Out Professionals welcomes the full diversity of the LGBTQ community and supportive allies. Our events bring together aspiring and established LGBTQ professionals and others who want to improve their careers through meaningful networking and other career-building events.
We are committed to making our events as safe, inclusive, respectful, and enjoyable as possible. We all have different identities, views, and life experiences so it is important that everyone have a common understanding of appropriate behavior that respects others.
We require all event participants to follow this code of conduct. The behavior of others is never a justification for anyone to break this Code of Conduct in response.
Out Professionals welcomes all kinds of people, both LGBTQ and straight allies. Please do not assume that an attendee is LGBTQ.
Our primary mission centers around networking.
Out Professionals creates a welcoming space for making and advancing professional connections. We recognize that some attendees may meet others at our events with whom they want to pursue personal connections and potential relationships.
All attendees must acknowledge and adhere to the following guidelines:
Bullying is verbal or physical conduct that seeks to harm, intimidate, or coerce another person.
Harassment is persistent and unwelcome conduct towards another person or persons.
Sexual harassment is one type of harassment and includes unwelcome sexual advances, unwelcome physical contact of a sexual nature, or unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature includes the repeated making of unsolicited, inappropriate gestures or comments and the display of sexual materials.
Recognizing Harassment - It is impossible to list every type of behavior that can be considered bullying or harassment in violation of this policy. In general, any conduct that could interfere with an individual's participation in an event or create a hostile environment is forbidden. This is the case even if the offending attendee did not mean to be offensive –attendees must be sensitive to the feelings of others. Even mild offensive conduct can be considered bullying or harassment if someone has made it clear that it is unwelcome. Some examples include:
Verbal: Jokes, insults, and innuendoes; threats; degrading sexual remarks; whistling; cat calls; comments on a person's body or sex life; or pressures for sexual favors; participating in derogatory or insulting gossip.
Non-Verbal: Intimidating or confrontational body language; gestures, staring, touching, hugging, or patting; blocking a person's movement; standing too close; brushing against a person's body; display of sexually suggestive or degrading pictures; racist or other derogatory cartoons or drawings.
Any event attendee who is found harassing another guest or other person associated with an event may be asked to leave and may be potentially banned from all participation in Out Professionals, at the discretion of event leadership.
The decision of Out Professionals leadership is final; when registering for and/or attending our events(s), you have agreed to honor our decision.
Out Professionals uses event photography and videography to promote our events to reach other professionals for you to meet!
Listen to and follow the instructions of event organizers. You may ask to speak to the chapter leader (Lead Ambassador) if you disagree with the guidance from a volunteer.
Please let event organizers know as soon as possible if you experience or witness anything that makes you feel uncomfortable, or which may be in breach of the Code of Conduct. Even if you do not want any action taken, please still let us know during the event or afterward by email.
Examples of actions we can do:
If you have any questions, comments, or feedback, contact us.
The Out Professionals Code of Conduct is adapted from the Equality Network Code of Conduct. Thanks for their fine work in advancing the LGBTQ Community in Scotland.
Our bullying and harassment policy is adapted from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.
Last Update: Monday, July 17, 2023
Out Professionals is a 501(c)(7) nonprofit social organization in the USA. • EIN 13-3918457
Out Pro Ed (Out Professionals Educational Foundation, Inc) is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit. • EIN 87-3853989 • Donations are tax-deductible.