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Letters from IPS 2022 Conference Bidders

Wednesday, September 5, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Shawn Laatsch
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Date: Wed, Sep 5, 2018 at 11:20 AM
Subject: IPS2022 Conference Bidders Letters

Dear IPS Members,

Bids for the IPS2022 Conference were presented during our Council Meeting and at the General Assembly in Toulouse this summer from St. Petersburg, Russia and Houston, Texas (USA).  Following the bids serious concerns were expressed regarding safety and security of LGBQT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender, questioning/inclusive) persons at both proposed conference sites.  The IPS officers and council members called a special meeting to discuss these issues.  We then sent a letter to each bidder requesting their responses to these concerns.  Based on the responses provided, both sites have pledged to abide by the IPS Code of Conduct and provide a safe and welcoming environment for all IPS members and conference participants.

The IPS Officers sincerely appreciate each of our IPS2022 Conference bidders for their thorough responses to these concerns.  Their letters may be viewed here [http://www.ips-planetarium.org; click on links to each document below]. We encourage members to read them as they consider which venue they recommend to their affiliate representative before their final vote at the IPS Council Meeting in 2019.

russia-ips_about_lgbtq.pdf

usa-ips_about_lgbtq.pdf

If you have any additional concerns related to these letters, please contact your affiliate representative and the IPS Officers.

Sincerely,

Shawn Laatsch, IPS President


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