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About Safe Zone

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What is an ALLY?

  • Someone who is committed to providing visible, tangible support for the GLBT community.
  • Someone you can go to for day to day advice, and know that your sexuality is not an issue and is not something you have to worry about concealing.
  • Someone who is committed to providing a confidential safe zone for members of the GLBT community – a place where your actions and words do not have to be guarded.
  • Someone who is available as  reference for anyone with questions about sexuality issues. An ally may not always have an answer, but should know where to find it.
  • A role model for the straight community.
  • Someone who has agreed to continually improve their knowledge about the GLBT community and issues via inservice training sessions and campus programs.
  • Someone who agrees to combats homophobia and heterosexism on a personal level.
  • Someone who believes that our campus is enriched and enlivened by the diversity of GLBT students, faculty and staff.
  • Someone who can comfortably use inclusive language, avoid stereotyping and be actively aware of heterosexism.
  • Someone who agrees to support other allies.

An ALLY is not:

  • (Necessarily) a licensed, professional counselor, but an ALLY can offer someone a menu of alternative sources for help.
  • A spokesperson for the GLBT communities at large, but an ALLY is an individual that can speak for themselves from their experience
  • An expert on the "coming out" process, but an ALLY is someone who is sensitive to and concerned for individuals during this process. An ALLY can offer someone a selection of other to whom they can speak.

Key Concepts

  • The Safe Zone Project is a completely voluntary program. All participating members must be committed to the principles of the program in order for it to work effectively.
  • An individual may be an ALLY for the GLBT community, however their actions mean little if they simultaneously put down other groups of people on the basis of their race, culture, gender, social status, or physical and mental abilities.
  • Displaying a sticker means that a person is participating in the safe zone campaign. However, if a person does not display a sticker, there is no negative connotation. For example, in MADD's campaign to eliminate drunk driving, participants' display a red ribbon tied to their car antenna to signify that they are not driving drunk. However, when one sees an antenna without a red ribbon, one does not assume that the person in the car is driving under the influence.
  • An individual who chooses to go through this program and obtain a sticker is going above and beyond the requirements of the non-discrimination clause. As with the MaDD example, there can be NO assumptions made regarding an individual who does not display a sticker.

CSU, Chico endeavors to provide an environment conducive to growth in mind, spirit, and human sensibility. No person shall, on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, disability, veteran status, or national or ethnic origin be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, under any program of the University.

(Adapted from the University non-discrimination statement)

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