Ohio University

SafeZone and Presentations

About SafeZone

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 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 current SafeZone curricula, the center is happy to create a tailored presentation and/or explore creating a whole new training on LGBTQ identities for particular courses, groups, and communities (such as medical / healthcare community, mental health groups, teachers/educators, religious communities, etc).­ To learn more contact lgbt@ohio.edu

Though two hours is ideal for a SafeZone workshop, we will make any timeframe work (we also know that following shorter trainings, individuals and/or groups will often contact the center for a longer followup training).  We are committed to educating in whatever way is most accessible to folks as well as sparking interest to delve deeper into 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; we request at least two weeks advance notice (the sooner the better to ensure we can accommodate multiple requests; we will also consider last minute requests based on staff availability).  


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:  In this workshop you will learn the history of bi and pansexual identities and movements in the United States, uncover personal biases towards middle sexualities, and learn 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, issues uniquely experienced by trans folk, and exploration of strategies on how to be an ally to trans communities on and off campus. The workshop offers a starting point for the deeper engagement of 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  
  • Sacred Sexy Intersectionality ~ Exploring Religion, Gender, 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 sexuality. Adopting an interfaith intersectional lens, the workshop will explore how different religious traditions have a queer history and how LGBTQ individuals are reclaiming spirituality. Also, participants will explore how communities of faith have served and 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, sexuality, gender, and social justice.  We are happy to adapt the presentation to address specific dynamics within different denominations and religious traditions. 
  • 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.
  • Queer Identities and Relational Violence:  A presentation that raises awareness about the unique needs of LGBTQ+ victims and survivors of sexual and domestic violence.
  • Generation Q ~ Youth and the Expansion of Sexual and Gender Diversities:  This presentation will discuss the generational differences and richness of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and queerness, with a specific focus on how young people today are expanding and redefining sexuality and gender. Topics covered will include: brief overview of basic terminology; current trends on sexual and gender diversity; intersectionally infused trauma-informed care (or clinical advocacy) as a framework to support youth in crisis; and resources that ALL can access.
  • Rainbow Intersectionality and Queering Privilege:  This presentation will provide an opportunity for participants to break themselves out of boxes in order to create safer spaces that recognize the multiple identities of the individuals and groups we serve. Adopting a queer and intersectional approach to identity, we will explore how LGBTQ identities conflict, challenge, and enrich other aspects of identity such as race, ethnicity, geographic location, religion, sex, ability, education, socio-economic status, etc. After exploring our own intersectional identities, we will then enter into a conversation about intersectional approaches to privilege (starting with heterosexual and cisgender privileges as well as privileges within LGBTQ communities).  Finally, we will explore how privilege can be a transformative dynamic for change in the communities we serve.
  • Queering Body Positivity:  This presentation explores the body positivity movement’s inclusion and areas of growth when engaging queer bodies.  Topics covered include:  impact of eating disorders on the LGBTQ community, trans-inclusive body image, and intersectional identity affirming strategies related to bodies. 
  • Accomplices in the Searching:  A presentation developed for our admissions office that has expanded to engage highschool counselors and other groups working with LGBTQ youth searching for their “ideal” college / university.  Topics covered include:  generational dynamics around LGBTQ vocabulary, best practice suggestions for recruiting queer youth, specific issues LGBTQ youth should consider when exploring college possibilities, and resources available at local, state, and national level to assist with the search and selection process. 


Presentations and Guest Lectures

The trainings above can be adapted to meet course objectives across academic disciplines.  In addition, LGBT Center staff are open to creating course-specific lectures and discussions.  Examples of guest lectures given 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