Code of Conduct for Be True 2 Me Support Network and Groups

Transgender and Gender Diverse Organisation

Code of Conduct for Be True 2 Me Support Network and Groups

  1. Respect everyone present.  Not everyone shares the same views.  Not everyone comes from the same background.  We offer a safe space, and do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnic or social origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, socioeconomic status, or any other ground.
  2. Transition is not the same for everyone.  Please respect different choices and different journeys.
  3. We are a combined group of gender identities.  Where appropriate or required, we may separate into sub-groups of more specific gender identities (such as Trans Feminine and Trans Masculine).
  4. Topic are chosen by the team, if possible, a topic may be changed at request of the group. If you would like to discuss a particular topic, please send a WhatsApp message to Be True 2 Me, post a message on the Be True to Me Community Facebook page (for contact information, please visit our website: www.betrue2me.org). Please allow timeous feedback as preparation takes time and topics are covered between multiple group locations.
  5. The identity of all people attending the support group or participating in the Be True 2 Me community is confidential.  Please do not disclose anyone’s identity without their consent.
  6. No photographs, videos, or sound recordings of group meetings are permitted.  If anyone wishes to electronically document a group session for their personal use, they must obtain permission from EVERYONE in attendance.
  7. You are welcome to make written notes, but please do not disclose anyone’s personal information or story to a third person (someone outside the group) without consent.
  8. Minors (under the age of 18) must obtain written consent from a parent / guardian / caregiver in order to attend support group meetings. Where possible, a parent / guardian / caregiver should accompany minors to support group meetings.
  9. If anyone feels that a conversation is inappropriate or risks triggering trauma, they may excuse themselves from the conversation, or tell the facilitator that they are uncomfortable with the topic.
  10.  The group facilitator is responsible for ensuring that the group is run according to the code of conduct.  The facilitator is therefore entitled to make decisions and requests in line with the code of conduct, to ensure that everyone’s rights are respected and that meetings proceed in an orderly way.
  11.  If anyone has a complaint regarding a support group, they can contact either the Be True 2 Me Exco Management Team, or follow the Be True 2 Me grievance process (contact details are available on our website).
  12.  Support group members are not authorized to speak to the media or third parties on behalf of Be True 2 Me.  Only authorised spokespersons are allowed to represent Be True 2 Me in the media.  However, support group members are welcome to acknowledge Be True 2 Me or say that they belong a support group in their public or private communications.  We also offer a blog space on our website, where you can tell your story or air your personal views (www.betrue2me.org).