How do I join online meetings?
We usually host our online meetings on Google Meet. You can join a meeting by clicking on our meeting link which will open Google Meet in your browser, by putting the meeting code (the string of letters at the end of the meeting link) into Google Meet for Android/iOS, or dialing in from a mobile or landline phone with the phone number for your country and entering the PIN code.
To make meetings more secure, we only post meeting links and phone numbers in our newsletters, which go out via email - you can subscribe to these here. On occasion, we may also require you to sign up for a meeting or event - in which case, we'll include a form in the newsletters (and sometimes on the website or our social media channels), and we'll email everyone who signed up for the meeting on the day with the meeting links and phone numbers.
What happens when I join?
When you click the link or dial in, you'll be taken to the waiting room until you're let into the meeting by one of our facilitators.
We know video calls can be daunting or awkward for some; you do not have to turn on your camera or microphone if you don't want to, and don't feel pressured to speak. You can still just listen if you're on the phone, and you can participate by typing in the chat on a computer if you prefer - you can do this by clicking the speech bubble at the top right of the meeting screen.
You can access live captions by clicking on 'Turn on captions' in the bottom right of the screen if you need to. You can also change the language of the captions by clicking the three dots at the bottom right of the screen, choosing 'Captions' then choosing your language and hitting 'Apply'.
We'll usually start with introducing everyone with names and pronouns, go over a few ground rules for the meeting, and then begin with the main program of the meeting.
In order for our meetings to go smoothly so everyone has a comfortable and enjoyable experience, we would politely ask you to follow some etiquette. If your behaviour continually disrupts the meeting we may remind you of this, and further disruptions could result in you being asked to leave or removed from the meeting.
Our meetings are intended to be a private and confidential space for trans men and transmasculine people. Other people in the background could cause a distraction or make other attendees feel uncomfortable, so if possible, please make sure that you are alone when participating, or at the least that no one disturbs you during the meeting.
Make sure that you and other people currently in your place are dressed appropriately before joining meetings (i.e. not half-naked, etc.)
Switch your microphone off if you aren’t speaking – this helps reduce background noise.
Make sure background noise is kept to a minimum when your microphone is switched on. Wearing headphones or earphones can help with this - if you want to speak at a meeting, also check that these have a microphone.
Try not to interrupt others, and don’t speak over them – if someone was about to speak at the same time, let them speak first. If you repeatedly interrupt or talk over others, we may mute you.
No screen sharing unless given permission.
No sharing content (i.e. images, video, audio, text) that:
Anyone sharing the above may be removed immediately to protect other meeting attendants.
Do not post links in the chat unless we are given notice about what the link is – this is to prevent people posting malicious links.
Do not make audio or video recordings of meetings unless given permission by all attendants.
We hope you enjoy coming to our online meetings, and we may continue to do these in the future after we resume our physical meetings.
FTM London is intended to be a safe space for AFAB trans men, FTMs and transmasculine non-binary people, and those questioning whether they are. We ask that researchers and journalists do not attend, except in pre-arranged circumstances. Similar restrictions are in place for photography. video and audio recording.
For insurance reasons, FTML is a 18+ space only