Stonewall Japan is a non-judgmental network and community of support for people in Japan desiring an outlet for sexuality and gender expression in Japan. Stonewall Japan is open to anyone regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, nationality or affiliation with the JET Program. People in our Stonewall Japan closed Facebook group come from a wide variety of backgrounds and places. Some are immensely different to our own and we must recognise that we all have different experiences. Although all of us identify in the LGBTQIA+ spectrum of identity, many of our members also experience oppression on levels different than our own.
Stonewall Japan defines “safe space” as a place where anyone can be relaxed and fully self-expressed, without fear of being made to feel uncomfortable, unwelcome, or unsafe on account of biological sex, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, cultural background, age, physical or mental ability. This includes any form of discriminatory or aggravating comments. Stonewall Japan supports a dialogue but will not tolerate “trolls”. Stonewall Japan’s name comes from the riots in 1969 which was pioneered by queer and trans people of colour and we will continue to ensure that marginalised voices continue to be heard within Stonewall Japan without fear of being attacked by others.
Please understand that to ensure that this group is a safe space, members must abide by the Safe Space Guidelines and these basic Rules of Conduct:
You agree to treat others with respect, to refrain from harassment and public disparagement of others, and to respect others’ right to privacy. In addition, you understand that public postings on Stonewall-associated media are subject to moderation at any time for any reason as this is a recreational group whose main aims are fun, fellowship, and mutual support.
Safe Space Guidelines:
- We can disagree with another person’s point of view without putting that person down, being condescending or disrespecting their wishes.
- We can be sensitive to the diversity of our group and its varying opinions. We will be careful about making insensitive or careless remarks, especially about controversial topics.
- We can speak our opinions using the first person instead of using you. e.g. “I think kindness is important” not “You are being mean”, or “Sorry I made you feel that way” not “Sorry you feel that way”.
- We can avoid making assumptions about other people, their opinions, beliefs or behaviors.
- We can be aware that some topics may be uncomfortable to talk about, which can often offer a positive learning experience, but does not entitle members to demand or expect education, perspective, or personal stories from other members.
Rules of Conduct:
We understand that not all of us are ‘out’ in Japan, so we have made the Facebook group a ‘closed’ one. To protect member’s privacy, please refrain from quoting, screen printing or sharing content outside the group.
Stonewall Japan does not wish to censor any topics or opinions, and will not delete comments, but please adhere to Stonewall’s policy on maintaining a safe space in this group. Members who violate the safe space will be warned, then removed from the group if such behavior proceeds. Unacceptable behavior includes (but is not limited to):
- Insensitive remarks.
- Berating questions.
- Demanding to be educated by others.
- Refusing to listen to other experiences.
- Talking down other experiences.
- Invalidating someone’s experience such as comparing one-off or rare experiences to everyday microaggressions as if they are the same.
- Unrelated content.
- Extreme content without warning.
- Nudity or extreme profanity.
Warnings may be delivered both publicly and privately. Stonewall has a zero tolerance policy against discriminatory and/or consistently aggressive behavior. If people are not prepared to understand other points of view, they will be removed from the group. We recommend using a search engine to better understand someone’s point of view. Empathy is a valuable asset in our community. Do not be surprised if people don’t give you the answers you were looking for. Members aren’t entitled to explanations or responses from other members.
When you feel the safe space guidelines are being violated, it’s your responsibility to recognise that, take a step back and contact a moderator/admin of the group.
For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org