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Safe Zones

Safe Zones

What is an Ally?

 

An ally is a person who…

  • An ally understands his/her responsibility to be concerned with the treatment of others.
  • Appreciates LGBT people as experts of their own life experiences and realizes that they a can learn from LGBT persons and their allies.
  • Appreciates the diversity of our community and views LGBT people as a valid part of that diversity.
  • Becomes aware of the societal beliefs and influences that face LGBT people and knows that these experiences might make them hesitant to trust an ally.
  • Expects to make some mistakes, and does not use any feelings of guilt to become an ineffective ally or as an excuse for non-action.
  • Has a sense of humor.
  • Has good intentions that can be seen and felt.
  • Is able to identify harmful jokes or acts and challenges these behaviors as often as he/she can without being defensive, sarcastic, or threatening, especially when LGBT persons are unable to safely do so themselves.
  • Is comfortable saying the words: gay, lesbian, and transgender.Is working to develop an understanding of homosexuality and the needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people.
  • Is concerned about LBGT issues and is willing to work collaboratively to create a more inclusive community among faculty, staff, and students.
  • Is willing to “own” his/her own prejudices, stereotypes, feelings, assumptions, thoughts, attitudes, and behaviors.
  • Listens, assists and knows whom to contact for support.

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An ally is not a person who…

  • Has all the answers.
  • Is expected to be a therapist or tell students what to do to fix their problems.
  • Will give preferential treatment to LGBT students.

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Interested in becoming a Safe Zones Ally?

Participate in a Safe Zones orientation. For the next orientation date, contact Dean Bethany Marlowe or Zachary Christian.

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CONTACT INFORMATION
Safe Zones
246 DiGiorgio Center
Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA
803/323-4503
803/323-4515 (Fax)
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