to everybody. --- FULBERT (talk) 14:20, 27 August 2020 (UTC)

Universal Code of Conduct (UCOC) Update

Hello Everyone,

The draft of the Universal Code of Conduct (UCOC) will be shared for community feedback on Monday September 7th. It will be translated into multiple languages to ensure that feedback from as many groups as possible.

The work of the UCOC had been split into two phases. Phase I focused on structure of the document and definition/examples of acceptable/unacceptable behaviors. Phase II will focus on application of the UCOC and enforcement. For this reason, the draft that you will see first will not include a detailed Application and Enforcement section at this time (but I believe that some of our discussion notes / assumptions on that topic will be shared during the feedback session).

If you have experience as an AffComm, a functionary, or an admin of some sort and are interested in joining the UCOC Committee to work on Phase II, your voice would be welcome.

If you have any other questions about the UCOC process or document, please let me know.

RachelWex (talk) 15:00, 3 September 2020 (UTC)

Thanks for the update RachelWex. Sounds like it is progressing well. --- FULBERT (talk) 11:17, 5 September 2020 (UTC)

UCOC Draft for Review

Hello Everyone,

In case you did not see it, the English version of the Universal Code of Conduct is now available for review and comment:

This document has been translated into 27 languages and those should be made available via the appropriate language wikis. An "official" invitation to review and comment will be made on wikimedia-l, but I thought I would share here in case people are not on that listserv.

RachelWex (talk) 22:00, 7 September 2020 (UTC)

September LGBT+ User Group Meeting - Thursday September 10 at 1:00 pm EDT

Time to plan the next LGBT+ User Group Meeting, which will be Thursday September 10, 2020 at 1:00 pm EDT. At this meeting we can discuss the feasbility of continuing two monthly gatherings for the User Group or returning to having a single one. --- FULBERT (talk) 14:23, 27 August 2020 (UTC)

The link to the September live meeting on September 10 is here. All are welcome! --- FULBERT (talk) 23:44, 9 September 2020 (UTC)

Sunday September 20 Strategic Wikimedia Affiliates Network meeting

Birds of a feather flock together.

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 SWAN meeting 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 September 20, and you are all invited to RSVP here.--Pharos (talk) 01:53, 18 September 2020 (UTC)

SWAN Updates

Hi Folx,

I attended the Strategic Wikimedia Affiliates Network (SWAN) meeting on Sunday September 20, and wanted to share some updates that may be of interest to the Wikimedia LGBT+ group:

-- 2021 planning: WMF wants to know what affiliate group plans are for 2021 events, as they are trying to shore up funding for things and finalizing Rapid Grants. Affiliates have @ 5 weeks to come up with a 2021 plan if they are interested. I am going to put this on the agenda for this Thursday's Wikimedia LGBT+ the meantime here are two documents to review to help decide whether or not we want to do anything:

-- WMF Guidelines for In Person Events in the Near Future. WMF will allow some in person events in the near future, under the following guidelines:

-- Wiki 20 Celebration Events Survey: I think this is a survey for affiliate representatives to complete re: whether or not our affiliate group is doing anything for Wiki 20 Countdown. I just found out about it today, so maybe this will have to go on our Thu Sept 23 meeting agenda as well!

SWAN meeting notes are available here:

Sincerely, RachelWex (talk) 01:14, 21 September 2020 (UTC)

Thanks for the update RachelWex, yes, let's discuss more on our next meeting. Rajeeb (talk) 06:54, 21 September 2020 (UTC)

Meeting Thu 24 September

Hello Everyone,

Due to some time sensitive issues that Wikimedia LGBT+ must decide how to address, we are having another September meeting.

