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If you're travelling to Australia from overseas, we've put together some handy information to help make your journey a smooth one.  
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== Queer BoF ==
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This BoF is for any folk who identify as Queer, LGBT, polyamorous/non-monogamous etc., or any allies or friendly, interested people. Let's catch up for lunch somewhere. I ([[User:Mattcen+lca2016@gmail.com|Matt]]) haven't got a venue in mind yet, but figure setting a meeting time is a good start!
  
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If you feel comfortable doing so, please drop your name and perhaps a way to contact you down below so we know vaguely how many to expect.
  
==Weather==
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Last year in Auckland this BoF was a purely social gathering, and this worked well, so I intend to run it in a similar fashion this time.  Considering our beachfront location, this will include a mix of self-catered beach lunches (Bring sunscreen! Weather-dependent.) and nearby cafe visits, and if interest is there, some evening bar/restaurant visits.  For those that didn't attend last year, this is a great way to make friends - around 30 people attended last year. I'm still in touch with several of the people I met on this BoF over the last few years, so I would highly recommend coming along.
  
Australian summers are hot. You '''must''' wear sunscreen, and remain hydrated. At a rough guide, you will need to drink at least 2 litres of water per day during summer.  
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'''Volunteer requested:''' I'm hoping a local (or at least someone with prior visits to the area) can assist us in selecting suitable nearby cafes/bars that we could take the group.
  
==Quarantine restrictions==
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=== Scheduled Events ===
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* Monday Lunchtime - first meet and lunch.  12.20pm - Location: Cnr of Smythe Street and Gheringhap Street, out the front of the conference building. Look for me: https://twitter.com/mattcen/status/693926494679097345.
  
Australia has some of the strongest quarantine laws in the world. '''You cannot bring fresh fruit, meats, animal products and many other items into the country'''.  
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See [https://www.google.com/maps/place/6+Gheringhap+St,+Geelong+VIC+3220,+Australia/@-38.1441061,144.3587659,18z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x6ad416a792135f9b:0xd6ed994fd597e70|Google maps] for location. (Feel free to replace with open street map link if you want)
  
For more information, see [http://www.australia.gov.au/information-and-services/passports-and-travel/customs-and-quarantine Australian customs and quarantine information].
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== Attendees ==
  
==Mobile Phone and SIM Cards==
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* [[User:Mattcen+lca2016@gmail.com|Matthew Cengia]]
The main providers of Phone service is Telstra, Optus and Vodafone.  
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* [[User:Dhawke@oss.co.nz|Dan Hawke]]
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* [[User:Pwarren@pwarren.id.au|Paul Warren]]
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* Chris Neugebauer
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* [[User:jessica@itgrrl.com|Jessica Smith]]
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* Grace Nolan
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* Yinette Hodge
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* Jacinta Richardson
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* [[User:PuZZleDucK@gmail.com|Ben Minerds]]
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* mollydb
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* Cameron Tudball
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* [[User:kiirani@gmail.com|Kennedy Skelton]]
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* Josh Deprez
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* [https://twitter.com/LGnome Adam Harvey]
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* [https://twitter.com/ceralena Cera Davies]
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* [https://linux.conf.au/schedule/30383/view_talk?day=monday Andreas Frisch] (sorry i missed the monday bof meeting)
  
This sim card is available at local coles stores (like the coles supermarket nearby in the city) [https://www.google.com.au/maps/place/Coles+Supermarkets/@-38.146301,144.3633849,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0xd8a01c36cc1d8807?sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiZhY60oL_KAhXiF6YKHQufDk4Q_BIIbjAK]
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== Safe Space ==
   
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Although I ([[User:Dhawke@oss.co.nz|Dan]]) have never known of any issues in previous years, prevention is always better than cure. We welcome people whether or not they identify with the "Queer" tagline, including our straight allies. Please remember, you may encounter people in minority groups that you do not identify with, so be polite, and treat everybody with respect. I will identify myself to the group at the beginning of each meet, and you are at any time welcome to speak to me if you are feeling uncomfortable, or if there is anything happening that you do not believe is keeping with the idea of a Safe Space. Feel free to ask me ([[User:Dhawke@oss.co.nz|Dan]]) to step outside or send me an SMS if you do not wish to bring something up in front of the group.
Appears to provide 800mb data, and lasts for 10 days. More info [http://www.coles.com.au/our-range/our-products/coles-mobile?gclid=CLjj4aiev8oCFZCUvQodWFEH8g]
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If you're a 2degrees (New Zealand) customer you can buy roaming data packs ($10 for 300MB or $15 for 500MB); [http://roam.2dm.co.nz/ details here].
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Also keep in mind that not everybody in the group may wish for their identification to be published widely, so please ask permission before taking photos, tagging people on social media, or including names in articles or blog posts.
  
