Safe Zone Program
Imagine if you had to be on guard all of the time because you were afraid to tell anyone who you really were. If your friends found out, they might suddenly stop associating with you. Your professors might grade your papers more harshly or even fail you. Your parents might withdraw their financial support, making it impossible for you to attend school altogether. Your co-workers might start ignoring you, and your boss might fire you. Many gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) people have to face these fears every day. No place feels safe, and no person can be trusted.
The Safe Zone Program seeks to identify places where LGBT members of the UE community will be accepted and respected, and people with whom they can be open and trusting. All LGBT-friendly staff, students, and faculty members are invited to post a Safe Zone rainbow sticker on their door or in their office. Along with the sticker, every Safe Zone participant receives a list of resources and information on LGBT issues.
By posting a sticker, participants agree to:
- Be an ally for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered members of the UE community
- Confront homophobic and homoprejudiced behavior on campus
- Actively combat heterosexism and challenge other members of the community to do the same
- Keep the identities of LGBT people with whom they have contact confidential
- Serve as a referral source for LGBT persons on campus
- Continue their own education regarding LGBT issues