If you register online you will be required to indicated your agreement with this document. If you register at the event you will be required to sign a copy of this document.
We are dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for every individual at our events. No one deserves to be harassed. We take all allegations of harassment very seriously and seek to resolve all complaints with appropriate action and decorum. This document outlines important definitions, procedures, and guidelines that you must be aware of and abide by while attending or working at Colorado Leather Fest.
All attendees at Colorado Leather Fest are expected to behave in accordance with the following Anti-Harassment and Code of Conduct Policy. This includes organizers, presenters, sponsors, volunteers, bootblacks, contestants and contest officials, and anyone else involved in operating the event. Organizers will enforce this code throughout the event. We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody.
If you feel that there is something we missed or could change for the better, please do not hesitate to email us at Directors@ColoradoLeatherFest.com for further discussion.
What Is Harassment?
For this policy “individual” refers to any human or animal attending our events including but not limited to attendees, emergency services personal, event staff and volunteers, guests, hotel management and staff, performers, service animals, and vendors.
Harassment is unwelcome conduct that unreasonably interferes with an individual’s ability to attend, enjoy, or perform their duties at the event by creating an intimidating, threatening, unsafe, hostile, or abusive environment. In an ideal world, “don’t be a jerk” is all that one would have to say to explain how to avoid harassing someone. Because we do not live in that world, we provide this list of examples which would constitute harassing behavior. Harassment includes, but is in not limited to:
- Touching individual(s) sexually without their express consent.
- Touching individual(s) non-sexually without their express consent. This refers to deliberate unwelcome touch, not incidental touch such as breaking someone’s fall or tapping their shoulder to get their attention. If someone has asked that you not tap them on the shoulder to get their attention you should respect their boundaries and not do so.
- Intimidating or threatening individual(s) to socialize with you or becoming physically involved with you; examples include repeatedly asking an individual, or threatening with verbal or physical violence.
- Repeatedly violating another’s personal space. This does not refer to crowding which can occur in high traffic areas, but an example would be repeatedly standing close to an individual who has otherwise asked you not to.
- Repeatedly making unwelcome sexually suggestive gestures or comments.
- Stalking or following other individual(s) without consent.
- Photographing or recording individual(s) without their express consent. (Please refer to our Membership and Participation Rules for our camera policy.). This refers to individual(s) who are the subject of a photograph, not to random crowds or individual(s) who happen to enter a frame. However, actions like surreptitiously photographing someone (e.g. “upskirt” photos) is inherently harassing.
- Degrading other individual(s) based on their body type, ability, race, ethnicity, country of origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, relationship status, religion or spiritual path.
- Repeatedly and intentionally mis-gendering individual(s).
- Violating other individual(s) consent or established boundaries.
- Inebriation is no excuse! The same standards of behavior apply whether you are sober or under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
Harassment can take many forms, not just those listed above, and can occur regardless of the identity and orientation of the victim or the identity and orientation of the perpetrator.
What Is Consent?
Consent is freely given, reversible, informed, specific, and affirmative.
- Don’t ignore or disrespect the other person’s “no” if they revoke consent.
- Don’t be ambiguous about what you’re asking them to consent to.
- Don’t do additional things they didn’t consent to.
- Don’t interpret a halfhearted “okay”, silence, or anything other than affirmative consent as a “yes”.
- Don’t pressure people:
- Take “no” for an answer.
- Assume that the answer is “no” unless you are actively given consent, as defined above.
- Be aware of power dynamics. If you have more power than the person you’re negotiating with – for example, if they’re brand-new to kink and see you as a mentor – make sure their consent is genuine and not based on a desire to make you happy.
- Don’t ask for consent when you’re in a confined space that the other person can’t readily leave, like an elevator or a car.
- Be aware of soft “no”s and body language. Examples of this are when someone is trying to leave or end the conversation, continually changing the subject to something less intimate, or physically distancing themselves from you.
- Don’t touch people or their things without consent.
- Don’t influence people without consent. This includes but is not limited to NLP (neurolinguistic programming), hypnosis, and using pre-established triggers.
- Prior consent (previously established consent between partners) is acceptable under this policy. If you see something happening between others without obvious consent, do not assume that any previously established consent extends to you.
Code of Conduct – Expected Behavior
The following behaviors are expected and requested of all attendees:
- Participate in an authentic and active way. In doing so, you contribute to the health and longevity of this community.
- Exercise consideration and respect in your speech and actions.
- Attempt collaboration before conflict.
- Refrain from any and all demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior and speech.
- Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Alert community leaders if you notice a dangerous situation, someone in distress, or violations of this Code of Conduct, even if they seem inconsequential.
- Remember that community event venues may be shared with members of the public; please be respectful to all patrons of these locations.
Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.
If a participant engages in harassing behavior, event organizers retain the right to take any actions to keep the event a welcoming environment for all participants. This includes warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund.
Event organizers may take action to redress anything designed to, or with the clear impact of, disrupting the event or making the environment hostile for any participants.
We expect participants to follow these rules at all event venues and event-related social activities. We strongly believe that people should follow these rules outside event activities too!
If you feel that you have been harassed, please use the following guidelines.
If you have fear for your personal safety during the Event: Go the Registration Desk or the Hotel Desk and tell someone that you need to speak to one of the Directors or Operations.
The safety of individual(s) at our events is our number one concern, regardless of the individual(s) you feel are harassing you are, we want to stress the importance that we place on this Policy.
If you have a concern about an individual based on past experience, a hotel staff, a management member, or an event staff or volunteer member, we encourage you to contact us at Directors@ColoradoLeatherFest.com.
