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Private security will be hired for the PRIDE festival,
Galaei is committed to safe events that encompass the intersectionalities of safety, wellness, accessibility, and sustainability.
Galaei will employ a community safety model in accordance with city ordinances, the office of special events, and the office of lgbtq affairs. The community safety and support model includes a contracted trained private event security (both roving and stationed), mental wellness services, social workers, and de-escalation specialists. Each of the services will be on site in collaboration with multiple local organizations.
Traditionally PRIDE events are celebratory with low to nonexistent instances that require Law enforcement to intervene in intracommunity disputes, as such Law enforcement will not participate in their uniforms, to table, or participate in recruitment activities at Pride 365 pride events. This action is a step in the path of transformative justice affirming our commitment to eliminating harm, and abuse at Gay Pride events.
Continuing on this path requires more education for how all community members can feel safe and be safe as we care for ourselves, our communities, and our environment.
Galaei staff and Pride volunteers will run operations on site with highly visible branded “Pride 365” shirts.
A private security firm will be hired, including special
event supervisors who will liaise with Galaei staff, Pride 365 volunteers and security personnel, and government agencies when necessary.
Each event venue’s security will collaborate with Galaei’s Pride’s security liaisons.
Security and volunteer personnel will have previously undergone or agree to undergo de-escalation training including (where applicable) alcohol involvement, sexual harassment, consent for attendees and performers, rally environments training, and underage guests/family- friendly event training and racial sensitivity training.
Personnel, galaei staff, and volunteers will be trained on active shooters and other threats
Personnel will be trained on evacuation exit and communication plans in partnership
Galaei Pride365 will strictly adhere to capacity and spacing policies imposed by any event venues.
Homeland security will secure the festival grounds with a sweep prior to the event.
As a black, latinx, trans, and queer led organization, galaei acknowledges measures presently and throughout our history that have brought irreparable harm to trans, womxn, black, latinX, indigenous, and peoples of color. Our goal and mission is to present a pride that ensures the safety of attendees, while also recognizing that safety for many of us means different things.
Galaei is committed to ensuring and environment that is free of discrimination and that is fostering an environment a climate in which all community including staff, may participate, contribute, and grow to their fullest potential
We recognize and value our community and are committed to equitable treatment of our staff and community.
Harassment and disparate treatment based on gender identity, race, color, sexual orientation, handicap/disability, age, or religion will not be permitted or condoned.
All galaei staff, volunteers, and attendees have the responsibility to support this policy and to take appropriate steps to ensure a space free of discrimination
Consider your power and privilege; consider ways you can be helpful to others around you
TREAT EVERY PERSON WITH RESPECT AND DIGNITY.
EXAMINE OUR ATTITUDES AND ACTIONS TOWARD PEOPLE WHO ARE DIFFERENT FROM OURSELVES.
SPEAK OUT WHEN WE SEE HARASSMENT AND DISCRIMINATION IN THIS ENVIRONMENT.
GALAEI DOES NOT TOLERATE ANY ACTION THAT VIOLATES THE CORE BELIEFS OF OUR RADICAL SOCIAL JUSTICE ORGANIZATION
If you witness or experience an act of violence contact our partner organization at the anti violence project
If you identify a potential threat, including discrimination, violence, hate, or even an unattended bag, call 911 immediately.
Avoid attending events alone, when possible. Designate a “Pride Buddy,” and do not leave your friends alone.
Advise someone who won’t be with you of your whereabouts and of any change of plans.
Keep electronics charged and bring additional battery power.
Write down your emergency contacts in the event your phone dies.
Trust your instincts. Remove yourself from situations where you feel unsafe.
Notify event organizers of any harassment or threats for immediate support.
Speak up and be loud to alert bystanders to identify violence and deter it
Record what is happening – take videos on your phone, if possible. Stay safe.
Offer support to survivors – offer what you can.
Keep your money in a safe place.
Don’t drive if you have been drinking or taking anything that can impair your decision
Designate an emergency meet up spot in the event you get separated from your group.