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SafeZone and Presentations

About SafeZone

SafeZone is a by-request 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 diversities while also exploring different ways to embody inclusive allyship for people of all orientations, genders, sexualities, identities, and levels of being out.

In addition to our LGBT 101 SafeZone curricula, the LGBT Center also create tailored presentations and trainings on LGBTQ+ identities for particular courses, groups, and communities (such as medical and healthcare community, mental health groups, teachers/educators, etc).­

While two hours is an ideal timeframe for a SafeZone workshop, we can adjust our trainings to meet individual needs and constraints. We are committed to educating in whatever way is most accessible to folks as well as sparking interest to explore and learn about the complex and ever-expanding conversations on sexual and gender diversities.  


Requesting a SafeZone or Guest Lecture / Presentation

To schedule a presentation, email lgbt@ohio.edu.


SafeZone Descriptions

  • LGBT 101: We cover the basics of LGBT identities by exploring the differences between sex, gender, and sexual orientation. Participants will engage and discuss ways to be a good ally and accomplice to individuals on and off campus.  We are happy to adapt this training to meet the needs of different groups.   Examples include: 
    • Healthcare Professionals
    • Mental Health Professionals
    • Higher Education 
    • K-12
    • Athletics and Campus Recreation
  • Bisexual & Pansexual Identities:  This workshop explores the history of bi and pansexual identities and movements in the United States, uncovers personal biases towards middle sexualities, and teaches different ways to embody solidarity with bi and pan communities.
  • Trans & Gender Variant Identities:  This workshop will help participants better understand the spectrum of trans identities through discussions on terminology, changing/evolving language, social and political issues uniquely experienced by trans folk, and strategies on how to be an ally to trans communities on and off campus. The workshop offers a starting point for more deeply engaging with the dynamics of gender, identity, and expression.  We are happy to adapt this training to meet the needs of different groups.   Examples include: 
    • Healthcare Settings
    • Athletics and Campus Recreation  
  • Allyship as Suicide Prevention:  A presentation looking at different mental health challenges experienced by LGBTQ+ individuals and how allyship can help prevent suicide within the LGBTQ+ community on and off campus. The presentation will explore allyship and accomplicehood as it relates to supporting individuals in crisis and resources available to help individuals supporting others in crisis.
  • Other Presentations and Guest Lectures

All trainings and presentations can be adapted to meet course objectives across academic disciplines. Examples of past guest lectures include:

  • Athletics and Religion
  • Gender and Sexual Diversities in Media
  • LGBT Representation in Media
  • International Approaches to Sexuality and Gender
  • Queering Feminism
  • LGBTQ Identities and Sports
  • Inclusive Language