Q: Why is the organization called "Women in Music" when you represent a variety of genders?
A: Our mission is to support women and gender minorities as they are sorely underrepresented across all levels of the music industry. When we say gender minorities, we are referring to (but not limited to) trans, agender, and non-binary people, who are comfortable in a setting that centres the experiences of women.
Q: Isn't this discriminatory against men?
A: Our friends at Keychange state this answer well: "(WIM-BC) isn’t about taking opportunities away from anyone, it’s about creating new opportunities for people who have been consistently held back. From our experience, this kind of targeted support is needed to empower a diverse range of people to come forward, boost confidence, create role models, and make long lasting change throughout the industry."
Q: What are gender terms and pronouns? How do I use the right one for each individual?
A: There are many gender terms to be aware of. Language develops at a community level, and gender-diverse people often need to find their own words to describe themselves and their experiences. Terms including non-binary, genderqueer, agender, bigender, and gender fluid, among others, are valid - whether or not they’re familiar to you. When it comes to names and pronouns, avoid characterizing them as “preferred” - they just are. When you're using the terms “trans” and “transgender,” make sure you're using them as adjectives (for example Shondra is a trans woman).
If you are unfamiliar with gender terms that people are using, you can ask respectfully what that term means for that person, along with what you can do to respect them in your interactions. Consider using open-ended questions such as: “How would you like me to refer to you?” or “What language do you feel best describes you?”
Our intersectionality guide provides more information about language: Intersectionality Guide
Q: What is the difference between diversity, inclusion, and equity?
A: Diversity is often perceived to be about perspective, representation, tough conversation, and supporting inclusion. Inclusion prompts answers about creating environments conducive to feedback, supporting diversity, and being open. Equity was described as fairness, sameness, and valuing diversity and inclusion.
Q: How can I get involved?
A: Women In Music BC is currently a volunteer based organization that relies on grant funding to execute programs. To stay up to date with our news and events, sign up for our enewsletter at the sign up form at the bottom of the page, and follow us on social media! If you'd like to volunteer or have suggestions for events or programs email us at womeninmusicbc(@)gmail.com