Gender Free Calling Guide

This document outlines some guidelines around gender free calling, proposed by IVFDF 2019. If you are calling gender free at this event, we very much appreciate you choosing to do so!

Where you find the words "do" and "do not", we ask you to follow those guidelines to the best of your ability, but we do not expect you to be perfect! Everywhere else, we offer some suggestions to make gender free calling work for everybody (including attendees and callers who are not used to gender free calling), but we trust your judgement in making the right call (see what we did there?) for your dance or workshop.

Further reading:
Gender Free Calling considerations http://barndancecaller.net/GenderFreeCalling.html
Which terms to use for roles? http://contradances.tumblr.com/post/113203981035/genderfree-contra-dance-term-faq
Thoughts about calling with positions rather than roles http://barndancecaller.net/PositionalCalling.html
Why calling gender free is important ttp://inclusion.folkdancing.co.uk/joe-gender-neutral/
Some thoughts about inclusivity in terms of address http://inclusion.folkdancing.co.uk/inclusive-terms-of-address/
Considerations specific to the Boston ECD community https://www.lcfd.org/gf-ecd-calling-conventions.html