Hey, we're the Oddizens, the oddest denizens of the Bay Area since November 2015! Our concept was born out of a desire for a fun, socially conscious, gender diverse group of female & nonbinary geeks on Meetup. Currently, most of our events are located in South Bay, with a few in East Bay (Fremont) as well.
Our Mission: We are a group of cisgender women, transgender women and nonbinary individuals who meet regularly for gaming, crafting and other geek-friendly activities. We provide an accepting and compassionate space for female and nonbinary geeks to express their identities and interests in solidarity.
Our Values: These 5 concepts guide the types of events we offer and the principles we strive to uphold. - Solidarity: in recognizing and celebrating our differences. - Enthusiasm: for our favorite hobbies and activities. - Creativity: as a means for relaxation and self-expression. - Compassion: for those different than ourselves; for those going through difficult circumstances. - Advocacy: by providing events for women & nonbinary people in male-dominated pursuits.
Our Events: Current and planned events include board gaming, tabletop roleplaying, storytelling workshops, crafting hangouts, budget brunches, discussions on female & queer representation in media, and Magic: the Gathering (with South Bay Lady Planeswalkers for Diversity). Some of our events are open to non-Oddizens, which can include people of all genders. These events will always be marked clearly as such in their description.
Our Principles:We hold these statements to be true at all times, and strive to uphold these truths by word and example. We reserve the right to remove from our events those who prove unwilling to honor our principles. - Gender is is neither inherently nor solely connected to one’s physical anatomy, and is ultimately self-determined. - The gender binary system (in which one can only be male or female, not both, neither, or somewhere in between) is insufficient to describe the broad spectrum of genders people can be. - We acknowledge and validate a person's gender by using the correct terms and pronouns associated with that gender. (It is appropriate to ask which terms or pronouns to use if uncertain.) - Love between people, and sex between consenting adults, are acceptable whether those involved are of the same gender or of different genders. - It is inappropriate to ask others to “prove” their gender, ethnicity, faith, sexual orientation or any other personal trait, or to ask pressing, invasive questions in order to obtain that “proof”. - Each individual has the right to assert what personal traits they are comfortable sharing, what interactions they are comfortable with having, and what labels they are comfortable identifying with. - Whenever possible, genuine mistakes or misunderstandings regarding one's personal traits, labels, pronouns, etc. will be met with straightforward correction and, if requested, resources for self-learning. - We respond swiftly to allegations of hate speech, harassment and abuse. These will be investigated seriously, and the physical and emotional well-being of members will factor strongly in our response. - We are a socially progressive group, and may host events supporting causes in that vein, but individuals will not be forced to participate.