AACL 2020 Queer in AI Social

December 5, 6 pm HKT

[Alternative Website]

Queer in AI is throwing a virtual social at AACL 2020, with a special focus on Asia-Pacific region. People of all identities (including allies) are invited to attend. AACL registration is not required to attend the social.

How to Join

We are organizing a virtual 2 hour social on December 5 at 6 pm HKT (Hong Kong Time, GMT +8), which will be held on Zoom.

Time: 6 pm (China) / 9 pm (Melbourne) / 3.30 pm (India) / 7 pm (Japan) / 1 pm (Turkey) [Click on this link to convert into your timezone]

To join, sign in using this form. It's free to all participants. You can also fill the form anonymously.

The plenary session will be in English, but breakouts can be in the language of your choice.


Indicated timings are in HKT (Hong Kong Time) and you can click on the timings to get the conversions in your timezone. The indicated timings are approximate and we might run over some of them.

18.00 HKT: Introduction by Aditya Joshi

18.10 HKT: Probably Approximately Queer: Embracing uncertainty in my own queerness and in NLP - talk by Daniel Beck

18.25 HKT: Challenges of leading a double life in a conservative city in Asia - talk by Gwena Cunha

18.40 HKT: Why Japanese academic culture needs more inclusive measures? - talk by Diana Galván

18.55 HKT: Queeristan: LGBTQ+ Inclusion in Indian Workspace - talk by Parmesh Sahani

19.10 HKT: Queer activism and mentorship in Asia - panel discussion including Tanvi Anand, Solidarity Foundation India, Queer Straight Alliance and Fruits in Suits HK

19.30 HKT: Breakouts and socializing

Privacy and Safety

The information is only collected to send out the zoom links for the social. Only the organizers have access to this information. We will delete all the information once our social ends. Of course, please only provide information you would entrust to people from these groups. In addition, never entrust potentially vulnerable computer systems with information that could endanger you. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the process or don't want to entrust your personal information to a Google document, you can reach out to the Queer in AI organizers (Pranav A) directly via the webpage and mail address. Please note that we are also providing financial aid for VPN which you can get by filling up the financial aid form. We will share details on how to use VPN and Zoom in the registration confirmation email.

If you want to join anonymously, we will share the joining details on Queer in AI slack and mailing list. If you are trying to join and don't know how, please get in touch with us at queerinai@gmail.com.

Financial Aid

Queer in AI is offering financial aid for queer researchers to attend the virtual AACL 2020 conference. The funding includes financial aids for registration, internet connection, VPN and so on.

You can fill out our funding form here.

Call for Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers for Queer in AI socials. The volunteer positions include moderating, livetweeting, organizing dry runs and so on. The estimated time commitment is around 2-4 hours around the conference dates.

We also have other positions include conference-specific volunteers, workshop organizers, and some of our planned initiatives like Queer in Robotics.

Upon filling up this form you get to join Queer in AI's slack where you can meet our awesome team of volunteers and brainstorm with them in our fortnightly meetings.

Code of Conduct

Please read Queer in AI code of conduct which will be strictly followed in the social. Recording (screen recording or screenshots) is prohibited. All participants are expected to maintain the confidentiality of the members.

AACL 2020 adheres to the ACL Anti-Harassment Policy and Queer in AI adheres to Queer in AI Anti-harassment policy. Any participant who experiences harassment or hostile behaviour may contact any current member of the ACL Executive Committee or contact Queer in AI Safety Team. Please be assured that if you approach us, your concerns will be kept in strict confidence, and we will consult with you on any actions taken.

Speakers, Panelists and Moderators

(in the order of appearance)

Aditya Joshi (he/him) [Host]: Aditya Joshi is a gay man who grew up in India and who now lives in Australia. His research interests are sentiment analysis and health informatics. (Twitter: @aadi_joshi)

Daniel Beck (he/they) [Speaker]: Daniel is an extrovert who talks too much and spends too much time playing strategy games, which is probably the reason why he ended up becoming an academic. He draws his gay energy from watching and rewatching copious amounts of Eurovision. In the rare moments he manages to dodge his inner demons and avoid imposter's syndrome, he is a Lecturer at the University of Melbourne, working on whatever comes his way as long as it does not involve BERT it involves modelling of uncertainty in some way. (Twitter: @beckdaniel)

His talk will be about how his experiences living as a latino gay made him realise that standard queer theories do not apply to him, how he realised that is not a problem and how all of that connected to his vision for NLP.

