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Attending online Sarbat meetings

These are guidelines for individuals interested in attending online Sarbat meetings (e.g. Zoom video conferencing) during and after the Coronavirus pandemic.

We welcome you to Sarbat Socials online

We will share our upcoming meetings via our social media channels (Facebook / Twitter/Instagram) and/or via our newsletter (click here to subscribe). To join these online meetings, you would need to download Zoom on your phone or open Zoom via your browser. You do not need to have a zoom account to be able to join the meeting, and it is completely free!

We have decided to have our meetings as password protected as they are volunteer-led. This is crucial so we are not overwhelmed by online trolls and bots (It has happened…), and only open the space up for our LGBT+ Sikhs and allies. So if you would like to join our meetings, please register in advance using the registration link found on the posters. Email if at sarbatsikhs@gmail.com if you encounter any trouble during registration and one of our volunteers will help you. We will share the unique Zoom link and password with all those who have registered via Eventbrite two hours before the event is due to begin.

Our priority is to keep our online meeting spaces safe, warm and kind to the best of our ability, so we request that everyone intending to join our meetings to please abide by the following ground rules when joining a meeting.

  • Please be sensitive to the needs of other participants. Not everyone will be equally comfortable with their sexuality, gender identity or faith. 
  • Please treat all information shared at the meeting confidentially.
  • Please keep interactions soliciting relationships or partners outside the meeting space; sexually explicit language is not allowed.
  • Please feel free to not share your video, although we recommend that you switch it on. 
  • Please add your pronouns to your zoom name. If you would like to use a pseudonym instead of your real name to ensure privacy, please feel free to do so (and please let us know in advance by emailing us at sarbatsikhs@gmail.com).
  • Please note that there is no obligation to participate, although it would be great to hear from everybody. Also, please share only what you are comfortable sharing.
  • Please note that some of the content shared might be triggering or upsetting, so please prioritise your self-care. If you need to address anything during or after the meeting, please feel free to send a private message to the host or co-host or send us an email at sarbatsikhs@gmail.com and we’ll do our best to work through it with you.
  • Please do not share the meeting link when it is emailed to you. If anyone else is interested in joining the event, please ask them to register.
  • Please have patience as you join the waiting room at the start of a meeting. We will admit you into the meeting room as soon as possible.
  • Please note that private chat between participants, screen-sharing, file-sharing, and recording options will be disabled.
  • Please do not record the meeting in any form as it is vital to respect the confidentiality of the meeting and all participants.
  • The hosts will remove individuals who violate the rules above or use offensive language.  

Please have a look at Sarbat Code of Conduct – it applies equally to our online meetings. It was written over a decade ago but is as relevant today as it has ever been.

While we raise and discuss issues pertinent to Sikh lgbtq+ folk, we welcome all without regard to race, colour, faith, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, or age. Any discrimination or hateful language will not be tolerated and will result in the removal of the person from the meeting.

Please also note that while we will take every care to make the meeting safe and friendly, we are simply a group of volunteers facilitating a space for like-minded Sikh and LGBT+ individuals to come together and support each other. We are thus not responsible for any mishaps that may occur during or after a social. We expect all attendees to engage in responsible dialogue and demonstrate compassion towards each other.

We sincerely look forward to seeing you at our upcoming meetings and hope you enjoy your experience.

This guidance piece is put together by Shraddha Kaur and is based on the experiences of Sarbat members who have hosted and attended online meetings. we welcome your feedback to improve this guidance. Please get in touch with us at info@sarbat.net if you have suggestions on how to make our online meetings as accessible and secure for our members and allies.

3 replies on “Attending online Sarbat meetings”

i have an trans sikh friend in prison. i was hoping u could send her some articles?? pllease send to JAMES WILLIAMSON #14255794 @ stiles unit 3060 fm 3514 beaumont tx. 77705……..thanks….

Hey Eric – we share all our resources online only. Please feel free to print these items and share.

Hi I’m identify myself Feminine lesbian and I would like to join the zoom meeting cause as I am part of the community and also being a Punjabi Indian Woman i would like to know about similar story who have to through society rules and regulations and how face the situation to force to be married to opposite gender.

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