What is a Safe Zone?
A visible network of support for
The Safe Zone Program provides the tools for creating safe spaces for LGBT people. Something as simple as a rainbow colored sticker is sometimes enough for an LGBT person to feel welcome in a classroom, in the workplace, or at an appointment. Showing support up---front provides relief and opens up the possibility for positive exchange of conversation.
Creating Safe Spaces for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender People
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Carrie Jo Diamond
Certified Safe Zone Trainer & Program Developer
The Safe Zone program intends to nurture Allies of all different backgrounds, attitudes & beliefs. We “assume goodwill” for all trainees. We don’t expect Allies to be perfect, we only insist that they try.
About the Safe Zone program
The program has 2 primary components:
• A comprehensive 6-8 hour training on LGBTQ+ identities & issues.
• After the training, certified Safe Zone members are given a sticker that they can display on their office door, laptop, water bottle, etc.
Through discussion & activities we explore:
• Ally Self-Assessment
• LGBTQ+ Identity Formation
• Authentic Gender Model
• Spectrums of Gender & Sexuality
• Coming Out Process
• Intersectionality & Microaggressions
Who should attend a Safe Zone training?
What is an Ally?
An Ally is someone who shows support for the LGBTQ+ community.
How to be an Ally:
•Be a respectful listener
•Provide a safe, friendly, non-judgmental space
•Refer individuals to resources as necessary
The Safe Zone program was started through the Shasta College Center for Community Engagement by a group of service learning students who saw the need to improve campus climate for LGBTQ+ students, as well for LGBTQ+ faculty, staff, & administration.
The project was started in the fall of 2012 & with the help of volunteer trainers, will continue to evolve indefinitely. We have trained over 40 Allies since the first training in December 2013.
In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
~Martin Luther King Jr.
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P.O. Box 494761 Redding, CA 96049