Safety + Policies

The Genesis Whistleblower & Anti-Retaliation Policy can be found in the Genesis Policy Manual – a standalone printable version can be downloaded here. This policy allows for a confidential and secure channel with which to report “complaints, reports, or inquiries about prohibited practice or violations of law including illegal or improper conduct by Genesis itself, by its leadership, or by others on its behalf.

If you have a complaint, report, or inquiry to submit please use the form below or email us at admin@genesisdbc.org. All submissions will be securely delivered only to the Genesis Chief Executive Officer (Executive Director) Chris Magonigal, and the Chief Operations Officer (Analisa Zuniga). If you would rather, you can also reach out directly to the Genesis Board of Directors at board@genesisdbc.org.

Genesis Drum & Bugle Corps (DBC) holds a deep-seated philosophy of Education Through Performance. Our mission is to provide life enriching experiences to our youth through the medium of the marching arts. At Genesis DBC, our mission is to promote and protect opportunity for all members. Our organization is stronger when we embrace diversity and ensure respectful inclusion. Genesis DBC does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, height, weight, physical or mental ability (including HIV status), veteran status, military obligations, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by law. This policy applies to hiring, corps membership, training, and terminations and applies to all Genesis DBC employees, volunteers, members, and contractors.

Regarding Complaints of Misconduct and How to File a Grievance:

Any person who feels they have been harassed, discriminated against, or otherwise treated negatively because of their race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or other characteristics, should file a complaint with members of the administrative team or directly to the board of directors at board@genesisdbc.org.

 

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Non-Discrimination

Genesis DBC is committed to recognize, honor, and provide a supportive environment for the LGBTQ+ community and corps members. Genesis DBC recognizes that the LGBTQ+ community is made up of many subpopulations and is not a monolith. As defined by the Human Rights Campaign (Glossary of Terms), below is a list of common identifications and definitions of members of the LGBTQ+ community. This list is not exhaustive.

 

Lesbian: A woman who is emotionally, romantically or sexually attracted to other women. Women and non-binary people may use this term to describe themselves.

Gay: A person who is emotionally, romantically or sexually attracted to members of the same gender. Men, women and non-binary people may use this term to describe themselves.

Bisexual: A person emotionally, romantically or sexually attracted to more than one sex, gender or gender identity though not necessarily simultaneously, in the same way or to the same degree. Sometimes used interchangeably with pansexual.

Transgender: An umbrella term for people whose gender identity and/or expression is different from cultural expectations based on the sex they were assigned at birth. Being transgender does not imply any specific sexual orientation. Therefore, transgender people may identify as straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, etc.

Queer: A term people often use to express a spectrum of identities and orientations that are counter to the mainstream. Queer is often used as a catch-all to include many people, including those who do not identify as exclusively straight and/or folks who have non-binary or gender-expansive identities. This term was previously used as a slur, but has been reclaimed by many parts of the LGBTQ movement.

Intersex: Intersex people are born with a variety of differences in their sex traits and reproductive anatomy. There is a wide variety of difference among intersex variations, including differences in genitalia, chromosomes, gonads, internal sex organs, hormone production, hormone response, and/or secondary sex traits.

Asexual: The lack of a sexual attraction or desire for other people.

Citations

“Glossary of Terms.” HRC, www.hrc.org/resources/glossary-of-terms.

Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Policy

Genesis DBC also recognizes that some individuals might not wish to share this information with others involved in the organization and is equally dedicated to respecting the confidentiality of those persons. Employees, volunteers, and other individuals involved in the operation of Genesis DBC will never reveal sensitive information about an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity without that person’s consent. Those in violation of this policy will be subject to disciplinary action.

 

Best Practices And Implementation Guidelines

Transgender names and pronoun usage

Genesis DBC is committed to promoting an inclusive environment and expects that all corps members will refer to a transgender member by their chosen name as well as by their chosen pronouns. 

Sleeping arrangements

Traditionally, sleeping areas are separated by sex assignment at birth. Genesis DBC will continue to organize sleeping arrangements in this way while also taking into consideration individuals who identify as gender non-binary or as a different gender as to their sex assigned at birth. Corps members are asked to speak to and notify administrative staff to vocalize any needs or concerns regarding sleeping arrangements. In addition, Genesis DBC will communicate with such members at the onset of the season or their contract signing in order to ensure the collaboration and comfort of the respective corps members. 

Use of showers and restrooms

As with sleeping arrangements, the assignment of dedicated showers and restrooms are separated by sex assignment at birth. Private accommodations can be arranged with LGBTQ+ corps members under special circumstances and following communication with respective corps members.

Allowing individuals to vocalize what best suits their needs

The previously stated items serve as an organizational framework but Genesis DBC promotes that individual needs be considered and met. This often begins with conversations and empowering individuals to vocalize what it is that they need. Examples can include a separate shower time or sleeping on a specific side of the gym. Genesis DBC believes in the power of communication and treating all people with respect.

 

Internal Corps Assessment and Competency Training

As a corps, Genesis DBC is dedicated to the perceived well being of all members. Genesis DBC is dedicated to provide continuous educational training to corps staff, board members, volunteers, and members of the leadership team. Genesis DBC is committed to measure progress and set accountability measures related to perceived corps functioning and discrimination/harassment. Such methods include anonymous surveying and tracking results of general corps functioning.