Safe Zones

What is an Ally?

An ally is a person who

  • Understands his/her responsibility to be concerned with the treatment of others.
  • Appreciates LGBTQIA+ people as experts of their own life experiences and realizes that they a can learn from LGBTQIA+persons and their allies.
  • Appreciates the diversity of our community and views LGBTQIA+ people as a valid part of that diversity.
  • Becomes aware of the societal beliefs and influences that face LGBTQIA+ 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 LGBTQIA+ 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 LGBTQIA+ 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 LGBTQIA+ students.

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Interested in becoming a Safe Zones Ally?

Participate in a Safe Zones orientation. For the next orientation date, contact Safe Zones or Kinyata Adams Brown.

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