“Midwifery Today’s 2020 conference, titled ‘Sharing Birth Culture,’ chose to book a venue with an explicit policy banning LGBTQ people and speakers.
From the venue’s policy guidelines:
“Policies: All guest groups shall honor Biblical standards of conduct. This includes, but is not limited to refraining from the use of illegal drugs, alcohol, firearms, explosives, profanity, secular music and videos, and immodest clothing, and refraining from practicing or condoning sexual activity outside of the relationship of marriage between a man and woman.”
Because Midwifery Today chose this location with this discriminatory policy, LGBTQ speakers are not allowed to participate in the conference. Moreso, choosing a venue with these policies send a clear message to LGBTQ midwives that we are not welcomed at Midwifery Today’s conference and that our voices do not matter (not to mention any midwife that has have had sex outside of heterosexual marriage or midwifed for parents that weren’t legally married, who also may be in violation of the venue’s morality clause).”