Gwena Cunha (she/her) [Speaker]: Gwena Cunha is a Brazilian living in South Korea and doctoral student (soon-to-be-graduate!) studying incomplete sequential data classification and generation, most recently with a focus in NLP with noisy text. She's an international Ultimate Frisbee player who loves country hopping to toss a flat ball around with friends and a happily converted cat lady thanks to her cat-loving partner. (LinkedIn: gwenacunha)

In her talk, Gwena will share her experience being Queer in South Korea and the challenges of leading a double life in a conservative city in Asia.

Diana Galván (she/her) [Speaker]: Diana is a 3rd year NLP PhD student at Tohoku University, where she tries to teach computers common sense for machine reading comprehension. She is currently exploring visual text as a source for real-world knowledge acquisition. Her lifelong passion for karate has been eclipsed for the last few years by research, but she has not given up on her dream of representing Mexico one day. (Twitter: @devoidikk)

She will talk about how it has been to be pushed in the closet in Japan, a country that leads on education and technology, but is so behind when it comes to diversity and inclusion.

Parmesh Sahani (he/him) [Speaker]: Parmesh Shahani is Vice President at Godrej Industries Ltd. and the founder of the Godrej India Culture Lab. He is a passionate advocate for LGBTQ inclusion in corporate India. (Twitter: @parmeshs)

In this talk, Parmesh Shahani, the author of Queeristan will talk about why and how he has constructed his book like a Bollywood masala film, and the impact he hopes this will make on its wider audience.

Tanvi Anand (she/her) [Panel Moderator]: Tanvi is a fierce feminist and an LGBTQ+ ally. She works at an AI analytics company in India, while exploring the world of Computational Social Science. She looks forward to telling her grandkids how she graduated during a pandemic. (Twitter: @sinvuponcosv)

Solidarity Foundation India [Panelists]: They are a registered trust based in India supporting sex workers and gender/sexual minorities. The main communities that they partner with are non-English speaking sex workers and gender/sexual minorities who are at the frontlines of social change.

Queer Straight Alliance and Fruits in Suits Hong Kong [Panelists]: Queer Straight Alliance (QSA) is the largest queer student network in Hong Kong. Together with Fruits in Suits HK, over the past nine years, their mentorship program has facilitated the multi-dimensional development of over 500 student mentees through the guidance of professional mentors from an increasingly wide range of industries.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Do I have to identify as Queer to join? No, the event is also open to allies.

  2. Why there is a alternative website? Google sites isn't accessible in China, so we made an alt page which could be accessible.

  3. Do I have to keep my video and audio on? No. Feel free to turn it off and join anonymously.

  4. Who is handling the event? Queer in AI organizers are handling this event. AACL folks don't have access to the attendees list.

  5. Do I have to register for AACL? Not at all, you can join this event regardless of AACL registration. We don't think there should be a barrier of required paid registration on an event for underrepresented communities.

  6. How can I join anonymously? Join our mailing list or slack. We will share the details there.

If you have any concerns or suggestions on how to make this event safer, please contact queer-in-nlp@googlegroups.com.

Multilingual Summaries

Expand to view the information in multiple languages. Wanna add a translation? Email us at queer-in-nlp@googlegroups.com.

