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Safe Zone Homepage

Safe Zone educates JMU faculty, staff, and students about issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and questioning individuals (LGBTQIQ) and their loved ones.


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Educate yourself!

• Trans Student Educational Resources: Great infographics that are aways up-to-date. These reflect current research and theory. they are terrific for classes and self-education.

Safe Zone Workshop Packet: A variety of resources we use in workshops. We also use a Prezi presentation and distribute fiers from the LGBT&Ally Education Program. (See the next two links.)

Safe Zone Workshop Prezi presentation. You might be looking for that video or to revisit some definitions and examples of homophobia, transphobia, microaggressions, etc.

Fliers from JMU's LGBTQ&Ally Education Program that we use in workshops: Crisis, Confidentiality, and Microagressions, all in one file.

Some Effects of Homophobia

• What is Transphobia?

When A Friend Comes Out To You: Of course, every person is different, as is every coming out conversation, but here's some language to have on hand, just in case.

• What is an Ally?  Step One from HRC.

• Being An Ally: Step Two - Understanding Active Oppression – Indifference – Oppression Through Lack of Action – Growing as an Ally – Challenging Oppression – Joining an Ally Support Network – Challenging heterosexist Systems.

 • Allies vs. Advocates: Let's do both!

51 Fabulous Ways to Support Gay Lesbian and Bisexual Students on Your Campus

• LGBT Timeline: From CNN.

• More Self-educationA great list of links to great places for learning more about a variety of LGBTQ+ topics.

Policy Guidance: Best practices for supporting LGBTQ+ students on college campuses including (application) forms.

• Title IX Guidance: "Dear Colleague Letter" on transgender student rights and the responsibilities of educational institutions under Title IX.

• JMU EEO Policy #1302: Includes gender identity, sexual orientation, and genetic information (among others).

• JMU Discrimination and Harassment Policy #1324: Includes gender identity, sexual orientation, and genetic information (among others).

• LGBTQ+ Equality I:  Advocating for LGBTQ+ equality in the workplace.

• LGBTQ+ Equality II: The national LGBTQ+ Equality Act.

• LGBTQ+ Equality III: The case against equality.

• LGBTQ+ Equality IIIb: An example, in practice.

• LGBTQ+ Equality IV: Equality vs. Equity.

• LGBTQ+ Equality V: Against Equality - The Blog.