Wikimedia LGBT+ is a Wikimedia user group, first announced at Wikimania in 2012. The Wikimedia LGBT+ User Group was approved by the Affiliations Committee in September 2014. The group promotes the development of content on Wikimedia projects which is of interest to LGBT+ communities. Wikimedia LGBT+ is a global, intersectional user group that welcomes people of all races, religions, ethnicities, nationalities, sexual orientations, gender identities, and abilities.
- Encourage LGBT+ cultural organizations to use Wikimedia projects and to adopt the values of free culture and open access.
- Promote Wikimedia projects as a tool for strengthening LGBT+ communities.
- Create and expand content of interest to LGBT+ communities on Wikimedia projects and to increase the overall quality of such content in all languages.
- Improve the editing experience for all contributors by ensuring that LGBT+ related harassment is dealt with by simple policies in a prompt manner regardless of sexuality.
- Ensure that non-discrimination policies related to gender and sexuality are effective across all Wikimedia projects, and participate in discussions of discrimination of all types.
- Provide support networks for the LGBT+ community and allies, including welcoming IRC and VRT support.
- Provide a sympathetic appeal mechanism when dispute resolution has failed and a contributor would prefer a self identified LGBT+ mediator or arbitrator to handle their case.
- Create a safer environment for LGBT+ readers of Wikimedia projects, with a special interest in improving the experiences of LGBT+ youth on Wikimedia projects.
- Build greater community among LGBT+ Wikimedians.
- Coordinate cross-wiki efforts among WikiProjects engaged in specific LGBT+ content development.
Wikimedia LGBT+ will fulfill its mission in the following ways:
- Provide training to organizations and individuals so that they can contribute content to Wikimedia projects.
- Create, collect, process, and present the sorts of metrics which describe usage statistics and quality of content of LGBT+ interest on Wikimedia projects.
While Wikimedia LGBT+ members will always be welcome to contribute content of LGBT+ interest themselves, the scope of the work which the project seeks to complete can only be engaged if many LGBT+ outreach programs all contribute their expertise to developing the content in their fields. The general practice ought to be that any educator of LGBT+ populations anywhere who is performing outreach in any field ought to share their information on Wikimedia projects if any of their target demographic uses the Internet as a source of information. When such an educator recognizes this, then that person ought to be able to contact Wikimedia LGBT+ and get appropriate training to enable them to share their information on Wikimedia platforms.
- Increased participation and visibility by LGBT+ communities at Wikimedia events, building towards even greater engagement at future Wikimanias.
- Increased (open) participation by members of the LGBT communities on all Wikimedia projects.
- Coordination of LGBT+ WikiProjects:
- GLAM LGBT+ history and culture presentations.
- Increased quality and depth of LGBT+ articles.
- Representation of LGBT+ monuments in Wiki Loves Monuments.
- Guidelines on Outreach for recommending and improving policies across Wikimedia projects:
- Chapter and WMF safe space policies to cover all events specifically ensuring any complaints of apparent LGBT+ related harassment are dealt with effectively and promptly.
- Guidance for new LGBT+ editors (and those that edit LGBT+ topics) on how to stay safe and how to find help when things go wrong.
- Simple guide to responding to LGBT+ related harassment or threats on all Wikimedia projects and IRC.
- Access to LGBT+ specific help on-wiki, IRC and email (for example, access to LGBT+ identified VRT members via lgbt wikimedia.org).
- Independent and expert assessment of the Wikimedia projects and the Wikimedia Foundation's effectiveness at handling homophobic harassment cases.
- Commissioned surveys and statistical reporting on LGBT+ participation and perception of editing experience in order to support planned improvements.
- Model for future minority population based thematic organizations.
Activities associated with Wikimedia LGBT+:
- Community building and outreach, with efforts focused at LGBT+ events, Wikimania, and other Wikimedia events.
- Promoting collaborations with other Wikimedia projects and with external organizations, such as WikiProject LGBT studies (English Wikipedia), the LGBT Free Media Collective (Wikimedia Commons), and Wiki Loves Pride.
- Friendly space policies development, including a request for Wikimedia Foundation board resolution on homophobia.
- Wikimedia LGBT+ User Group Recognition – September 2014
- Renewals from 2015 WMCon Eligibility Renewal Sprint – December 2015
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