ETHICAL STANDS

Sometimes when we meet online it’s tricky to know where people stand. Misunderstandings occur when people make assumptions about each other. I’ll make it easier for us to get along by letting you know where I stand.

 

I stand for acting from care and compassion.

 

I’m here to express myself, have fun, tell stories, and to encourage you to do the same. 

I’m a human being. Please accept that as a condition of humanness I am imperfect. I stand for recognizing my mistakes, working towards repair as needed, and continuous learning.

Before I teach or do a talk or interview I remind myself of what Deepak Chopra says: “I’m beneath no one. No one is beneath me.”

 

Gender is a construct. As Rupaul says, “we’re all born naked, and the rest is drag.” I stand for women and equality, and recognize the beautiful humanity of non-binary and trans people. I stand against all forms of gender discrimination and bias.

 

I stand for the dismantling of structural racism and as part of that process I agree with Ibram X, Kendi, that “to be antiracist is to admit when we’re being racist.” Black Lives Matter. My Asian, Latinx and POC family and friends should not be targets of vitriol. Let’s work together to solve our problems. Let's look at each other with positive regard.

 

Indigenous people have much to teach us. I stand for listening to and respecting Indigenous elders, rights (including land rights) and voices. Colonialism is harsh. I’m a settler from an immigrant family whose ancestors fled tyranny and famine, but they should have considered what they were doing when they occupied land. I acknowledge I work on the unceded territories of the Musqueum, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

 

Our planet is in trouble because we treat it horribly. I stand for action on climate change and protection of forests, natural enclaves and animals.

 

I am an adoptee and I stand for amplifying adoptee voices, which too often go unheard. I stand for funding and support to keep families together when possible. I stand against adoption systems that commodify children.

 

I stand for revisiting and revising these stands annually as my understanding deepens.