Our Mission Statement
The IATSE Pride Committee works to enhance LGBTQ+ members’ inclusion, visibility, and potential for success within the union, the workplace, and the community, across our various crafts and geographic locations. The IATSE is committed to the principle that all people are equal, and therefore deserve respect and fair treatment, regardless of sex, gender identity/expression, or sexual orientation.
Why is it Called a Pride Committee?
The initialisms that have been used to describe our community are constantly evolving and different groups have different preferences. As such, we have chosen to adopt the “Pride Committee” name so as not to exclude anyone who self-identifies as part of our community.
The Committee is made up of IATSE members/officers/staff who identify as LGBTQ+. At every General Executive Board meeting we will hold an event for any self-identifying LGBTQ+ attendees to participate in. Throughout the year there will also be options for both LGBTQ+ members and their allies to participate through activism, parades/marches, education, etc.
You don’t have to be an expert, you just need an open mind, an open heart, and the willingness to learn.
Community Guidelines: P.R.I.D.E.
Being part of this group requires mutual trust. Authentic, expressive discussions make groups great, but may also be sensitive and private. What’s shared in the group should stay in the group.
We’re all in this together to create a welcoming environment. Let’s treat everyone with respect and kindness. Healthy debates are natural, but please keep the dialogue civil.
Recognize that not everyone is at the same knowledge level, but by being involved they are showing a willingness to learn. If someone is genuinely trying, we don’t want to embarrass them if they use an incorrect term. By participating, they are showing a desire for education and involvement.
We are a diverse group that reflects the membership of the IATSE. The broad range of identities of our members – race, color, creed, gender, sex, national origin, citizen status, sexual orientation, age, disability, political persuasion, religious affiliation, marital status, veteran status, gender identity and/or expression, economic background – is one of our strengths as a union, and as a group. We ask all participants to acknowledge this and to be mindful and respectful of these differences.
Be mindful of the subjectivity of your voice. Understanding experiences outside of your own requires active work – listen; ask questions; have empathy. Speak for yourself and let others speak about their own experiences.