The Bi Chats operates under a set of simple set of rules that help everyone to feel safe
Rule one: Please help us to create a safe, welcoming environment.
This is really the ONLY rule, and everything else flows on from it…
Confidentiality: You are welcome to talk about the things we discuss in the group with your partner or friends, but please don’t discuss participants by name and respect their privacy.
Respect: Please don’t be judgemental or disrespectful, regardless of how different someone’s beliefs or lifestyle are from your own. We’re all different!
Helping others: Be careful about offering advice to others or telling them what they should do to fix their problems. Try talking from your own relevant experience instead.
Time: Try not to talk too long when it’s your turn – be aware that other people may want to share as well. Don’t be afraid of a bit of silence, either, as it can encourage shy people to share.
Sharing: Feel free to stay silent if you are not comfortable talking to the group – there is nothing wrong with simply listening to other people’s stories.
Sensitivity: Really, just behave the way you’d like others to – don’t interrupt or talk over people, put your phone on silent and take them away from the group, and that kind of common sense stuff.
Most important of all, we want everyone to have fun, make friends, and enjoy the insights others allow into their own personal stories.