Wharf Chambers has become a home for many trans and non binary people in and around Leeds. As members and visitors to the bar, it is your duty to uphold the safer spaces agreement which includes respecting trans people in the building, whether they are behind the bar, performing or just socialising in the space. This is a pretty comprehensive guide on how to be a good ally, as told by trans people themselves.
Although Wharf Chambers is not a gay bar, it is a space used by a lot of queer and trans people. Allies and others need to be aware of their behaviour in the space especially on the incredibly popular queer club nights, when Wharf becomes a explicitly queer space. If you are planning on being in the bar on nights like this, you need to be aware of how you may make others feel. This link addresses issues that arise when large amounts of straight, cis-gender people attend these kind of events.
Despite being an anti-capitalist space, Wharf Chambers as a white majority membership inevitably replicates white supremacy. Racism happens here despite the member’s and co op’s radical politics- there are ways racism happens which are particular to Wharf and which we explore in more depth here.
The link below is a long read, but it’s a really comprehensive book about how the white left ignores and is complicit in racism.
As well as reading into how people of colour are often marginalised within radical movements, it is also important to be aware of what we can do to advocate for less privileged people day to day.
Part of our Safer Spaces Agreement protects against ableism in the bar, including the use of ableist language. Although often this can be unintentional, it is as unacceptable as racist, homophobic and misogynistic slurs. Ableist language is harder to identify, but nonetheless can be upsetting. This link should help identify such language and give easy alternatives.