Code Of Conduct
People’s Pride Southampton’s Code of Conduct
People’s Pride Southampton is a registered charity under reg number 1191841 supporting the LGBTQ+ community, their allies and families in Southampton and the surrounding areas.
Whilst participating in activities with People’s Pride Southampton, you agree to follow the People’s Pride Southampton code of conduct which is embedded into our core.
This Code of Conduct outlines what behaviour is unacceptable at the festival, both online and offline.
Anyone who violates this Code of Conduct will be warned or asked to leave at the discretion of the festival organisers.
Whom it applies to
This Code of Conduct applies to all People’s Pride Southampton attendees.
This includes speakers, facilitators, sponsors, volunteers, venue staff and festival organisers.
Why do we have one
People’s Pride Southampton aims to create an intentional space all attendees can enjoy without experiencing harassment or feeling unsafe. We expect cooperation from all those involved to help ensure a safer space for everybody.
What we ask of you
We will not accept the following behaviours at People’s Pride Southampton:
• Violence or threats of violence toward another person.
• Incitement of violence towards any individual, including encouraging a person to commit suicide or to engage in self-harm
• Offensive comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neurotype, physical appearance, body, age, race, ethnicity, nationality, language or religion. Unwelcome comments regarding a person’s lifestyle choices and practices, including those related to food, health, parenting, drugs, and employment
• Deliberate misgendering or use of ‘dead" or rejected names
• Conversations or presentations that involve racism, ableism, misogyny, misogynoir, transphobia, transmisogyny, transmisogynoir, homophobia, biphobia, classism, fatphobia, body shaming or colourism
• Deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, taking pictures or recording without permission
• Sustained disruption of talks or other events
• Inappropriate physical contact or sexual attention
• Inappropriate social contact, such as requesting or assuming inappropriate levels of intimacy with others
• Deliberate “outing” of any aspect of a person’s identity without their consent except as necessary to protect other members or other vulnerable people from intentional abuse
• Sharing non-harassing private communication without permission
• Please refrain from throwing any projectiles towards the stage, performers, crowd & staff. The exception to this rule is items such as inflatables. If unsure please ask a member of the People’s Pride Southampton security team.
• People’s Pride Southampton will take no responsibility for any damage, or injuries obtained by crowd activities e.g. mosh pits, crowd surfing, and breakdancing.
• All toilets on site are gender-neutral and anyone is able to use whatever toilets that they feel are appropriate for them.
• People’s Pride Southampton has a zero tolerance on the use of, or the dealing in, of illegal drugs on-site.
• Any items which the organisers consider may be used in an illegal or offensive manner will be confiscated
• We ask you to refrain from throwing/discarding rubbish of any kind in the parks, please respect that the parks are listed and we ask you to get rid of your waste using the bins and recycling facilities provided.
People’s Pride Southampton prioritises marginalised people’s safety over privileged people’s comfort. Festival staff reserves the right not to act on complaints regarding:
• ‘Reverse’ -isms, including ‘reverse racism,’ ‘reverse sexism,’ and ‘cisphobia’
• Reasonable communication of boundaries, such as “leave me alone,” “go away,” or “I’m not discussing this with you.”
• Communicating in a ‘tone’ you don’t find congenial
• Criticising racist, sexist, cissexist, or otherwise oppressive behaviour or assumptions
When the Code of Conduct is not followed
Participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour should comply immediately.
If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of festival staff immediately. You can identify festival staff by their People’s Pride Southampton branded clothing and/or badges.
If a participant engages in harassing behaviour, the festival organisers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or removal from the festival with no further warning.
If you are removed from the festival, you cannot enter again.
Code of Conduct violations by festival staff
If a festival volunteer or organiser engages in harassing behaviour, please do not hesitate to contact another member of the festival team.
They will take the appropriate action including warning the offender, expulsion from the festival or immediate withdrawal from their festival duties.
Contacting us before the festival
If you need to contact the People’s Pride Southampton organisers before the festival, email email@example.com
During the festival
To report an incident, alert any member of the People’s Pride Southampton team.
All team members will be wearing People’s Pride Southampton branded high-vis vests/badges.
When taking a personal report, our staff will ensure you are safe and cannot be overheard. They may involve other festival staff to ensure your report is managed properly.
Once safe, we’ll ask you to tell us about what happened; you can bring someone to support you.
We won’t ask you to confront anyone and we won’t tell anyone who you are.
This Code of Conduct is a living document.
If you think anything is missing, or could be made clearer, please contact us here.