[OpenStack Foundation] [Foundation Board] OIF bylaws text changes for gender neutrality

Tim Bell tim.bell at cern.ch
Wed Oct 27 18:29:55 UTC 2021

Could we have a generic page which all the various references could post to which, initially, would contain Jonathan/Alison ?

This would save having to update all the documents each time there is a change.

Initial contents could be 

"If you believe that the OpenInfra Code of Conduct is being violated, you are being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the Foundation staff immediately via phone or email.
The Foundation staff (“Staff”) who manage these issues have the following contact information:

Jonathan Bryce, jonathan at openinfra.dev <mailto:jonathan at openinfra.dev>, cell # +1-210-317-2438
Allison Price, allison at openinfra.dev <mailto:allison at openinfra.dev>, cell # +1-214-686-6821”

> On 27 Oct 2021, at 20:26, Allison Randal <allison at lohutok.net> wrote:
> The code of conduct contact actually has already been updated on the
> website version of the bylaws:
> https://openinfra.dev/legal/code-of-conduct
> It just didn't make it into the LibreOffice/Word format document. I ran
> 'wdiff' on the main bylaws text to catch any inconsistencies (and found,
> for example, that the website version didn't apply the bylaws changes
> for Vice Chairs late last year), but I didn't run it on the appendices,
> so I'll make sure to do that before we get to the board vote.
> On 10/27/21 1:47 PM, Robert Cathey wrote:
>> Wow. Good catch. Guess it's awesome we've not had any since 2019. :-)
>> On Wed, Oct 27, 2021 at 1:39 PM Mohammed Naser <mnaser at vexxhost.com
>> <mailto:mnaser at vexxhost.com>> wrote:
>>    Hi:
>>    It looks good, but as I was going through it, I noticed that it still
>>    listed Lauren Sell as a foundation contact for code of conduct
>>    reports.  Perhaps we can slip in a replacement at the same time?
>>    Thanks,
>>    MOhammed
>>    On Wed, Oct 27, 2021 at 1:32 PM Sean McGinnis
>>    <sean.mcginnis at gmail.com <mailto:sean.mcginnis at gmail.com>> wrote:
>>> Thank you Allison, this looks great. Glad to see this moving forward.
>>> Sean
>>> On Wed, Oct 27, 2021 at 12:16 PM Allison Randal
>>    <allison at lohutok.net <mailto:allison at lohutok.net>> wrote:
>>>> Hi all,
>>>> In the March OIF board meeting, the Diversity & Inclusion working
>>    group
>>>> proposed some minor changes to the bylaws to use more gender-neutral
>>>> language. We've completed legal review on the changes, so we're ready
>>>> for broader community review and feedback now, and then will plan for
>>>> the OIF board to vote on the changes in the next board meeting in
>>    December.
>>>> I've attached a PDF with a redline markup of the changes, all
>>    comments
>>>> are welcome. The changes are relatively simple:
>>>> a) "Chairman" changes to "Chair" throughout the document.
>>>> b) Consistently uses they/their as the gender-neutral 3rd person
>>>> singular pronoun. This replaces all instances of he/his, and all
>>    cases
>>>> where we previously had incomplete gender neutrality with "his or
>>    hers",
>>>> "he or she", and other variations that explicitly listed two genders.
>>>> While this use of they/their as 3rd person singular isn't
>>    universal, it
>>>> is very common in modern usage. And, the bylaws already have an
>>    explicit
>>>> statement that any pronouns should be read as singular/plural as
>>    needed:
>>>> "6.7 _Pronouns._ All pronouns used in these Bylaws shall be deemed to
>>>> refer to the masculine, feminine or neuter, singular or plural,
>>    as the
>>>> identity of the person or persons may require."
>>>> The updates change a few words in protected sections of the
>>    bylaws, so
>>>> after the board vote, we'll need independent votes from the OpenStack
>>>> Technical Committee and Platinum Members, and will include these
>>    changes
>>>> in the annual Gold Member and Individual Member votes (for Gold and
>>>> Individual Directors). So, it'll probably be mid- to late-January
>>    before
>>>> the changes are fully reviewed and approved.
>>>> Thanks,
>>>> Allison
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