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.