Hindi: "Queer in AI" यह AACL के दौरान आयोजित किया जानेवाला एक मंच है। इस मंच के एक वर्चुअल मिटप में queer व्यक्ति एवं उनके परिजन अपने अनुभवों को साझा करेंगे, अपने नेटवर्क बढ़ाएंगे एवं संशोधन में queer मुद्दों पर चर्चा करेंगे। यह "सोशल" मंच हम आशिया एवं प्रशांत प्रांत के विषयों पर केन्द्रित करेंगे जिन्हें पश्चिमी queer और AI माध्यमों में उचित अवसर प्राप्त नहीं हो पाता। इस सोशल में हमने mini-talk, प्रश्नोत्तर सत्र, queer कार्यकर्ताओं के साथ चर्चा सत्र और सहभागियों की आपस में चर्चा इस किस्म के कार्यक्रम आयोजित किए हैं। सहभागियों की सुरक्षा को ध्यान में रखते हुए इस मंच की सारी जानकारी गोपनीय होगी।लैंगिकता और लिंगभाव के सभी वर्गों का हम स्वागत करते हैं, जिसमें उनके प्रियजन (allies) भी शामिल हैं। इस मंच में रजिस्टर करने के लिए (लिंक) इस लिंक का उपयोग करें। इस मंच में भाग लेने के लिए bandwidth या vpn के लिए अगर आपको आर्थिक सहायता की आवश्यकता है तो (लिंक) इस लिंक पर अपना आवेदन भरें।

Japanese: Queer in AI(クィア・イン・AI)AACLソーシャルは、AIにおけるクィア(性的マイノリティ)アライが経験を共有し、他者とネットワークを築き、研究におけるクィアの問題を議論するイベントです。このソーシャルイベントは、AIや西洋クィアのコミュニティで決して言及されないアジア太平洋のクィア文化に焦点を当てます。今回のソーシャルイベントは、ミニトーク、Q&Aセッション、クィア活動家とのパネルディスカッション、交流のための小グループディスカッションを含みます。参加者のプライバシーと安全を尊重し、本イベントのいかなる情報も公開されません。アライを含む、ジェンダーアイデンティティを問わずご参加いただけます![こちらのURLより]無料でご登録ください。インターネット帯域幅の資金援助が必要の場合、[ここをクリックすると]VPN助成金を申請できます。

Chinese (Simplified): AI中的酷儿AACL社交活动(The Queer in AI AACL social)是面向酷儿同志与人工智能研究者的社交活动。参加者能够分享经验,建立联系,和讨论科研中所涉及到的酷儿问题。在人工智能以及西方酷儿群体中,亚太人群与文化的代表性迄今不足。因此,这次社交活动聚焦于亚太地区的酷儿文化。活动包含小型讲座,问答环节,酷儿活动家论坛,以及联网和讨论的机会。所有活动信息将会被保密,以尊重参与者们的隐私和安全。我们诚邀大家参加活动,包括LGBT同事和盟友。您可以在[此链接]免费注册,也可以在[此链接]申请带宽和VPN的补贴。

Chinese (Traditional): The Queer 是 AI AACL 的社交活動,旨在讓同志和 AI 盟友分享他們的經驗,與他人建立聯繫並討論正在研究的同志問題。 這種關注亞太地區的同志文化,在 AI 和西方同志空間中的代表性經常不足。 社交活動將包括小型對話,問答環節,與同志活動家進行小組討論以及針對社交的分組討論。 所有活動的信息將被保密,以尊重參與者的私隱和安全。 邀請包括盟友在內的所有人參加! 在[此連結]免費註冊,你也可以在[此連結]申請頻寬的經濟援助和 VPN 補貼。

Thai: Queer ในสังคม AI AACL คืออีเว้นท์สำหรับชาวเควียร์และพันธมิตรใน AI เพื่อแบ่งปันประสบการณ์ของพวกเขา เครือข่ายกับผู้อื่น และพูดคุยกันเกี่ยวกับปัญหาเควียร์ในการค้นคว้าวิจัย สังคมนี้มุ่งเน้นไปที่วัฒนธรรมเควียร์ในเอเชียแปซิฟิก ซึ่งถูกนำเสนอในพื้นที่เควียร์ AI และตะวันตกอย่างไม่เพียงพอ สังคมนี้จะเกี่ยวข้องกับการผสมผสานของการพูดคุยสั้น ๆ, ช่วง Q&A, การพูดคุยกับนักเคลื่อนไหวชาวเควียร์ และการฝ่าการสนทนาเพื่อการเข้าสังคม ข้อมูลทั้งหมดของอีเว้นท์จะยังคงเป็นความลับเพื่อเคารพในความเป็นส่วนตัวและความปลอดภัยของผู้เข้าร่วม บุคคลในทุกลักษณะรวมทั้งพันธมิตรสามารถเข้าร่วมได้ทุกท่าน ลงทะเบียนฟรีที่ [ลิงก์นี้] และคุณยังสามารถสมัครรับความช่วยเหลือด้านการเงินสำหรับเงินสนับสนุนการใช้แบนด์วิดธ์และ VPN ได้ที่ [ลิงก์นี้]