Date: Thursday September 24, 2020 Time: 7 pm UTC / 9 pm CET / 2 pm EST (US) / 1 pm CST (US)
Meeting Link:


-- Introductions

-- 2021 planning: WMF wants to know what affiliate group plans are for 2021 events, as they are trying to shore up funding for things and finalizing Rapid Grants. Affiliates have @ 5 weeks to come up with a 2021 plan if they are interested.
Two documents to review to help decide:

-- Wiki 20 Celebration Events Survey:

-- UCOC updates if any are desired

-- any additions?

RachelWex (talk) 21:08, 23 September 2020 (UTC)

Printable ONE-PAGER promo for LGBT+ UG outreach?

Hi All - after a year in the group I find it important for us to go outside of Wikimedia ecosystem and do some outreach for new people to join or at least to inform of our work for potential support. I wonder if there was ever a printable ONE-PAGER promo for LGBT+ UG outreach? If yes could we link it somewhere prominent? If not is anyone up for doing this with me? --Zblace (talk) 07:04, 22 September 2020 (UTC)

A summary of what the UG actually does would be useful, avoiding things that some might wish for but we may not achieve. I suggest looking at the past UG reports which list past things delivered.
This might also be as simple as reviewing and updating the current portal/landing page and having a printable (maintained) version of that which could be used to support editathons and conferences. -- (talk) 07:36, 22 September 2020 (UTC)
Indeed portal update and maybe re-structuring/design would be useful, but I was thinking of new potential contributors and supporters, that would not get that close even to attend Wikimedia related events.--Zblace (talk) 07:12, 25 September 2020 (UTC)

Our User Group Priorities for Implementation - 2021

As many of you know, the Movement Strategy process has identified 10 Recommendations that have been approved for the Movement Strategy. The next step in this process has started, with a request for Affiliates (such as us) to meet together and discuss our priorities. The request is for us to consider our needs in relation to the 45 specific clusters of initiatives that are most important for us. So, we should look these over and then begin speaking about them. I will try to summarize them and draft a potential "top 3" for us to select. We can also talk about this at our next meeting on October 8. --- FULBERT (talk) 18:46, 24 September 2020 (UTC)

Ideas for Funding: 2021 Rapid Grant Funding:

WMF wants a proposal from each affiliate group to determine how much money they will need to secure for 2021 Rapid Grants.

What programs, research, training materials, surveys, paid staff, or any other thing do we want Rapid Grant funding for in 2021?

Please list them here, and we will discuss these items at our October 8th meeting! RachelWex (talk) 20:32, 24 September 2020 (UTC)

Movement Strategy - What Are Your Choices For Implementation

Hello Wikimedia LGBT+/Archive 11,

The time has come to put Strategy into work and everyone's invited to participate.

The Movement Strategy Design Group and Support Team are inviting you to organize virtual meetings with your community and colleagues before the end of October. The aim is for you to decide what ideas from the Movement Strategy recommendations respond to your needs and will have an impact in the movement. The recommendations are available in different formats and in many languages. There are 10 awesome recommendations and close to 50 recommended changes and actions or initiatives. Not everything will be implemented. The aim of prioritization is to create an 18-month implementation plan to take some of the initiatives forward starting in 2021.

Prioritization is at the level of your group, affiliate, and community. Think local and relevant! Regional and thematic platforms are great ways to prepare and share ideas. Afterwards, we will come together in November to co-create the implementation plan. More information about November’s global events will be shared soon. For now and until the end of October, organize locally and share your priorities with us.

You can find guidance for the events, the simple reporting template, and other supporting materials here on Meta. You can share your results directly on Meta, by email, or by filling out this survey. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions or comments, strategy2030

We will be hosting office hours to answer any questions you might have, Thursday October 1 at 14.00 UTC (Google Meet).

MPourzaki (WMF) (talk) 16:18, 25 September 2020 (UTC)

Free speech issue on English Wikipedia

A question came up about whether to permit individuals in English Wikipedia to bring statements about LGBT marriage into public spaces. Someone wanted to post the phrase "marriage is one man and one woman", which the LGBT+ community recognizes as hatemongering. I will not go into detail and I am not recommending any action or response, but I wanted to log some activity here as a historical record of LGBT related wiki policy. The discussion centered on a deletion proposal for user boxes.

