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ASU Safe Zone Workshop

Presented by: Student & Cultural Engagement
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Jose Napoles

on 31 October 2013

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Transcript of ASU Safe Zone Workshop

Safe Zone
ASU Student & Cultural Engagement
- Is open-minded to questions from and about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) people and their issues.
- Supports policies that bring equity to otherwise inequitable situations and gives open support for LGBT issues.

House
Keeping
P – Participate to your own comfort level
L – Listen actively / respect one another’s ideas & comments
E – Experiment with new ideas / challenge already established assumptions
D - Do not judge others
G - Get the most out of this program
E - Enjoy yourself!

Queer People of Color
To Better Understand.
Understanding their Perspective
Name
Major / Department
Preferred Gender Pronouns (PGP)
She/her, him/he/his, ze/hir, others?
What do you hope to get out of/what are your expectations for today’s SafeZONE workshop?

**Please silence your cell phones**
Write a time when you said or did something that was homophobic or heterosexist or you witnessed homophobia or heterosexism.

Please do not include any identifying information, no individual names. These will be read aloud anonymously.

Resources
What does being an Ally or creating Safe Zones mean to you?

Why be an Ally or have Safe Zones?

How can you be an Ally/create Safe Zones?

International Students
Introductions
wHAT IS...
The Vocabulary
Ally:

Someone who advocates for, supports, and accepts members of a community other than their own. Allies reach across differences to achieve mutual goals. LGBTQI (Safe Zone) Allies take action to combat homophobia and heterosexism within themselves, others, and in societal institutions.
Gay:

Sexual identity of homosexual men, although some homosexual women may also use this term. One of the few terms applied to homosexuals that have been adopted by them as a sign of pride. “Gay” is also colloquially used as an umbrella term to include all LGBTIQ people.
Lesbian:
A woman attracted to women. Lesbian is derived from the Greek isle of Lesbos, where the poet Sappho has a school in 400 B.C. and is one of the oldest and most positive terms for gay women.
The Vocabulary
Bisexual:

Also “bi.” This term refers to a person who is attracted to two sexes or two genders, but not necessarily simultaneously or equally. This used to be defined as a person who is attracted to both genders or both sexes, but since there are not only two sexes (see intersex and transsexual) and there are not only two genders (see transgender), this definition is inaccurate. (Traditionally, Bisexual people are defined as having erotic, affectionate, romantic feelings for, fantasies of, and experiences with women and men, and/or who self-identify as bisexual.)
Asexual:
Having no evident sex or sex organs. In usage, may refer to a person who is not sexually active, or not sexually attracted to other people.

The Vocabulary
Genderbread Person 2.0
The Vocabulary
The Vocabulary
The Vocabulary
Transgender:
Transgender (sometimes shortened to trans or TG) people are those whose psychological self ("gender identity") differs from the social expectations for the physical sex they were born with. One example would be a female with a masculine gender identity or who identifies as a man.
An umbrella term for transsexuals, cross-dressers (transvestites), transgenderists, gender queers, Transgender is not a sexual orientation; transgender people may have any sexual orientation. It is important to acknowledge that while some people may fit under this definition of transgender, they may not identify as such.
Pansexual:
A person who is fluid in sexual orientation and/or gender or sex identity. One who exhibits many forms of sexual expression and may love men, women, transgendered people and gender fluid people.

Intersex:
Intersex people are born with "sex chromosomes," external genitalia, or internal reproductive systems that are not considered "standard" for either male or female. The existence of intersexuals shows that there are not just two sexes and that our ways of thinking about sex is socially constructed.
Gender: A socially constructed system of classification that ascribes qualities of masculinity and femininity to people.
Gender-neutral: Nondiscriminatory language to describe relationships—e.g. “spouse” and “partner” are gender-neutral alternatives to the gender-specific words “husband,” “wife,” “boyfriend” and “girlfriend.”
Genderf*ck: The idea of playing with ‘gender cues’ to purposely confuse “standard” or stereotypical gender expressions, usually through clothing.
Gender Queer: A gender variant person whose gender identity is neither male nor female, is between or beyond genders, or is some combination of genders. Often includes a political agenda to challenge gender stereotypes and the gender binary system.
Two-Spirited:
Native persons who have attributes of both genders, have distinct gender and social roles in their tribes, and are often involved with mystical rituals (shamans). Their dress is usually a mixture of male and female articles and they are seen as a separate or third gender.
Cisgender:
a gender identity, or performance in a gender role, that society deems to match the person’s assigned sex at birth. The prefix cis- means "on this side of" or "not across." A term used to call attention to the privilege of people who are not transgender.
Now time for an activity :)
Learning Outcomes
1. Develop awareness of issues faced by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, & Asexual (LGBTQIA) people.

2. Enhance understanding of language based around the LGBTQIA community.

3. Explore opportunities on becoming an Ally and Creating Safe Zones.

4. Examine your personal knowledge and feelings about LGBTQIA people.

5. Gain knowledge on how to apply action/activism for the LGBTQIA community.
Becoming An Ally
Levels of Oppression

Dynamics of being a Top

Spirituality

"Down Low" or "DL"
Education on the LGBTQA Community

Double Life

State of Regression


- Commits to educating oneself, and others, about oppression, heterosexism, biphobia, transphobia, and homophobia, and to combat it on a personal level
- Works towards providing a safe, confidential support network for members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community.
- Believes that our campus is enriched and enlivened by the diversity of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people.
Questions to Ask Yourself
Heterosexism
&
Homophobia
Personal Reflection Exercise
Time to Read the Reflections
Tolerance

Acceptance

Respect

Advocacy
Actions to Consider
Inclusive Language
"Hey, you guys"

"How's your boyfriend/girlfriend doing?"

"Can you man the front desk?"

"That's So Gay"

Any Others?
Time to Fill out
Personal Statement
Thank You!
LGBT Certificate & LGBTQA Courses

LGBTQA Organizations
LGBTQA Coalition
GenderWhat?
OutLaw
GradOut
Lesbian & Gay Journalist Association
Downtown Queers & Allies
Unity
Spectrum


LGBTQA Services - http://www.asu.edu/studentaffairs/mu/lgbtq
Questions???
Inclusive Language
Queer:
An umbrella term to refer to all LGBTIQ people. A simple label to explain a complex set of sexual behaviors and desires. For example, a person who is attracted to multiple genders may identify as queer.
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