Korean: AI의 퀴어 AACL 사교 행사는 AI 업계의 퀴어 및 지지자들이 경험을 공유하고, 다른 사람들과 네트워크를 형성하며, 연구 과정에서의 퀴어 문제를 논의하는 행사입니다. 이 사교 행사는 일반적으로 AI 및 서구권 퀴어 공간에서 제대로 드러나지 않은 아시아 태평양 지역의 퀴어 문화에 중점을 둡니다. 이 사교 행사에는 미니 토크, 질문 및 답변의 시간, 퀴어 활동가와의 패널 토론 및 사교를 위한 소그룹 토론 등의 활동이 포함됩니다. 모든 행사 정보는 참가자의 개인 정보 보호 및 안전을 위해 기밀로 유지됩니다. 지지자를 포함한 모든 정체성의 사람들이 참석할 수 있습니다! [이 링크]에서 무료로 등록하고, 대역폭 및 VPN 보조금에 대한 재정 지원도 [이 링크]에서 신청하실 수 있습니다.

Vietnamese: Buổi giao lưu Đa Dạng Tính Dục Trong Ngành Trí Tuệ Nhân Tạo AACL là một sự kiện dành cho những người đa dạng tính dục và những đồng minh của họ hiện đang làm việc trong lĩnh vực trí tuệ nhân tạo, có thể chia sẻ kinh nghiệm, xây dựng mối quan hệ và luận bàn về các vấn đề đa dạng tính dục trong nghiên cứu. Buổi gặp gỡ này tập trung vào văn hoá đa dạng tính dục tại Châu Á Thái Bình Dương, vốn chưa có nhiều sự hiện diện trong ngành trí tuệ nhân tạo cũng như trong các không gian đồng tính phương Tây. Buổi giao lưu sẽ là sự kết hợp giữa các cuộc hội thoại nho nhỏ, các phiên hỏi đáp, một phiên đàm thoại cùng với chuyên gia và và các buổi trò chuyện phá cách để mọi người cùng giao lưu. Mọi thông tin sự kiện sẽ được giữ kín nhằm tôn trọng quyền riêng tư và sự an toàn của người tham gia. Chúng tôi xin được mời mọi người từ tất cả các bản dạng giới, bao gồm cả các người ủng hộ đa dạng tính dục cùng tới tham dự! Đăng ký miễn phí tại [liên kết này], ngoài ra bạn còn có thể đăng ký nhận hỗ trợ tài chính cho băng thông và trợ cấp cho VPN tại [liên kết này].

Portuguese (Brazilian): O encontro Queer em IA AACL é um evento para pessoas queer e aliadas em IA para compartilhar suas experiências, conhecer outras pessoas e discutir questões queer na pesquisa. Esse encontro foca na cultura queer na Ásia-Pacífico, que geralmente, tem sido sub-representada em IA e nos espaços queer ocidentais. O encontro terá uma mistura de mini palestras, sessões de perguntas e respostas, um painel de discussão com ativistas queer e discussões para socialização. Todas as informações do evento permanecerão confidenciais para respeitar a privacidade e segurança dos participantes. Pessoas de todas as identidades, incluindo aliadas, estão convidadas a participar! Registre-se gratuitamente em [this link] e você também pode solicitar ajuda financeira para subsídio em banda larga e VPN em [this link].

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