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Anti-Racism, Anti-Oppression, Multiculturalism at General Assembly
In 1994 and 1997 the General Assembly (GA) passed resolutions calling on the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) to become an anti-racist, multicultural faith community, calling us on a Journey Toward Wholeness. Guided by our principles and in the spirit of these resolutions, all attendees are asked to be mindful of the ways racism and oppression impact our community and the larger community that is hosting our gathering. There are numerous opportunities through workshops and other programs to expand your awareness and deepen your understanding as together we strive to be a welcoming and inclusive community for all.
Expectations of All General Assembly Attendees
Let us remember our Unitarian Universalist commitment to the worth and dignity of all people. The UUA affirms its commitment to maintain an environment free of discrimination and harassment based on race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, or disability. The Association expects all attendees to conduct themselves in a professional manner with concern and respect for all.As a courtesy, please allow persons using wheelchairs and scooters to exit meeting rooms first. Also, please leave elevators free for the use of persons using wheelchairs and scooters.
A chaplain is available at any hour during GA for assistance in case of personal emergency or need for pastoral care. Office hours and after-hours phone numbers will be posted. A closing meditation and shared by the chaplain and a member of the GA Planning Committee will be held each evening (Wednesday-Saturday) in the convention center.
The Right Relationship Team exists to listen to and engage with people who have experienced problems of oppression while at General Assembly. The team can be reached in the Chaplain's Office.
Gender Neutral Bathrooms at General Assembly
For transgender and/or gender non-conforming people, the use of public restrooms can come with emotional and physical harassment. In 2013, the General Assembly Planning Committee, in consultation with TRUUST (Transgender Religious professional Unitarian Universalists Together), designated all restrooms near the Plenary and Exhibit Halls and throughout half of the convention center for use by all genders. Gender-specific men’s and women’s restrooms were available in the other half of the convention center. When choosing which restroom to use, General Assembly attendees were encouraged to thoughtfully examine and challenge their assumptions around gender identity and gender expression.
The following documents are PDF files.
- Exterior Gender Neutral Restroom Sign (prints at 11 x 17 inches)
- Restroom Gender Signs (prints at 8.5 x 11 inches)
- page one: Interior Gender Neutral Restroom Sign
- page two: Interior Explanatory text with take-home action steps
- page three: Interior Gender Specific Restroom Sign