What a Safe Zone Is and Is Not

What IS Expected of a Safe Zone

  • Support, Information, and relevant referrals to individuals who approach you
  • Respect for an individuals need for privacy and confidentiality
  • Develop a more genuine and realistic professional relationship with LGBTQQIA students, faculty and staff, or friends and family of LGBTQQIA individuals
  • Gain a fuller picture of the lives and concerns of LGBTQQIA individuals
  • Make a personal contribution to improving our campus LGBTQQIA environmen
  • Provide honest feedback at the close of training to improve this program
  • Participate in periodic assessments regarding the effectiveness of this program

What IS NOT Expected of a Safe Zone:

  •   Being a counselor or expert regarding sexual orientation
  •   Create a psychological support group
  •   Know the answers to all questions regarding sexual orientation
  •   Be the ONLY contact for gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender community
  •   Participate in political activities involving LGBTQQIA issues
  •   Discussing personal biases, including but not limited to religious beliefs related to LGBTQQIA individuals

What is your role as a Safe Zone?

  • Don’t Assume! Be aware that the individual to whom you are talking could be either straight, gay or lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, or asexual.
  • Review your office’s publications. Suggest changes to remove non-inclusive language.
  • Avoid homophobic, biphobic, or transphobic remarks, jokes and statements. As you feel comfortable, confront these actions of hatred.
  • Create an atmosphere of acceptance in your surrounding environment through education. Share you experiences with others.
  • Provide informed referrals by learning about resources available to LGBTQQIA people in the UTC and Chattanooga community and share this information
  • Learn the developmental process of coming out that is unique to the LGBTQQIA experience
  • Join with LGBTQQIA persons to protect their civil rights and constitutional freedoms.