Safe[r] Spaces & Accessibility Policy



Glitterbox’s core values include:

  • Inclusion
  • Accessibility
  • Uplifting and prioritising marginalised voices and experiences
  • Creating opportunities for genuine engagement on multiple levels to provide spaces open to as many people we can (ie: not just drinking and party focused events)

Safe[r] spaces

Glitterbox is committed to providing a safe[r] space for all staff, contractors, and visitors to Glitterbox’s events. Everything Glitterbox does is guided by this commitment. This is a safe[r] space policy rather than a ‘safe space’ policy because we acknowledge that no space is exclusively safe for everyone, and wish to commit to continually working to provide safer spaces, rather than declaring ‘spaces are safe, that’s it, we’re done’. We do not claim to be perfect, and are committed to continuing to learn and grow to ensure our work is not only safer, accessible, and accountable - but also transformative.

Glitterbox acknowledges that Ngāi Tūāhuriri are the mana whenua of Ōtautahi, and never ceded sovereignty. Audrey and Jen are both Pākehā. We aim for our spaces and our work to be decolonial, as much we can be, and are committed to the ongoing journey of work and learning to support that kaupapa.

In Glitterbox spaces, you need to be responsible for your behaviours and aware of the ways in which they can affect others. You need to be aware of your own feelings and be responsible for the ways in which you react. Please be aware of the power you hold and how it may be influencing or exerting upon other unequally.

Glitterbox spaces and events have a zero tolerance policy for discrimination and violence (including non-physical violence) including but not limited to: racism, classism, homophobia, biphobia, transmisogyny and transphobia, queerphobia in all its forms, fatphobia, ableism (including discrimination of or opression towards neurodivergent people), and sexism. Glitterbox reserves the right to take action to ensure its events and spaces are free from these, and commits to working through those processes in a transformative and victim/survivor-centred process.

Accessibility

Glitterbox acknowledges that issues of accessibility are absolutely part and parcel of whether an event is safe or not, not just for our disabled and chronically ill whānui. We at Glitterbox want our events to be as accessible to as many people as possible. Accessibility information is critically important to this. As such, Glitterbox will:

  • Always endeavour to utilise accessible venues
  • By ‘accessible’ we mean:
  • That the entrances and bathrooms are physically accessible for those utilising wheelchairs or other mobility aids, or have limited ability for physical exertion (ie no venues with only lots of stairs for entry)
  • That sufficient seating is available for those who cannot stand for long periods of time
  • That appropriate mobility parking is available
  • Publish venue accessibility information at the same time as the event is published
  • Caption all Glitterbox videos as soon as practicably possible
  • Take steps to ensure all event content is accessible to a wide audience wherever possible
  • This includes, for example:
  • ensuring that speakers always use microphones
  • that Culture Vultures quiz questions will always be projected where everyone can see
  • publishing content warnings for screenings, readings, et cetera
  • Glitterbox intends to research transcription and interpretation possibilities for any speech-heavy events
  • Always be available, receptive, and accountable to accessibility issues at our events, always work to resolve any issues that arise, and learn from those issues to put practices into place to ensure they don’t happen again.

References and thanks

This policy draws from The Queer Mafia’s Safe{r} Spaces Remixed, the 128 Radical Social Centre & Community Centre’s Safer Spaces policy, and from PhDisabled’s ‘Event Organisers: Give Access Information Up Front. Please?’

It also draws on work done by a wide range of activists and advocates, both from Aotearoa and internationally, including but not limited to Fresh and Fruity (manifesto iii in particular), Mia Mingus, and older policies co-written with Khye Hitchcock.