Optus at the international airport terminal can hook you up with a sim card for your trip.
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=== Pronouns ===
  
==Australian and Victorian laws==
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Please be encouraged to ask people what their preferred pronouns are.  Someone appearing femme might not identify with "she/her", and someone appearing masculine might not identify with "he/him".  It's okay to make mistakes, but given this is a safe space, help others feel safe by being inclusive in your language.
  
===Drink driving===
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== More Information ==
Australia has very strict drink driving laws. The legal limit for blood alcohol concentration is 0.05 and this is strictly policed.  
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Queer is a reclaimed word used as an umbrella term to describe our rainbow family identities that includes Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Takatapui, Fa’afafine, Fakaleiti, Pansexual, Asexual and Gender Queer.
  
===Liquor===
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Feel free to get in touch with either [[User:Mattcen+lca2016@gmail.com|Matthew]] or [[User:Dhawke@oss.co.nz|Dan]] with any questions.
The legal age of majority in Australia is 18 years.  
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===Same sex couples===
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While same sex marriage is not legal in Australia, society and most businesses are very tolerant and welcoming of same sex partners.
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The [http://linux.conf.au/register/code_of_conduct Conference Code of Conduct] is designed to foster an inclusive and welcoming environment.
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Revision as of 14:18, 2 February 2016

Queer BoF

This BoF is for any folk who identify as Queer, LGBT, polyamorous/non-monogamous etc., or any allies or friendly, interested people. Let's catch up for lunch somewhere. I (Matt) haven't got a venue in mind yet, but figure setting a meeting time is a good start!

If you feel comfortable doing so, please drop your name and perhaps a way to contact you down below so we know vaguely how many to expect.

Last year in Auckland this BoF was a purely social gathering, and this worked well, so I intend to run it in a similar fashion this time. Considering our beachfront location, this will include a mix of self-catered beach lunches (Bring sunscreen! Weather-dependent.) and nearby cafe visits, and if interest is there, some evening bar/restaurant visits. For those that didn't attend last year, this is a great way to make friends - around 30 people attended last year. I'm still in touch with several of the people I met on this BoF over the last few years, so I would highly recommend coming along.

Volunteer requested: I'm hoping a local (or at least someone with prior visits to the area) can assist us in selecting suitable nearby cafes/bars that we could take the group.

Scheduled Events

See maps for location. (Feel free to replace with open street map link if you want)

Attendees

Safe Space

Although I (Dan) have never known of any issues in previous years, prevention is always better than cure. We welcome people whether or not they identify with the "Queer" tagline, including our straight allies. Please remember, you may encounter people in minority groups that you do not identify with, so be polite, and treat everybody with respect. I will identify myself to the group at the beginning of each meet, and you are at any time welcome to speak to me if you are feeling uncomfortable, or if there is anything happening that you do not believe is keeping with the idea of a Safe Space. Feel free to ask me (Dan) to step outside or send me an SMS if you do not wish to bring something up in front of the group.

Also keep in mind that not everybody in the group may wish for their identification to be published widely, so please ask permission before taking photos, tagging people on social media, or including names in articles or blog posts.

Pronouns

Please be encouraged to ask people what their preferred pronouns are. Someone appearing femme might not identify with "she/her", and someone appearing masculine might not identify with "he/him". It's okay to make mistakes, but given this is a safe space, help others feel safe by being inclusive in your language.

More Information

Queer is a reclaimed word used as an umbrella term to describe our rainbow family identities that includes Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Takatapui, Fa’afafine, Fakaleiti, Pansexual, Asexual and Gender Queer.

Feel free to get in touch with either Matthew or Dan with any questions.


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