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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, and Allied Resource Office University of Illinois Springfield

Safe Zone Pledge

UIS Safe Zone Pledge

Members sign this pledge and receive their sign after completing Fundamentals and two advanced sessions.

I, _________________________________, hereby give myself permission to be imperfect with regards to homophobia, heterosexism, and transphobia. It is acceptable if I do not know all of the answers or if at times my ignorance and misunderstandings become obvious. I have permission to ask questions that appear stupid. I have permission to struggle with the issues and be upfront and honest about my feelings. I am a product of this homophobic, heterosexist, and transphobic culture, and I am who I am. I don’t have to feel guilty about what I know or believe, but I do need to take responsibility for what I can do now.

I will:

  • Display a UIS Safe Zone sign on my office or residence hall room door, backpack, clothing, and other personal space on campus.
  • Continue to educate myself on LGBTQ concerns.
  • Work to change my false and inaccurate beliefs or oppressive attitudes.
  • Allow students to make their own decisions about their lives by offering resources and support.
  • Support and affirm the faith and spiritual lives of LGBTQ people at UIS.
  • Be supportive and accepting of sexual and gender diversity and committed to combating homophobia and transphobia.
  • Be non-judgmental when discussing issues impacting LGBTQ individuals’ lives.
  • Support the building of a safe, supportive and welcoming environment for LGBTQ people at UIS.
  • Respect the ways in which LGBTQ people enrich and contribute to the campus community.
  • Advocate for the right of students to grow, learn and develop in a healthy and supportive environment, free of prejudice, intolerance, bias, and discrimination.
  • Maintain a high level of confidentiality for those who seek support through the Safe Zone program.
    Participate in other UIS Safe Zone continuing education sessions.

I grant permission to the LGBTQA Resource Office to post my name on the UIS Safe Zone online list and in campus ads.

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