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Frequently Asked Questions about the Safe Zone Program

Why do we have Safe Zone?

Safe Zone exists to provide University of Wyoming students, faculty, staff, and surrounding community members a safe area to discuss issues related to sexual orientations, gender identities, and expressions.  Safe Zone exists to provide those who are interested in becoming LGBTQ allies more training and knowledge to do so, as well as continue to educate those who already identify as allies. Safe Zone was created to provide a safer, more receptive, and overall more accepting campus climate by preparing members of the UW community to serve as a visible network of allies to the LGBTQ communities.

What is Safe Zone?

Safe Zone is a program designed to increase the overall campus community's understanding and awareness of issues faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning (LGBTQ) and other marginalized persons. By increasing understanding, Safe Zone strives to improve the campus climate toward LGBTQ individuals. The Safe Zone Program currently offers a Safe Zone 101 training, but Gender Identity 101, LGBTQIA Issues in Health Care, and Advanced Ally trainings are currently being developed. 

What does it mean to be a Safe Zone member?

Although not all participants may choose to become Safe Zone members, those who do agree to be allies for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals. Members also are willing to assist LGBTQ individuals in accessing support and information resources on campus and in the community. Safe Zone members also agree to listen, maintain confidentiality, comfortably use inclusive language, avoid stereotyping, and to not assume heterosexuality.

Members can display a Safe Zone logo to identify themselves as someone who has chosen to educate her/himself about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues and has information about local resources. By displaying the Safe Zone logo, the Safe Zone member is self-disclosing their choice to be an LGBTQ ally and that the space is a safe zone for LGBTQ individuals.

Anyone who is interested and willing to be an ally/advocate can participate in Safe Zone. Members of Safe Zone need only to be open and supportive to the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals and must be willing to learn about some of the various issues related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and expressions.

Do I have to be LGBTQ to join Safe Zone?

Displaying the Safe Zone logo and/or participating in the Safe Zone program does not mean that you are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered. 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.

How do I become a Safe Zone member?

The best way to become a Safe Zone member is to come to one of our scheduled trainings! If you have any questions, concerns, or comments contact our Safe Zone Coordinator at or call us at 307-766-6340 for more information.

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