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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
SafeZones are scheduled throughout the semester and are also available by request. Please contact the LGBT Center to learn more.
SafeZone participants must register at least 24 hours in advance. To register email email@example.com (include your name, date, and any specific questions).
Agencies, classrooms and other organizations may contact the LGBT Center to schedule a training. We will try our best to accommodate requests in a timely manner.
For upcoming trainings or to schedule a training, contact the center at firstname.lastname@example.org or 740-593-0239
LGBT 101 ~ Our original SafeZone that is most often requested. 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.
Trans & Gender Variant Identities ~ Expanding the OHIO SafeZone project, this workshop will help participants better understand trans identities through discussions on terminology, changing / evolving languahe, 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.
Bisexual & Pansexual Identities ~ In this workshop you will learn a brief 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.
Sacred and 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 queerr 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.
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.
SafeZone for Healthcare Professionals ~ Our LGBT 101 SafeZone adapted for healthcare and medical settings.
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 multifacetedness 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 than 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.
***though the times for each SafeZone are about 2 hours, the center can shorten presentation to fit different time needs and commitments. Contact delfin with questions.