Code of Conduct

Respect and Consideration

In order to create a safe and supportive environment for everyone, the River City Gems have a Code of Conduct which members and guests are expected to follow. Before attending your first Gems event, please take a moment to familiarize yourself with these guidelines.

Respect

We respect the dignity of all individuals regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, nationality, biological sex, gender identity, social role, physical appearance, presentation skills, economic status, age, or political affiliation. We refrain from making derogatory comments about other transgender people or organizations.

Privacy

We seek to protect the privacy and confidentiality of other members and guests at all times. We never disclose a member’s legal name, phone number, street address, place of employment or any other personal information to any other individual or entity. Any member wishing to divulge personal information about him or herself to another member does so at his or her own discretion. Information provided to the board of the River City Gems for the purposes of maintaining membership records will be kept strictly confidential.

Presentation

At River City Gems socials and events, members and guests are expected to dress appropriately for the venue and with consideration for the other people present. Because there are so many negative stereotypes and misconceptions about transgender people, we need to be especially attentive to how our public interactions reflect on our community.

Alcohol and Drugs

Alcohol may be consumed in moderation at group events, unless it is specifically prohibited by the venue. Members or guests who attend events while excessively intoxicated or under the influence of drugs will be asked to leave.

Photography

Any member taking pictures at group events must respect the desire of others not be photographed if that is their preference. Photographs of other members or guests may not be posted on the internet, published, or shared without permission from each person in the photo.

Sexual Behavior

The River City Gems is a non-sexual social and support group. Sexual behavior of any kind, including provocative dress or explicit language, is not permitted at our events. Any member or guest whose behavior is not conducive to maintaining a family-friendly environment will be asked to leave.

Representation

Only officers or members delegated by the board can represent the organization in the media or any public or private forum, or commit to future actions or financial obligations.