Take My Hand Blues (TMH) strives to create a space that is safe, welcoming, and inclusive for everyone, regardless of age, race, gender, sexuality, ability, experience, background, or other identifying features. By attending our event, you are agreeing to help make that happen. Here’s how:
Sometimes, even when we’re trying to be awesome, we wind up doing something that makes someone else feel unsafe or uncomfortable. If you are asked to stop any behaviors, either by an organizer or fellow attendee, you are expected to listen respectfully and comply immediately. If you have ideas about ways we could make our community safer and more inclusive, we want to hear about it!
When possible, TMH Safe Space representatives will attempt to work with anyone who violates this code to correct the behavior *before* any punitive steps are taken. Extreme or repeated violations of this code, or refusal to cooperate with Safe Space volunteers, may be met with consequences up to and including expulsion from the event without a refund and suspension from future TMH events.
TMH encourages you to take initiative in respecting, setting, discussing, and defending boundaries. If you feel uncomfortable or unsafe confronting a situation, please talk to an organizer or volunteer. We take all complaints seriously and are committed to resolving issues to the greatest extent possible. Anyone who reports a safe space violation has the right to request that their information be kept entirely anonymous, and no further action will be taken without the reporter’s consent, unless further reports of the same infraction are received.
**Harassment includes offensive verbal comments (related to gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, OR religion), sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of workshops or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.
Harassment is not always done intentionally. If anyone engages in harassing or unsafe behavior, the event staff may take any action they deem appropriate. Anyone asked to stop any harassing or unsafe behavior is expected to comply immediately. Anyone who does not comply immediately may be sanctioned or expelled from the event without a refund at the discretion of the event staff.
If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact an event staff member immediately. Contact a front desk volunteer, instructor, or DJ if you need assistance locating an event staff member.
Event staff will be happy to help with contacting the organizers, venue security, or local law enforcement; providing escorts; or otherwise assisting those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance and your safety.
We expect participants to follow these rules at all event venues and related social events. Any violations can be reported in person to an organizer or via our Contact page. Anonymous reports are accepted.
Please do contact someone if you need help or have any questions or concerns. Be safe, and enjoy dancing!
(We're thankful to Powerhouse Blues for allowing us to reflect the content and spirit of their safe spaces policies at this event.)