The SafeZone program
An LGBT & Ally training program administered by the LGBT Center to educate the CCSU campus members on LGBT issues and resources.
This programs acts as a visibility campaign to make supportive members of the CCSU community identifiable to those in need.
Rationale for the SafeZone Program
Unlike more visible under-represented minority groups, lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, questioning, and intersex (LGBTQI) individuals cannot be readily identified. If an LGBT person needs help there is also often no easy way to identify people who might be supportive or hostile on LGBTQI issues. Because it is so hard to identify empathetic and supportive allies, people in the LGBT community often experience isolation and loneliness. Even locating basic information can become risky and logistically difficult when there are few open networks, directories and resources.
Across the country SafeZone programs have been developed to help make this support network of allies visible and provide them with the information and tools needed to respond to basic needs in the community.
The Objectives of SafeZones
To identify and mobilize a group of people across campus that are empathetic and informed about LGBTQI issues and are willing to provide support, information and a safe haven to students, staff and faculty in need.
To reduce the feeling of isolation and fear of discrimination or harassment for LGBT people within the CCSU community.
To provide evidence of having completed a training session that provided a background on LGBTQI issues, and the resources at CCSU for this community.
The SafeZone Sticker
The outer green rim represents the community of LGBTQI & heterosexual allies. The pink and black triangles are historic symbols that have been adopted by the LGBT community as symbols of Pride. Pink triangles were sewn onto "uniforms" to identify the gay men in Nazi camps during the Holocaust. The black triangle has specifically been reclaimed by lesbian women who were part of the group assigned to wear the black triangles in Nazi camps. This group included lesbians and other socially undesirable women, such as prostitutes, criminals and gypsies.