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Safe Zone JMU

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Jeremy Hawkins

on 7 April 2017

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Transcript of Safe Zone JMU

Some Thoughts on Structure and Goals for the Workshop:
To increase knowledge of the Safe Zone JMU program.
To raise awareness of the issues faced by JMU's LGBT*Q students, faculty, and staff.
Provide information regarding homophobia, heterosexism, transphobia, and the acceptance of difference.
Prepare you to become allies for the LGBT*Q community.
Breaking Free from the Binary...
What do I do if a Queer person comes out to me?
What is a Safe Zone?
Safe Zone is a voluntary network of faculty, staff and students who believe that every member of the university community should have an equal opportunity to grow and learn in a safe and open environment.
Safe Zone JMU
Safe Zone workshops are not only a "safe" space, but they should also be a "brave" space.
The only bad questions are the ones you don't ask.
Feel free to add a question to the "parking lot" at any time.
Understand that everyone is at a different place on their journey as an ally*.
Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans* Queer Intersex Questioning Asexual/Androgynous
Write Down:
The three things you think about the most
Where you spend the majority of your time
What is most important to you
Meet and Greet!
Ask about:
Physical acts of hate and violence, like beating up someone because they're gay
Verbal assault, like standing in front of Carrier and telling gay people they're sluts, sinners, and going to Hell
Discriminatory acts, like refusing to shake someone's hand because they're gay

Assuming everyone you meet is straight
Asking invasive questions about LGBQ relationships and sex that you wouldn't ask straight colleagues
Referring to something as "gay" when you really mean "unfavorable" or "disliked"
Assuming that lesbians are only interested in women because they couldn't find a man
Referring to someone's sexuality as "a phase"
A bias towards heterosexuality or the exclusion of homosexuality. This includes the presumption that heterosexuality is superior to homosexuality and the thought that heterosexuality is normal, while homosexuality is a deviation.
It's not just the word, it's the connotation!
Things Straight People Might Take for Granted:
Public recognition and support for your intimate relationships
Being affectionate with your partner without fear of harassment or violence
Talking about your relationships with coworkers/classmates without fear of their reaction
Being able to adopt and foster-parent children
Being open about living with your partner to everyone
Receiving validation for your relationship and identity in your religious community
Immediate access to your loved ones in cases of accident or emergencies
Sharing health, auto, and homeowners insurance policies at reduced rates
Sexual Orientation
Gender identity
Trans* Respect/Etiquette/Support 101
Student Panelists!!!
How can I be a strong ally?
What makes a space (dorm/classroom/office) safe?
What is the current climate and culture like at JMU?
What is the climate like off campus?
What now?
What resources are available?
Remember, it's not just a sticker...
A range of antagonistic attitudes and feelings towards people who are trans* or who otherwise defy and/or blur traditional gender norms.
Things Cisgender People Might Take for Granted:
Being able to use the restrooms in public spaces
Being referenced by your preferred name and pronouns
Not being housed in the wrong section of a facility segregated by sex
Not spending thousands of dollars on a therapist to confirm what you already know
Not considering hiding body parts by binding or tucking
Not having to worry that family will present you crossdressed, against your wishes, at your funeral
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