Restroom guidelines for Attendees: NEVER IN GROUPS! NEVER, NEVER, EVER! THIS WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED! If you should walk into a restroom and happen to find a group of our people inside, DO NOT JOIN THEM! LEAVE IMMEDIATELY and find other facilities. Do not make a risky situation worse! Please do not offer to escort a new or unsure attendee into a ladies room. Conversely, do not ask another to escort you into a ladies room. Use of a public ladies room is a HIGH RISK ACTIVITY under the best of circumstances. The DLV organizers and volunteers do not have the authority to permit you to enter any private property that is not under their control. Translated: Using a public restroom is at your own risk, totally. . . . What is a restroom for? A public restroom should be used for one thing, and one thing only, that is to take care of necessary bodily functions! It should not be thought of: * As a status symbol (being seen entering or exiting a public ladies room). * A rite of passage (first time using a public ladies room). * A place to socialize. * An environment in which you can confrontively assert your right to be there (Yeah, I'm a tranny, you got a problem with that?). . . . . . The DLV organisers strongly suggests the following guidelines for attendees: (Please note that this is considered advisory only, and no authorization for use of any restroom is given nor implied.) * Use the rest room of the gender you are presenting. If you are dressed as a woman: * Use the womens rest room subject to the guidelines and warnings provided, if you are comfortable doing so. If you are dressed as a man: * Use the mens rest room. * Unless it is closed off or segregated DO NOT use the mens room if dressed as a woman. This has the potential to invite considerable abuse. * When using a womens restrooms use the following guidelines: * Enter with casual confidence and avoid direct eye or other contact with anyone in the restroom * Always SIT, NEVER stand, when urinating. Feet facing the stall door. (REAL women don't stand to Pee!) * Go in, do your business, wash your hands and leave as quickly but without noticeable haste. * DO NOT LINGER OR LOITER. Use the mirror, if necessary, to check yourself and touch up, but do it quickly and get out. * Being passable makes a difference in using womens restrooms. Be aware that if you are not passable then: * You are MUCH more likely to have an issue * You may invite abuse or attention * Reduce the amount of time you are in common areas of the rest room as much as practically possible. * If you do use a public restroom then you should be as discreet and innocuous as possible. * Do not attempt to fix or apply makeup * Avoid speaking in the restrooms unless your voice is totally passable. Use head gestures if you need to communicate. * AVOID GOING IN GROUPS. * Avoid confrontation by exiting as quickly as possible if you are approached. * Never change clothes in a restroom, either in or out of a stall * Avoid restrooms attached to changing areas * If you have to make any boob or private part adjustments, make them in the privacy of your stall, not in the common areas * Avoid restrooms that are: * Busy * Have long lines * Have young girls or young women in them * Have obvious attendants or security * Use restrooms that are: * Less utilised or in discreet locations * Labelled as Unisex or Family style (lockable and intended for only one social unit at a time) * Do not attempt to use a restroom that you have personally been warned against using by a security guard or other member of the venue staff. This may result in a trespass situation. If you can't follow the guidelines you should be aware that you are MUCH MORE likely to not only cause problems for yourself but also others from DLV. If you feel uncomfortable using public womens restrooms plan to avoid them by: * Whenever possible, try to plan ahead and use your own hotel room rest room. * Making alternative arrangements * Using the restrooms at safe locations or at your hotel room * Drinking less * Use uni-sex rest rooms for a lesser possibility of confrontations If you are part of an obvious group of DLV attendees and you need to use facilities, do NOT seek out the nearest ladies room, but get away from the group, several hundred feet at least, and find other facilities. . . . . . Common restroom situations to be aware of: Confrontation in restrooms If you should be confronted by management or another customer: Don't push things! Be a lady, quickly and briefly apologize and GET OUT! Don't explain anything. The less said, the better. Find other facilities. Lines in restrooms Sometimes you may encounter a line in a public ladies room. This sometimes happens in the restrooms in the vicinity of a showroom just after a show has concluded, but it may happen anywhere that the demand (for stalls) exceeds the supply of them. If there is a line: * The correct etiquette is to join the line at the rear and to quietly wait until it is your turn to proceed to the next open stall. * If you are uneasy doing this, simply turn around, exit, and look for other facilities. In a restroom with a long line, you will most certainly see others doing this as well. Restroom attendants: Occasionally you may run into a public ladies room in which there is an attendant. This used to be far more common, but some of these people still exist today. If there is an attendant: * They are there to assist patrons with various things, and yes, they do earn a considerable portion of their income from tips. They will usually have quite a stash of supplies of various types. Sometimes their duties include clean-up and housekeeping of the ladies room. * Unless your mannerisms and voice are 100% passable, avoid interacting with these attendants. * Every so often you may run into at attendant who is helpful to the point of being pushy. If she asks you if you need anything, simply shake your head no. Occasionally, sometimes they will do such things as hand you a towel without being asked. (Some of them *DO* expect a tip for things like this.) If this happens, simply smile and take the towel. It's up to you if you wish to tip. * In this day and age, however, most attendants will not approach you unless you indicate you need something. * If an attendant does perform some kind of a service for you, such as finding you a safety pin, yes, a tip may be appropriate. . . . . . Restroom Issues If you do have a bad or uncomfortable encounter in a restroom you should inform one of the DLV organising team as soon as possible. If one is present at the activity the sooner we are aware of the problem the earlier we can avoid it escalating. If management or security should approach you ... There is a chance that an employee of a venue may approach you and request that you "pass the word" regarding the use of restrooms. If this should happen, be courteous and cooperative, but DO NOT COMMIT TO ANYTHING ON BEHALF OF THE GROUP. Please promptly inform the DLV organizers should this happen to you.