Otherwise should you feel that you have been harassed at one of our events you have a variety of options available to you to help resolve the situation:
- You can talk to the individual(s) whom you felt acted in a harassing manner and politely explain to them what conduct caused you to feel this way and how both parties can resolve the situation.
- If you’re uncomfortable with talking to the other individuals you have the option of contacting event staff as well. There several ways in which you get in contact with us:
- In Person:
During daytime operational hours the registration desk will have radios to reach the Directors and Operations if you have a concern. At other times you can talk to any CLF Volunteer (they will be wearing blue vests) and tell them that you need to report a harassment incident. They will locate the CLF Directors for you. You may also call one of the phone numbers below.
If you have a concern or report that doesn’t need to be addressed at the event but you would like get in contact with us after the event, you can use our Harassment Report Form. If this matter is urgent, please email us at Directors@ColoradoLeatherFest.com.
Colorado Leather Fest takes every complaint we receive seriously, and will make every effort to research complaints to the best of our ability.
- After you submit a complaint we will work with you to gather as much information about the complaint as possible.
- However, it is important to remember that this process can take a varying amount of time depending on the nature of the complaint and the individuals involved in it. That said, we will keep you informed of our research. If you have any more concerns or additional information you can still reach out to Event Staff.
- Once we have completed our research we will develop a provisional resolution that we feel address the concerns of all individuals involved in the complaint.
- We will then explain the provisional resolution to you and address any further questions or concerns you have.
- Once we have done all this we will work with our event staff to make sure that the resolution is implemented fully.
- Resolutions can take many forms. Here are just a few examples of actions we might take: Explaining to the offending individual(s) the values and norms of consent culture as they apply at our events; Asking the individual(s) to refrain from contact with you; Removing the individual(s) from the event; and/or banning the individual(s) from future events.
As a matter of safety, Colorado leather Fest policy forbids staff members from revealing the identity of a complainant to an offender without the express and informed consent of the complainant.
It is important to note that this policy does not preclude you at any time from using any resources which are available to you under local, state and federal law. These include actions such as calling the police or emergency medical services personnel. If you come to us with a complaint and ask for our help in using these resources we will do everything we can to help you in this regard. It is however important to note that these services are not bound by our policies and under law may have to reveal your identity to the offender when filling an official complaint. We in no way encourage or discourage anybody to use these resources, the choice is yours as a complainant.
How Do I Avoid Being Accused of Harassment?
The easiest and best way to deal with harassment is to prevent it from happening in the first place. There are three key components of this: education, sobriety, and consent. Before coming to one of our events, we ask that you familiarize yourself with that event’s rules and policies; these will help guide you.
Many harassment complaints at events such as this involve the over consumption of alcohol. Over consuming impairs both your judgment and impulse control. When first encountering a new community, many individual(s) seek to relieve the anxiety with alcohol. Some individual(s) also feel overwhelmed by an event of this size and scope and seek to ease this feeling with alcohol. While we understand that temptation, we assure you that that strategy is counter-productive.
Finally, and most importantly, is consent. Before touching someone, you should first ask them for their permission, explain what you wish to accomplish, and gain their informed consent. Otherwise, you should refrain from touching other individual(s). If an individual(s) is intoxicated or impaired, they can not give informed consent. If an individual(s) asks you not to touch them, politely respect their request and refrain from doing so. These guidelines also apply to the items and belongings of other individual(s). Remember when dealing with other individual(s), that “No” always means No, and previous consent does not imply current consent.
What Should I Do If I Am Accused of Harassment?
Event Staff takes all accusations of harassment with the seriousness they deserve, but they do not pass judgment until the matter has been thoroughly researched and they have an understanding of the events that occurred. If approached by Event Staff we ask that you work with us in a polite and civil demeanor, and we will work with you to get your side of the situation and to assess all the facts and allegations of the complaint.
If it has been determined through the research that a boundary was violated out of ignorance or misunderstanding, our staff members are there to help explain and inform you of the policies and cultural procedures of our events so that these kinds of accidents do not occur again in the future. Event Staff also understand that sometimes when these kind of incidents occur, the offenders like to offer apologies for the situation, we are happy to relay spoken or written apologies to complainants in cases where it is appropriate.
In the end, whether you are determined to be at fault or not, we will not tolerate post-complaint shaming, “witch hunts”, or retaliation. Each of these can, in and of itself, result in you being in violation of our harassment and event policies and will warrant more research which may lead to disciplinary actions up to and possibly including expulsion from our events.
Please also keep in mind that unless specifically requested by the complainant(s) in your case, we will not identify the complainant(s) to you. We understand that this seems unfair and is frustrating from your perspective, but anonymity helps to ensure that safety of all involved parties and can prevent escalation of retaliatory incidents.
Regarding False Complaints
We understand that many fear false complaints; they have the potential to harm innocent individual(s) in very real and lasting ways. Our policy is to research each complaint for the safety of all involved. If through research Event Staff find that a complaint was falsely made with intention to harm an individual, it will be dealt through the harassment policy as an act of harassment itself.
Everyone has the right to an event free from harassment. We will do everything we can to prevent harassment before it happens, address it when it does, and will work tirelessly to keep you safe.
CLF Directors Email: Directors@ColoradoLeatherFest.com
Online Harassment Report Form
Hotel Front Desk Phone: xxx-xxx-xxxx
Sexual Assault Hotline: 303-322-7273
Metro Taxi: 303-333-3333
The CLF Anti-Harassment and Code of Conduct Policy was adapted from policies developed by Just Magical Events and BHIVE, with their kind permission.