Blue Rasberry (talk) 16:46, 16 October 2020 (UTC)

Regional Call for South Asia - Oct. 30

Hi everyone. The time has come to put Movement Strategy into work and we need your help. We are inviting South Asian communities, Indian Wikimedians, and anyone else interested to join a region-focused conversation on Movement Strategy and implementation. Please join us on Friday Oct. 30 at 19.30 / 7:30 pm IST (Google Meet).

The purpose of the meeting is to get prepared 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. More information about the global events will be shared soon.

  • What is work you’re already doing that is aligned with Movement Strategy?
  • What are priorities for you in 2021?
  • What are things we should all work on globally?

We would not be able to grow and diversify as a movement if communities from South Asia are not meaningfully involved in implementing the recommendations. Join the conversation with your questions and ideas, or just come to say hi. See you on Friday October 30.

A translatable version of this message can be found on Meta.

MPourzaki (WMF) (talk) 17:24, 19 October 2020 (UTC)

Sunday October 25 Strategic Wikimedia Affiliates Network meeting

Friendship is a movement value.

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 September and August 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 October 25, and you are all invited to RSVP here.--Pharos (talk) 17:28, 20 October 2020 (UTC)

October LGBT+ User Group Meeting - Thursday October 29 at 1:00 pm EDT

We somehow missed having a meeting earlier in the month, and after mentioning this on our Telegram channel it seems this may be the next opportunity for us to gather for our next monthly meeting. Please note the times, as globally time changes have not yet happened so please make sure to check your times for this meeting. The Zoom link is

I will schedule the agenda and a meeting page, though really hope we can discuss the Movement Strategy needs and determine our User Group's priorities. If we do not, we may lose out on any support we are otherwise eligible for. --- FULBERT (talk) 11:39, 29 October 2020 (UTC)

Here is a link to a page for today's meeting. --- FULBERT (talk) 16:12, 29 October 2020 (UTC)
Here are some slides to help us with this. --- FULBERT (talk) 16:16, 29 October 2020 (UTC)

Notification of Affiliate Expiration - Renewal pending submission of reporting


This is a notification to bring to your attention that your organization is currently past due on its required annual reporting. Wikimedia User Groups are required to submit an annual activity report covering the entirety of the 12-month agreement period in order to prompt review for a renewal.  Reports must be written in English, posted to meta via the  Wikimedia Affiliates Data Portal. This page is used to track how organizations and groups are meeting reporting requirements described in their agreements with the Wikimedia Foundation (e.g. chapter agreements, thematic organization agreements, user group agreements).  It is the central place where affiliates can add reports about their activities, share their plans, and even news or social media channels with the wider movement. When new reports are available, organizations and groups should add them to this page to keep their columns up to date.  As noted on the meta Reports page,  your organization’s 2019-20 annual reporting became past due in September.  Please be sure to :

  1. Post your 2019-20 annual reporting to the meta via the  Wikimedia Affiliates Data Portal as soon as possible to return to compliance with your user group agreement. # Check that your group’s page is also up to date with past report links for historical record-keeping, and# Please send an email to Wikimedia-l in order to share with a movement-wide audience.

If you have any questions or need any further guidance, please don’t hesitate to reach out.


MKaur (WMF) (talk) 18:17, 6 November 2020 (UTC)

Wikimedia LGBT+ Movement Strategy Priorities

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
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
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
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 — 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)

Wiki Women/Womxn Meet Up for Movement Strategy Implementation


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)

Wikimedia LGBT+ Annual Report

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.


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 counts into this (just to make sure it is not double reported). Zblace (talk) 07:50, 13 November 2020 (UTC)

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

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

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+/Archive 11, 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

Looking forward to seeing you on November 21 or 22.

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

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