SafeZone is a training program open to ALL students, staff, faculty, and community members. The goal of this program is to raise awareness about the dynamics of gender and sexual orientation while exploring different ways to embody inclusive allyship for people of all orientations, genders, sexualities, identities, and levels of being out. 

As part of an increased effort to focus on issues specific to certain categories of LGBTQA+ people, we now have a range of new "SafeZone 201s" available for anyone to attend. Check out the descriptions for all the SafeZone offerings below.

In addition to our current SafeZone curricula, the center is happy to explore specific or tailored presentations on LGBTQ identities for particular groups and communities (such as medical / healthcare community, mental health groups, teachers/educators, religious communities, etc).­ To learn more contact

SafeZones are scheduled throughout the semester and are also available by request, contact the LGBT Center to learn more.  



  • Saturday, October 18:  LGBT 101 ... 9:30am-12:30pm ... Athens Public Library 

  • Monday, November 24: LGBT 101 ... 1pm-4pm ... Baker 235

  • Tuesday, November 25: Train the Trainer ... 10am-12pm ... Baker 235 (for individuals who would like to become facilitators for SafeZone)

***SafeZone participants must register at least 24 hours in advance.­ To register email (include your name, date, and specific questions).


SafeZone Descriptions

LGBT  101 ~ Our original SafeZone that is most often requested. We cover basics of LGBT identities, the difference between sex, gender, and sexuality orientation, and ways to be a good ally (starting September 1, 2014, LGBT 101 will be 3 hours in response to feedback requesting more time for discussion).

Trans* & Gender Variant  Identities ~ In this workshop you will learn a brief history of the trans* movement in the United States, uncover personal biases, and learn how to be an ally to trans and gender variant people (3 hours).

Bisexual & Pansexual Identities ~ In this workshop you will learn a brief history of the bi and pansexual movement in the United States, uncover personal biases, and learn how to be an ally to bisexual and pansexual people (2 hours).

Religion and Sexuality ~This workshop will help participants better understand the intersections of faith/religion, sexuality, and gender by discussing how religious communities engage (or don't engage) gender and orientation. Also, participants will explore how communities of faith can serve as allies to the LGBT and queer communities. The workshop offers a starting point for the deeper engagement of the complex yet rich dynamics of intersecting faith and sexuality (2 hours).

Allyship and Suicide Awareness ~ A presentation looking at mental health challenges experienced by LGBT individuals and how clinical work can be inclusive of LGBT identities (2 hours).

SafeZone for Healthcare Professionals ~ Our LGBT 101 SafeZone adapted for healthcare and medical settings (2-3 hours). 

Relational Violence and LGBTQ Community ~ A presentation that raises awareness about the unique needs of victims and survivors of sexual and domestic violence (2 hours).



Being Developed:

  • Polyamorous & Non-Monogamous Relationships: Myths & Realities
  • Intersecting Identities: Race, Sexuality, and Gender Identity
  • International Community and LGBT Identities 
  • Asexuality and A-Romanticism