So after seeing various recent news (one about Transnistria, one about West Virginia), I remember the discussion we had 5 months ago, and how it didn’t result in a magic policy appearing out of thin air .
I think it is time to change that, and so I would like to start working on a small policy proposal that would clarify what should be the minimal legal red flags to exclude a proposal for Flock at the bid time.
I am aiming for a rather focused proposal in order to avoid scope creep (as it happened in the past) resulting in nothing changing (as it happened in the past).
So in order to avoid scope creep, I think it should be only for Flock, not for others Fedora events. if people want to hold a release party in Orlando, Florida, that wouldn’t apply.
Again in order to make sure the proposal avoid scope creep, I would limit it to looking at laws, and just on the LGBTQ+ perspective. Looking at laws because that mean the proposal can be discussed with a quick check on wikipedia, rather than searching for various surveys and discussion based on anecdata. And focused on LGBTQ+ rights because that’s one where there is a strong legal component. We could surely start to add more questions (eg, accessibility of Flock, visas and travel, experience of racism, etc), but did I already mentioned avoiding scope creep for the initial proposal, who is likely already too large (see the size of this message) ?
For example, the proposal would allow us to say “In Transinistria, we can’t hold a DEI meeting, so we are not going to do Flock in Tiraspol”.
In order to not start from 0, I did some research and there is a few communities who looked at that, and that could serve as example (of what to do, or what to avoid). There is the Safety Policy of OSM, even if that one wasn’t followed since next State of the map is in Nairobi, Kenya (and I let people check the country record on WP to see why that would be a problem).
Another current controversy is the one around Djangocon Africa in Tanzania (see here, here, and here). People who want more details can surely find a Fedora community member that is now working at the PSF that would be happy to give more insights (cough @riecatnor cough ).
As a starter, I would propose the following list (the easy ones) :
no country with a interdiction on speaking of LGBT topics. Russia would be on that list, and likely Hungary as well, among others. I guess Florida could be there as well, even if it can be argued that it would not impact Flock. The reason to have that in the list is that it could mean no DEI meeting would be possible (or not one where Fedora pride could hold a meeting, because that could be “propaganda”).
no laws that prohibit homosexuality. While I know that situation on the ground is usually no as dire as it seems (and sometime, it is as dire as it seems), it kinda seems to be the minimum. Organising Flock in a country like Senegal would surely prevent some people from coming due to fear of being arrested (and/or come alone), and I think that “people not coming” is not very inclusive.
I am a bit less sure about other ideas I had, and how to formulate them.
For example, there is the question of same sex union recognition. If a woman travel with her wife to Flock in a country that do not recognize the union, would it cause problem ? One example someone gave me was around hospital visit. If your family is not recognized, you can’t visit the person if there was any issue in the country. But that’s lots of hypothetical, starting by policies in the countries wrt hospital visit.
The same goes for travelling with a family. If foster care for same sex couple is forbidden (like in Arkansa in 2008), that would impact people coming with their family .
Another one would be around the question of passport recognition with X marker. Technically, the passport would be accepted, but I do not know how that work in practice.
There is question around trans minors, and how this could impact someone travelling with their kids (for example, to Florida), question about bathrooms (again, Florida).
What would be the best way to brainstorm around that ?