Thank you to everyone who was part of 'Unpacking Femme' - each person who presented, and all who participated and contributed - femmes, and those who stand alongside.
Sydney Femme Guild needs to take immediate steps to change how we organise and what we organise about.
In particular, we must confront and stop actions (or inaction) that contribute to, or collude with, cultural appropriation and racism, and perpetuate hurt, exclusion and divisiveness.
We are sorry that we have been complicit in maintaining power structures and messages that exclude Femmes of Colour, and that this caused deep distress at the conference today.
We will act on this as a priority. The Femme Guild logo has been taken down, and there will be more information to follow.
We are part of a wider queer community and will seek to work in connection with others, and to actively call on others to join us in this work. This will be an open process, and a long-term commitment.
From the Sydney Femme Guild Conference Organising Group.