The Gender Identity Center of Colorado
Each week we have a variety of regularly scheduled meetings which are designed to accommodate everyone from the occasional crossdresser to the pre- and post-operative transsexual and their family and friends. As a condition of your participation in our activities, All members and guests must observe the following rules and regulations. The rules are to insure the safety, security and comfort of all in attendance.
Keeping confidences is our most important rule!
Without their specific permission, you shall not:
- Reveal the identity of any member or guests, their transgendered status, or their interest in transgendered issues.
- Reveal any information about another person's association with you or other members and guests.
- Reveal any information about another person's interest or involvement in other transgender organizations.
- Openly indicate in public any familiarity with any person you might recognize from your association with the Gender Identity Center.
The above includes any attempts to contact, or references to, another member or guest through correspondence or on the telephone. In general, any information about another person obtained as a result of your and/or their association with the Gender Identity Center confidential.
Not Therapy: These support group meetings do not qualify as therapy nor are they intended as a substitute for therapy.
Personal Information: You are not required to say anything that would reveal your identity or where you live or work. You can say as little or as much about yourself as you choose.
Crossdressing: Although the G.I.C. is intended to be a safe environment where you can freely express your gender diversity, you are not required, or necessarily expected, to crossdress.
Behavior: You are expected to show respect for others. No one will be permitted to become aggressive, abusive or offensive to others in the group for anything they might say or do. When some one else is speaking, you will be expected to listen attentively and not interrupt or otherwise cause a distraction. Similarly, if you are not in a meeting, but you are still on the premises, you will be expected to behave with proper decorum.
Cell phones/pagers: To keep distractions to a minimum in what can become quite intense, personal conversations, please turn cell phones and/or pagers to off or vibrate. If your cell phone or pager goes off, please excuse yourself quietly and take the call outside.
No Promiscuity: The Gender Identity Center is not a sexual pick-up place. While on the premises, sexual advances by members or guests will not be tolerated, nor will any kissing or fondling be permitted that might be suggestive of promiscuity.
No Profanity: Any profanity is discouraged, and excessive profanity will not be tolerated, which standard shall be defined by the other participants. The general rule should be - if anyone else in the group is offended, it is excessive.
Substance Abuse: Anyone who comes to the Gender Identity Center while under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be asked to leave immediately. Neither drugs nor alcohol will be allowed on the premises at any time.
Violations: Failure to observe these rules can result in your being asked to leave immediately and/or having your membership revoked by the Gender Identity Center's Board of Directors. Whether or not the violation is sufficiently serious for immediate dismissal of the offending party will be at the discretion of the Group Leader. Authority to make that judgment and to act on that basis is derived from the Board of Directors. Group Leaders also have the authority to cause the offender to be removed by local police should the offender refuse to leave voluntarily.
Complaints: During meetings, any complaints about a violation of the rules should first be brought to the attention of the Group Leader, particularly if immediate action is required. Otherwise, it can be filed with any available Officer or Board Member, who will refer it to the Board of Directors for review at the next Board Meeting. In the meantime, the Officer, Board Member or Group Leader with whom the complaint has been filed also has the authority to suspend the privileges of the person charged in the complaint. Any formal complaints as well as any resulting loss of privileges will be reviewed by the Board of Directors. The complainant and the respondent will be given the opportunity to present their case at that time. Once the evidence has been reviewed by the Board, the resulting decision will be final.