BIPOC & LGBTQ+
Community Call Info
It has been a standard practice for Ancestral Medicine to offer community calls to support Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color (BIPOC) and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, etc (LGBTQ+) through the duration of our full-length courses. We believe that the inclusion of these culturally-welcoming spaces can provide an additional level of safety and ease that supports learning and connection. The following information applies equally to the (optional) additional BIPOC and LGBTQ+ affinity breakout groups we hold after the main teaching calls with Daniel.
These community calls will be anchored respectively by BIPOC or LGBTQ+ course supporters, typically who are also specifically trained in racial equity and/or queer-friendly cultural norms and, by extension, how to hold an inclusive group space. In the event that these usual supporters are not available during any given call, our second choice will be to have a non-BIPOC or non-LGBTQ+ small group leader with cultural competencies at holding an inclusive space. We ask course participants to mindfully self-select for each of these options rather than have our team draw strict lines between who and who is not invited. Participation in one or both spaces does not require you to attend every community call, and you can always chose in any given call to join an open-to-all breakout group instead of one of the affinity breakouts.
BIPOC spaces are complex and include mixed-race people, people who optically present to others as white, and others from around the world who directly experience racism in ways that may not resemble the dynamics of oppression in North America. That said, if you’re almost entirely of European ancestries and have not experienced first-hand negative impact from racism as a formative and/or regular experience, please honor that you are not among the folks that this space is intended to serve. For people who perhaps don’t understand the benefits of a distinct BIPOC-only gathering space, there is an abundance of good information on this from BIPOC educators (one example here).
LGBTQ+ spaces also welcome people who are intersex, two-spirit, asexual, pansexual, etc. The intent is a space that is culturally inclusive around ways that especially (but not only) trans and genderqueer folks still encounter substantial discrimination and marginalization. These groups will include and warmly welcome cis-gendered folks who are other-than-heterosexual and anyone who wants the additional layer of safety and mindfulness with respect to their bodies, identities, etc. Again, no one will be asked to justify their decision to opt into this space.