Yes we are doing a review and I can vouch that issues like this will always
be a part of the criteria when selecting a venue.  In most of the recent
Wikimanias the selection committee and WMF have included the security of
our LGBT community as one of the criteria when considering bids.

Another critical issue that you mention below  when deciding what to do for
future Wikimanias  is whether the conference in its present form (program,
location, etc.) is serving the community and WMF.   That is a longer
conversation that I hope we can continue to have and make some progress in
the near future.


On Sun, Oct 16, 2016 at 10:26 AM, Pine W <> wrote:

> Hi Pax,
> My understanding is that WMF is doing a strategic review of Wikimania. If
> that is correct, considerations like the ones you raise about location
> could be included in the scope of that review. I'm pinging Ellie with the
> hope that she can provide information about the status of WMF's thinking
> about Wikimania, perhaps in a new thread. Wikimania involves significant
> amounts of time and money, and I am hoping that WMF will develop ways to
> align Wikimania with WMF and community strategic goals.
> Pine
> On Oct 16, 2016 08:10, "Pax Ahimsa Gethen" <>
> wrote:
>> Hello all. I had a positive experience at WikiConference North America
>> last weekend, where I gave a talk on transgender issues and Wikipedia.[1]
>> I'm posting because there's an active discussion in Wikipedia Weekly on
>> Facebook about choosing a host country for Wikimania 2018.[2] I am
>> concerned that some of the suggestions are not taking into account the
>> safety of LGBT+ people; not just those attending the conference, but also
>> those living in the host country.
>> As a queer trans atheist in a same-sex marriage, there are a number of
>> places where I am considered a criminal for just existing or going about my
>> daily routine. This applies to some parts of the U.S. as well, by the way;
>> I won't be visiting North Carolina as long as it's illegal for me to use
>> the men's restroom there. Please keep these considerations in mind when
>> planning meetups and conferences. Thank you.
>> - Pax aka Funcrunch
>> [1]
>> ikiconference-north-america/
>> [2]
>> 14259788621851/
>> --
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