If you have never used Zoom before, take a deep breath, it will all be okay.

Some events allow for everybody’s participation, just like an in-person workshop, class or support group would. Others are more like a presentation, just like a play, author reading at a bookstore, or cabaret, where the only people who can speak are those on stage.

Zoom meeting interface
Zoom webinar interface

Meetings (Everybody can participate, share or chat, if they choose.). These Festival events are meetings: Bring a Bi+ Object, Bi+ Crafternoon, Showgirls Bingo, and Queer Love-In

Click on the link that was emailed to you at registration. 

You will first enter our waiting room, where you can hang out until the hosts let you into the main room.

Your video is “off” (which means you are not accidentally showing your face to the room until YOU decide you are ready) and you can turn your camera on if you like once you are in the room. To do this click  the “Start Video” button on the menu.

You can change your name to a nickname and pronouns are always helpful and welcomed. To change your name click on the three dots on the top right corner of the “box” or image that has your name.

You will also be on mute by default; if you want to speak please raise your hand (the little icon) or post in chat.

Most events have active listeners present, we will introduce them from time to time and share with you how best to reach them if you would like a supportive chat on anything that comes up for you during the event.

We have a zero-tolerance policy for harassment, and for hate speech. Be kind to each other. 

There will be time after the event for socializing and chit chat, and at that time we will unmute “all.” 

If you want to learn more about using ZOOM platform, watch this great introduction video on YouTube.

If you are looking for support – we have a list of resources on our website at http://biartsfestival.com/resources/

Webinars (You are in the audience and only panelists and performers will be on video and can speak). These Festival events are Webinars: Open Studio (Meet the Artists), Coming Out Stories, Author Showcase, Bisexual+ and Racialized, and Bi+ Burlesque.

Click on the link that was emailed to you at registration.

You will enter the room as an audience member, without broadcasting your video or sound to the room.

For most events, you will be watching a presentation with the opportunity to ask questions or participate at a time designated by the host.

Feel free to comment in the chat window or “Raise Your Hand” if you would like to talk.

At the Open Studio or Coming Out events, for instance, if you want to share — and appear on camera — you will be “invited” up to the stage. This is kind of like being invited to take the mic.

We have a zero-tolerance policy for harassment, and for hate speech. Be kind to each other. 

Most events have active listeners present, we will introduce them from time to time and share with you how best to reach them if you would like a supportive chat on anything that comes up for you during the event.

If you are looking for support – we have a list of resources on our website at http://biartsfestival.com/resources/