SafeZONE is a workshop designed to increase the overall campus community's understanding and awareness of issues faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, asexual/ally (LGBTQIA) and other marginalized persons. SafeZONE was created to provide a more inclusive and accepting campus climate.
Why do we have SafeZONE?
Arizona State University (ASU) and the surrounding community are proud of their culturally diverse population and support cultural diversity in every way possible. SafeZONE is a subtle way to say that all sexual orientations and gender identity and expressions are part of our culture and are acknowledged and supported.
What does it mean to be a SafeZONE Ally?
Individuals who agree to display the SafeZONE Ally placard agree to be aware of the presence of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals. SafeZONE Allies also believe that campuses and communities are enriched by the diversity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and asexual individuals and are willing to assist individuals in accessing support and information resources on campus and in the community. SafeZONE Allies also agree to maintain confidentiality at work and comfortably use inclusive language, avoid stereotyping, and do not assume heterosexuality. Finally, SafeZONE allies agree to be positive, supportive and affirming to students, staff and faculty who wish to talk about being LGBTQIA.
Individuals who display a SafeZONE Ally placard identify themselves as someone who has completed SafeZONE training.
SafeZONE allies are open and supportive to the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, and asexual individuals and willing to learn about issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity and expressions.
Do I have to be LGBTQIA to be a SafeZONE Ally?
Displaying a SafeZone symbol does not mean that you are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. It means you are supportive of the needs of others and willing to learn about issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.