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  • Discrimination, Flowjo Bathrooms & Requests

    The Flowjo commits to non-discriminatory practices and welcomes humans regardless of sexual orientation, gender expression, biological sex, race, religion, nationality, age, veteran or bodily capabilities.  The  If I've left anyone out, I apologize.  We (the community) just do our best to welcome people and practice respect for diversity.  

    When you are here, please use whatever bathroom suits your personal, bodily needs.  I have trust in everyone to use the one that feels best for their bodies.  I want you to feel physically & emotionally safe, comfortable and welcome.  We have two bathrooms.  Since they are different inside, they aren't as conducive for being "gender neutral", so I've described the bathrooms here.  

    One is labeled with a drummer, the other with a hoop dancer.  

    The somewhat masculine drummer bathroom on the left has two really nicely painted rooms (really, I like them better than the other bathroom).  In the entry room, there is a urinal & sink.  This room is a beautiful deep red, has a privacy wall and also has a locking door (if necessary). The second room (deep teal) has a handicap accessible toilet and a locking door.

    The sorta feminine hoop-dancer bathroom on the right also has two (blue) rooms.  The entry room has a private, locking stall and sink.  There is a second room with a handicap accessible toilet and a locking door.  The outer/main door also locks.  However, this is somewhat inconvenient to others who may just want to go in to use the sink, make a clothing adjustment, or take a privacy break, etc.  If you have particular needs that require you to lock this door for a moment to feel another barrier of safety, that is OK.  But please be conscious that this may make an unnecessary line on the dance-floor.  I have full trust in our community to be respectful and in integrity.  

    The Flowjo does host age & gender specific events/classes because we believe it is a helpful learning opportunity to bond with others in a similar developmental stage or with similar embodied, cultural experience.   For example, we have women's circles/dances, teen classes, kids classes and a queer youth class.  This is not meant to be exclusive or hurtful. For some of us, this is a way for us to create safe containers for connection and deeper self-learning where safe spaces have been lost in an imperialist, rape culture.  I also welcome men's groups, trans groups, specific worship groups or devotional practices... to organize & utilize the space. 

    I thought about beginning this with All Are Welcome, but felt called to say that all behaviors are not.

    What we request for your participation (beyond specific agreements required for various classes/events)  is an understanding of respect.  This one guideline can be a pretty inclusive umbrella.  Respect for others, the facilitator, the space, yourself, diversity, boundaries.  If one cannot access that basic human understanding, or are not in a *state* to practice respect to others or the guidelines of a particular ritual, class or event, this punctures the container and negatively affects everyone.  In these cases, individuals based upon specific behaviors, may be asked to refrain from participating.

    with love & hope for all beings

    and an evolved form of government